Ardmore is an excellent base for bird watching in the west of County Waterford. Ardmore Bay and the cliffs to the west are good for seabirds, both breeding and offshore, and there is excellent habitat for migrant passerines at Ardmore Head and in the village itself. To the east, as far as Mine Head and beyond, a range of well-vegetated coastal valleys provide excellent migrant habitats. To the west, the estuary of the Blackwater, the Blackwater callows and their adjacent woodlands provide many birding opportunities.
Typical birds include nesting Fulmars and Kittiwakes at nearby Ram Head; divers and waders in Ardmore bay; Whimbrel can be seen in spring; cliff-nesting House Martins; migrant Warblers and Goldcrests.
Rarer species seen include Black-throated Diver, Eider, Red-necked Phalarope, Black Tern, Turtle Dove, Hoopoe, Tawny Pipit, Black Redstart, Icterine Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Pied Flycatcher, and Crossbill.