Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fen Life

Today we're again at misty Five Mile Point, near Newcastle, Co Wicklow, the southern end of Birdwatch Ireland's East Coast Nature Reserve as we observe this Mute Swan in the distance.

The East Coast Nature Reserve at Blackditch Wood, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow is an important refuge for wetland plants and birds. There are three main habitats on the reserve: calcareous fen (a rare type of bog), grassland and woodland. The fen, located at Five Mile Point, is the most important habitat for rare flora, whilst the grasslands and pools provide crucial nesting and feeding areas for birds.

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