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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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Bottlenose dolphins in Mayo

It takes time and effort to learn what marine mammals are present off the Mayo coast. One collaborative effort involving Dutch, Norwegian, English and Irish scientists occurred between 2008-2009 off the Galway and Mayo coast. Bottlenose dolphins in Connemara and Mayo 2008-2009. Movement patterns between two coastal areas in the west of Ireland. A totalContinue reading “Bottlenose dolphins in Mayo”

Common Seals in Clew Bay

One of the most interesting marine mammals in Clew Bay is the Common Seal. Clew Bay’s archipelago of islands hosts a number of seal haul outs where seals can be seen from passing boats. Common seals come to shore during June to give birth and mate again around this time but usually in the water.Continue reading “Common Seals in Clew Bay”

Harbour Porpoise in Clew Bay 2017

Discover Ireland’s smallest whale in Clew Bay

Herring arrive in Clew Bay

While fishing with some French visitors from Arles, they caught the first herring I have seen in Clew Bay. Known to come into the bay in the autumn fishermen fished at night with nets to catch the shoals of herring. Back in the 1970’s there was a herring fishery off Mayo, but it was overfished.Continue reading “Herring arrive in Clew Bay”

Clew Bay – island archipelago

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Wild Atlantic Charters in Clew Bay, County Mayo

Wild Atlantic Charters is set up by marine biologist and photographer Shay Fennelly to explore Clew Bay’s Island archipelago wildlife and marine environment.

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