Recognition for harbour wildlife facility
A number of groups have come together to announce that they intend to develop an area in Glounthaune as a wildlife habitat, which will become a mecca for birdwatchers.
Cork harbour is internationally recognised for its wetlands and the thousands of birds who rely on the area, with many travelling from as far as Canada and Siberia.
More than 24 different waterbird species, several of which are declining in numbers nationally, can be found on Harper’s Island, in Glounthaune.
Species such as Wigeon, a dabbling duck from Iceland, as well as the Icelandic Blacktailed Godwits, together with six species of wading birds that breed mainly in the Arctic zone, confirm the importance of the area which is owned by Cork County Council.
ensure its protection and maintenance the council, in association with Birdwatch Ireland, Glounthaune Community Association (with assistance from Glounthaune Tidy Towns and Glounthaune Men’s Shed) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service have announced plans to develop Harpers Island into a wildlife habitat.
A strategically-placed bird hide has recently been in stalled by the council with a view to opening the facility to the general public. This viewing platform is accessed via a screened pathway to minimise disturbance to the birds feeding on the estuarine mud.
A committee consisting of representatives from the council together with the other partner organisations been formed with a view to coordinating the development of the site, primarily with a view to protecting the wildlife amenity but also looking at how it can be used as an education and tourism facility.
Cllr Anthony Barry said he’s delighted to see the work progressing at this location.
“It could not have been achieved without the support of the council who actively engaged with the local community to ensure that this wonderful project will reach its full potential,” he said.
The council has already spent €26,000 on the site.
The viewing hide at Harper’s Island wetland education centre supported by Cork County Council, in Glounthaune.