Sam Bayley


Sam has spent most of his career as a conservation land manager for various organisations in the UK including various local authorities and the National Trust.  His last role in this field was Head Ranger at the National Trust property of Leith Hill in the Surrey Hills, managing 1500 acres of high conservation land, historic gardens and buildings and over a million visitors a year.

On moving to Ireland in 2016 he spent two years managing Cape Clear Bird Observatory for BirdWatch Ireland before joining UCC in November 2017 as Research Assistant on the ERC funded project “The Evolutionary Ecology of Cognition.”

Research Interests

Since 2005 Sam has become an experienced field researcher in Ornithology, principally through bird ringing and training others.  Sam has been involved in expeditions to The Gambia, South Africa, Singapore, Spain and Finland, involved in research of both migrant and resident species and training of local people.




Sam Bayley

Contact Details:


Research Assistant


Research Assistants

UCC Ornithology Research Group

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC North Mall Campus, North Mall, Cork City,