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Little terns 2019

We will be doing some work on the fencing tomorrow morning, Saturday 11th May from around 10. It involves erecting the fence and some signage. Maurice and Dominic will be coordinating. A few little terns have showed up, variable numbers but max is 40 on the 8th. They...

Dawn Chorus 2019

We will med at the car park at the Ballymascanlon Hotel at 5am and walk the perimeter starting towards the west and looping around the dolmen and back down along the river. All are welcome See you there! Breffni

Heritage Council Funding

We have been informed that The Heritage Council will not be funding community projects this year – this probably means we will need to get funding from elsewhere – though time is now short! Any suggestions welcome! Breffni

Warrenpoint Port proposing to dump dredge material in Carlingford Louth

Warrenpoint have undertaken a study to justify the dumping of huge amounts of dredge material, mainly mobile silt, in the middle of Carlingford Lough. This would undoubtedly have a devastating impact on wildlife in the lough, not to mention aquaculture. This egregious...

End of Season 2018

It looks like 2018 was a bonanza season for terns in the irish sea with large numbers of chicks fedged at Groniant and Kilcoole despite problems with predators and storm Hector. Rockabill had a record number of roseate terns and it was reported that adults typically...

New Signage

Thanks to our Polish friends for the new signs on the beach. We still have ten birds sitting and at least three or four chicks running around. We managed to ring a few chicks last week. Elsewhere in the Irish sea its turning into a boom year for little terns and other...

Update

We have had a mixed couple of weeks at Baltray. Early June  we had nine nests with 23 eggs, one oystercatcher nest with two eggs and a dozen or so ringed plover nests in and around the enclosure. Of these three nests and six eggs were lost in a spring tide, though the...

Six nests North End – Volunteers Needed

We now have six nests and 13 eggs at the north end of the site – about 250 metres from the estuary where they more typically nest. We have erected a cordon and are working on electric fencing but badly need volunteer wardens. The chief threat is walkers and dogs...

Three Nests – Birds Sitting Tight

The last two weeks has seen the little tern flock vary from a maximum of about 50 bids, down to 30 at the weekend. A count on Thursday 24th May only produced eight birds, though there are several active ringed plover nests. However the big news is that yesterday May...