There’s been huge success in County Roscommon in a conservation project for rare Irish birds.
The Red Grouse and the Curlew are rare and endangered species in Ireland, however the species have flourished since 2010 in Ballydangan Bog when the community and Bord na Móna undertook a conservation project. A ceremony to mark the success of the project was held in Roscommon, attended by Minister Denis Naughten and local Minister Heather Humphreys.
Meanwhile, earlier this year the Curlew Conservation Programme was launched in 6 different parts of the country, including North Roscommon and Monaghan. The community of Ballydangan says they look forward to working with other communities to replicate the successful project in Roscommon, as Ballydangan bog has now become a hotspot for curlews. Mark McCorry, – an ecologist with Bord na Móna says collaboration is an important part of conservation projects.