Nature lovers invited to come along to city home for threatened Lapwing and Curlew
NATURE enthusiasts are invited to bring their families along to an important habitat for ‘threatened species’ such as Lapwing and Curlew in the heart of Londonderry next Saturday (February 2).
Derry City Council and RSPB, are hosting a winter wildlife event at Bay Road Park Local Nature Reserve, at 3.30pm.
Christine Doherty, Derry City Council’s Biodiversity Officer, explained: “World Wetlands Day is the celebration of wetlands of international importance. Lough Foyle and the River Foyle provide important wetland habitat for significant numbers of lapwing and curlew, which are classified as ‘threatened species.’
“These species have declined dramatically in recent years. If you have seen these birds in the Foyle area, either bring these records to the event, or report them to your local biodiversity officer.”
Karen Healy, Bay Road Park Steering Group’s Chairperson, outlined: “Bay Road Park Local Nature Reserve provides a fantastic location in the city, to view our local overwintering bird populations, in particular, Cormorant, Redshank, Black headed gull, Common gull and Common tern.’ Gareth Bareham, RSPB’s Lough Foyle & Beg Project Officer, added: “We will be providing a guided walk along the shores of Bay Road Park, to observe the wonderful wildlife of the area.
“We will highlight the importance of the Foyle for wintering bird populations and key species such as lapwing and curlew.”
This event is funded by Derry City Council and the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme.
Please dress appropriately for the weather, by wearing suitable footwear and warm waterproof clothing. For further details contact Christine Doherty on 02871 365151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Monday 20 May 2013
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