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County Louth (formerly Dundalk Bay) local patch. (1 Viewer)

squidge

Wha Whassssat
Hi Des, I went to see the scoter on Baltray beach itself on one of the higher spits. They were straight out middle distance the time I was there. About half the flock broke off and flew in a southerly direction towards Gormanston.

regards Gerard.
 

squidge

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Serious amount of fires(both fields and vegetation piles)in farmers fields this evening in Drogheda area. I thought this practise was illegal under the habitats directive?
 

breffni

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Serious amount of fires(both fields and vegetation piles)in farmers fields this evening in Drogheda area. I thought this practise was illegal under the habitats directive?

Hi Squidge

Farmers can burn for agricultural purposes (only), but if they burn open areas in an uncontrolled way, this is arson and the fire brigade should be called. The habitats directive covers SACs so if its not an SAC the directive doesn't apply.
 

Dolce

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I saw my first Swifts (about 5) yesterday evening over Buttercrane Shopping Centre around 7.30pm and I also saw my first Swallows flying low over Clanrye River about one week past.
 

squidge

Wha Whassssat
Baltray Little Terns badly needs Volunteers to help out with wardening duties. The colony is nearly a Kilometer long so needs as many bodies as possible.
If you can help out ring Amelie on 0862434874.

Regards Gerard.
 
Little auk

Yesterday there was a little auk flying south from the seawatch point in clogherhead. A first winter Iceland gull was also present in the harbour
 

breffni

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Tomorrow, 7th March at 8pm Prof John Sweeney of Maynooth University will deliver an illustrated talk on Climate Change in general and its effect on Ireland in particular. The talk will take place in the Spirit Store upstairs, Dundalk Docks, Dundalk. John is a climatology specialist. Over the past 30 years he has published approximately 60 scientific papers and edited/co-authored 4 texts on various aspects of climatology and climate change in Ireland. He has served a number of national academic societies as President, Secretary and Treasurer as well as being the Irish representative on a number of European academic bodies. He currently leads a number of nationally funded funded research projects examining various aspects of climate change in Ireland. Professor Sweeney contributed to the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. John is currently President of An Taisce, the National Trust of Ireland.

So if you want to get the story on climate change straight from Ireland’s leading expert, and ask any questions, this is your opportunity!

Entry is Free and all are welcome!
 

breffni

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Reed warblers breeding at two sites in Co Louth, Liscarrage bog and Balmers bog - as far as I am aware this is the first time breeding has been recorded - in 2012 I surveyed the Boyne, Ardee bog, Ballymascanlon and a few large reed bds mid county but never confirmed a reed warbler...though they were probably there all along....

Also this year has been great for cuckoos with two males and a female on one day at Rampark/Jenkinstown, another Windy gap and another Edentober...
 

breffni

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A Ramble through Cooley mountains

Tomorrow, Monday 2nd October at 8pm, Derek Watters will give an illustrated talk entitled A Ramble through the Cooley Mountains upstairs in the Spirit Store, Dundalk Docks, Dundalk.

Derek is an experienced mountaineer and guide and has expertise in the mountain’s natural history and wildlife including birds, mammals and wild flowers, as well as walks, tracks and conservation. It promises to be a very entertaining talk.

Entry is free and all are welcome!

Breffni

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