Clean Coasts activity a major boost for North Dublin’s sea areas

by Rachel Cunningham
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Clean Coasts teamed up last month with the North Bull Island Nature Reserve volunteers to learn more about the biodiversity of the island and the invasive species Sea Buckthorn.

 Participants were guided by Chris Fusco and Sean Fagan, two extremely knowledgeable volunteers who have spent a long time getting to know the island and all of the flora and fauna that live there. Aine Lawless, Dublin Clean Coasts Development Officer said: “After the event we left with a new respect for all of the life on Bull Island and look forward to getting stuck into some Sea Buckthorn removal and biodiversity monitoring at our next event closer to the summer.”

Later that month alongside the Donabate Clean Coasts group, Clean Coasts held a talk in Donabate/Portrane Public library on marine litter and biodiversity. Grace Lyons a Climate Ambassador and recent graduate shared her fascinating research on microplastics in Dublin bay with us and Clean Coasts biodiversity officer Liane Costello gave a talk on marine life in the Dublin area and the interactions between it and marine litter. Over 15 people joined the discussion and some new connections were formed between groups and individuals.

On March 3rd, Clean Coasts teamed up with the Rush South Beach Clean Coasts group and Tidy Towns to do some marram grass planting on an eroded section of sand dunes, as part of the Clean Coasts Roadshow

Finally at the weekend just past, Clean Coasts teamed up with the Rush South Beach Clean Coasts group and Tidy Towns to do some marram grass planting on an eroded section of sand dunes. This area is badly effected by people walking over the dunes and rough weather conditions. This is the second year in a row the group has planted there and the growth from last year’s efforts is evident at the front of the dune now which is very promising. There was a great turn out on the day with lots of hands rowing in from the community and other nearby community groups.

The Clean Coasts Roadshow is a series of informative talks and workshops tailored for coastal communities across Ireland, taking place between January and May each year. This initiative brings together individuals interested in protecting their local beaches, seas, and marine environments. 

The Roadshow events cover a range of topics, including biodiversity, dune systems, marine litter, wildlife, sustainable developments, and the work of local groups and organisations. These events also serve as a platform for community groups to discuss practical matters, such as building volunteer capacity, attracting new members, and sharing responsibilities. Additionally, Clean Coasts Development officer explain about various funding opportunities at a national and regional level, including the Clean Coasts grant scheme for 2024. 

In 2023, Clean Coasts celebrated its 20th anniversary, marking two decades of collaboration with communities to protect Ireland’s waterways, coastline, seas, ocean, and marine life. The Clean Coasts Roadshow in 2023 is a special opportunity to connect with and appreciate the communities and volunteers who have contributed to Clean Coasts’ growth and success. 


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