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  31.08.06, 10.38amhrs  |  reported by admin1
  Heritage Week Talks and Walk

~Sunday 3rd of September at 3pm:

Fort Dunree will be hosting an afternoon of talks about wildlife for heritage week at Fort Dunree.

Dermot McLoughlin retired Wildlife Ranger for Inishowen with a lifetime worth of expirience will give a general talk on the natural heritage of Inishowen.

Emmett Johnston - The present day Conservation Ranger will talk on the woodlands heritage of Inishowen.

After the talks and tea, both speakers will lead a walk around the nature trails at Dunree covering relevent topics of the local natural heritage.

The event starts at 3pm and no booking is nessisary.

*Note as usual the walk is weather dependent

Please contact the museam for further details. 074 93 618 17
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  12.08.06, 4.21pmhrs  |  reported by admin1
  Rare Orchid Found

Irish Lady's tresses
,a rare orchid which is one of only four orchids listed on the Irish Flora Protection Order 1999.

This endangered species is on the decline in Ireland. Little is known on the species which flowers at this time of year and is usually found in wetter/ rushy areas of non- intensive grassland.

If you see or have seen an orchid similar to this please contact the local ranger for Inishowen on 074 93 22628 . or contact us through our contact us webpage.
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  12.08.06, 4.13pmhrs  |  reported by admin1
  Corncrake Numbers Down 2006

Early reports indicate a total of 15 calling males were detected on Inishowen this year. This indicates a drop of 3 birds compared with lasts years high of 18.

This is very disapointing, considering all the hard work Bird Watch Irleand have been putting into the census in the area over recent years.

www.nature.ie intends to play a roll in next years census by providing a web based focus for reporting birds and thier wereabouts. This will help focus B.W.I. field officers time and workload.

Thanks to all who reported corncrakes this year, with-out your help the corncrake has no hope of recovery.
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  07.08.06, 7.16pmhrs  |  reported by admin1
  Whale Watch Day Success

Sunday August 6th ~ Over 500 people visited the nature whale watch day exhibition hosted by Fort Dunree. People came to try their hand at whale watching and learn about these magnificent marine creatures. Big hits on the day were the Sperm whale bones display, rock pool and the IWDG identification DVD.

Around 150 people took part in whale watching off the cliff trails at Dunree. People brought their own binoculars and telescopes and also availed of the equipment provided by National Parks and Wildlife Service for the day. Unfortunately no whales or dolphins were sighted at Dunree, which is very unusual even with the breezy conditions on Sunday. Both Harbour Porpoise and Bottlenose Dolphin have resident populations in Lough Swilly.

13 people attended the morning workshop and some of them will now be conducting constant effort watches around the coast of Inishowen. Effort watches help gather vital information on cetacean movements around our coasts.

This year?s aim of raising awareness and appreciation of cetaceans in Inishowen?s waters was a big success. We are already planning next year?s event, which will include Malin Head for the more serious watchers. The nature team was bowled over by the genuine dedication and interest of people. It was a credit to Donegal and Inishowen to see so many people turn up for this event.

Special thanks to everyone who turned up and well done to those of you who took the time to sit and watch with us.

Click here to see photos of this event or go to the events section of the photo gallery.

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  28.07.06, 9.20amhrs  |  reported by admin1
  Whale Watch Day, Aug 6th

Whale Watch Day at Fort Dunree ~ August 6th.

This years National Whale Watch Day August 6th will be celebrated at Fort Dunree which is located 6 miles North of Buncrana. There is loads of different events and displays for all the family organised.

There will be a Whale Watch workshop held during the Morning at the newly refurbished Visitor Centre. Through out the whole day there will be experienced whale watchers on-hand to give practical tips and advice. Come along and try yourself equipment will be available for all to use.

A new interpretative display on whales and Dolphins, including the remains of a huge Sperm whale washed up on Inishowen will be opened along with an educational ENFO (Dublin) display on loan.

We will also be showing the premiere of a short Film of Dolphins and Basking sharks filmed off the coast of Inishowen.

Also on display will be the Information gathered in the Nature appeal on ? Whales and Dolphins the Inishowen story?.

Weather permitting people will be able to watch harbour porpoise, Bottle nose dolphin and possibly Minke whales. There are view points and stunning views along the nature trails at Fort Dunree.

Located at Fort Dunree are toilets, Caf?, Museum, nature trails and stunning vistas of the coastal scenery that Inishowen is so famous for.

Come along there is something for everyone whatever their interest or whatever the weather.

To find out more information or to book onto the Free whale watch workshop see the nature.ie events section. Or ring Emmett Johnston on 0872867055. Please book early as place are limited.
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  28.07.06, 9.08amhrs  |  reported by admin1
  Gathering a Success

Nature flies flag at gathering~

July 21st-23rd.
The nature stand was a big hit with children and adults alike. The touchy feely nature box and the collection of bones nests and information posters realy sparked some peoples imaginations.

The late mist on Friday night did not curtail the bat walk which went well , a large leislier bat ( 10 inch wing span) flew up to and around the group. The bat detector picked up both pipilltrelle and leislier Bats.

10 families took part in the Nature Hunt and the Killen Clan won the self catering weekend for 6 in the old coast guard cottages at Bunagee pier and the second prize of binoculars was won by the Ferns Clan. Well done to all who took part.

Click here to see photos of this event or go to the events section of the photo gallery.

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