€44,000 for local biodiversity projects

by Rose Barrett
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The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD has announced €44,000 for Fingal biodiversity projects under the Local Biodiversity Action Fund (LBAF).

For Portrane, €15,000 has been allocated for the restoration of three acres of wetland at St Ita’s Wetlands local nature reserve. A further €15,000 has been allocated for the installation of fencing in Turvey Nature Park to expand the area for grazing and reduce disturbance by dogs to wildlife in the park. 

There’s €6,000 allocated for the preparation of a biodiversity plan for Howth Golf Course and €8,000 to provide for further research on the ecology and movements of Herring gulls in Balbriggan. 

Commenting Minister O’Brien said, “Fingal County Council are real trailblazers when it comes to biodiversity and I’m delighted that this work is being recognised through my Department’s Local Biodiversity Action Fund. 

“The funding provided will have a real and tangible impact and it couldn’t come at a more crucial time. Each of these projects compliment and support the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan, the new draft of which is currently out for public consultation. The closing date for submissions as part of the public consultation is November 9th so I would really encourage anyone who wants their voice to be heard to make a submission at: www.gov.ie/biodiversityplan he concluded.

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