You may be wondering about the new structure in the Tolka Estuary?
In May this year, a raft was moored in the Tolka Estuary by the Dublin Port Company, with welcome assistance from members of the Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club.
|Dublin Port Company’s tern raft near Clontarf. Richard Nairn|
This large steel pontoon, last used for the Tall Ships’ visit to Dublin Port, has been specially adapted for breeding terns, by adding timber walls and a gravel layer, to mimic a single beach.
|Common Terns carrying fish to chicks on the tern raft. John Fox|
Up to 12 Common Terns have been recorded on the raft over the summer, with one pair successfully raising young.