Monday 29 July 2013

New Tern raft

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. 

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