Project Photo Gallery

Harper’s Island Wetlands Development

 

Derry Delany (Glounthaune) and Tom Gittings (BirdWatch Ireland) overseeing the Scrape (large shallow pond) construction.

 

Garry Tomlins and Derry Delany (Glounthaune) with Paul Moore (BirdWatch Ireland) installing the sluice for the scrape made by Glounthaune Men’s Shed

 

View looking south showing the site of the scrape at Harper’s Island at the beginning of August 2017. The viewing hide can be seen in the bottom left of the picture.

 

View looking south after the scrape was completed at the end of August 2017. The viewing hide can be seen in the bottom left of the picture.

By the end of November the scrape was being used by many birds such as Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwits, Teal, Wigeon and Redshank. By the end of March 2018 over 20 species had been recorded using the scrape. The birds have given our scrape their seal of approval. (Photo: Mark Carmody)

 

New screening to allow access to the island without disturbing the wildlife. The area beyond the gate is currently closed off until the next phase of development is complete.

 

Putting the back wall on the hide, 4th November 2017. Volunteers from BirdWatch Ireland and Glounthaune community at work.

 

Putting the back wall on the hide, 4th November 2017. Volunteers from BirdWatch Ireland and Glounthaune community making good progress.

 

Back wall on the hide finished! 4th November 2017. Volunteers from BirdWatch Ireland and Glounthaune community making it happen.

 

Paul Moore (BirdWatch Ireland) and Garry Tomlins (Glounthaune Community) surveying the newly installed hide seating and shelving, 18th November 2017. Completed by volunteers from BirdWatch Ireland and Glounthaune Men’s Shed.

 

On the 26th November 2017 we were honoured with a visit by Tómas Grétar Gunnarsson (centre), Director / Research Professor at the University of Iceland South Iceland Research Centre. Tómas was very impressed with the centre and delighted to see the Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit as the centre’s emblem. Tomas is a world expert on the Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit and has been studying them for over 20 years. Some of the godwits he has tagged in Iceland have been seen here on the reserve.

 

David Stanton,, local TD and Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, cutting the ribbon on the opening of the hide on the 16th December 2017.

 

David Stanton,, local TD and Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, cutting the ribbon on the opening of the hide on the 16th December 2017.

 

Visitors from Southampton enjoying the views from the hide.

 

Member of the Cork 80th Little Island/Glounthaune Beaver Group become the first group of its kind to visit the centre. 11th February 2018.

 

Excavating of the second scrape/pond at Harper’s August 18th 2018.

 

An almost birds-eye view of the new scrape/pond with last years in the foreground and the roof of the hide just visible on the bottom left of the picture, August 18th 2018.

 

New scrape/pond with the final size outlined in blue, 18th August 2018.

 

The old and the new scrape, well flooded, December 16th 2018.

 

Members of SHEP (Social and Health Education Project) who visited the centre in October 2018.

 

Pupils from Glounthaune National School checking out the wetland birds on the way to the hide, October 25th 2018.

 

Tom Gittings and Mark Shorten removing invasive Spartina from the wetland, January 2019.

 

Conor O’Brien (Glounthaune Community Association) helping to mark the route for the new nature trail in March 2019

 

So far over 500 native trees and shrubs have been planted along the new nature trail being developed in 2019.

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Second hide well under construction in July 2019 thanks to the skilled work of Glounthaune Men’s Shed.

 

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The creation of reedbed habitat well underway. July 2019.

 

Plan of works to be carried out on Harper’s Island in the summer of 2019.