What future for Native Oysters in Clew Bay?

Oysters have been a source of food for the people around Clew Bay shores from  prehistoric times. ‘Kitchen middens’ which are collections of discarded oysters shells can sometimes be seen exposed on eroded seashore banks and shows our ancestors taste for dining on shellfish picked at low tide. Honour Sisk’s study into the islands inContinue reading “What future for Native Oysters in Clew Bay?”

A new species, Great Egret in Clew Bay 21/11/2019

A Great Egret feeding in Claggan lagoon, Clew Bay, County Mayo. The Little Egret arrived in Ireland and bred in 1997. Now the Great Egret bred in the UK in 2012 and here we have it visiting Ireland’s west coast.  For the last month Birdwatch Ireland have reported a Great Egret in Westport Bay nearContinue reading “A new species, Great Egret in Clew Bay 21/11/2019”

Common Seals in Clew Bay 02082019

Females give birth to a single pup in June or July each year. Pups are very well developed at birth and can swim and dive when just a few hours old. This enables common seals to breed in estuaries where sand- banks are exposed for only part of the day. Mothers feed their young withContinue reading “Common Seals in Clew Bay 02082019”

How many Otters live in Clew Bay?

This is a question no one can answer. Why you may ask? No one has tried to count the otters because to do an otter survey of Clew Bay you need lots of time to search and you need to be able to access 140 small islands. In Shetland a female coastal otter have beenContinue reading “How many Otters live in Clew Bay?”

Islands biodiversity on a March day in Clew Bay 07032019

Hares, Otter, Barnacle geese, Turnstones, Great Northern Divers, Red Breasted Mergansers, Cormorants, Oystercatchers, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit. Recording biodiversity It was a fresh windy day today in Clew Bay. I took advantage of the the shelter from the north west wind by hugging the south side of the islands. I island hopped my way aroundContinue reading “Islands biodiversity on a March day in Clew Bay 07032019”

Clew Bay – help record its Biodiversity

Clew Bay’s iconic mountain Croagh Patrick in the grip of winter is a pleasure to see if you live around the bay or in Westport. The Bay itself is stunning to see if you ever make it up to Croagh Patrick’s summit, a myriad of 140 small islands or treat yourself to Michael Cusack’s book,Continue reading “Clew Bay – help record its Biodiversity”

Clew Bay, 30 December 2018. The sea is warming around Ireland.

It is almost the last day of 2018 on the shores of Clew Bay, on Ireland’s west coast.The weather is unusually mild. Its dry and the temperature is 10 degrees and a gentle breeze is blowing from the south west. This afternoon I saw a flock of teal, a greenshank and five Curlews on aContinue reading “Clew Bay, 30 December 2018. The sea is warming around Ireland.”

Ireland’s government spending more on greyhound and horse racing than on nature conservation

The Irish Wildlife Trust submission to Budget 2018 found that the most recent figures available indicate that the National Parks and Wildlife Service was in receipt of just over €17 million in 2016. For comparison purposes, and perhaps reflecting the priority given to our natural heritage over other interests, the Greyhound Racing Bord received €16Continue reading “Ireland’s government spending more on greyhound and horse racing than on nature conservation”

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