Wetland restoration works completed in Portrane/Donabate 

by Rose Barrett
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Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Adrian Henchy has welcomed Wetland restoration works completed at St Ita’s in Portane in recent weeks.

Having grown up at St Ita’s, Cllr Henchy noted works on both sides of the Donabate Distributor Road are now finished, which included the removal of two redundant construction haul roads, the creation of several new ponds and the restoration of a historical pond.

Great credit, the Mayor said, must go to Hans Visser, Biodiversity Officer with Fingal County Council who said: “The restoration of the wetland at St Ita’s is one of the actions in the Fingal Climate Action and it is great to see that completed. The restoration is also part of a bigger project to develop a new nature reserve at St Ita’s together with the HSE which is one of the priority actions in the new Fingal Biodiversity Plan.

Cllr Henchy noted that most of the restored land will be allowed to recolonise naturally, but FCC will also be organising some tree planting this winter. “The historic wetland that was restored has already attracted a range of new plants and animals,” concluded Mayor Henchy.

This project received financial support from the National Parks & Wildlife Service under the National Biodiversity Action Plan.

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