REVEALED: DONEGAL ISLANDS THE LAST BASTION OF THE IRISH CORNCRAKE

first_imgThe last of the corncrakesDONEGAL’S Islands have become the last bastion of the corncrake, shock new figures show.The number of birds identified have dropped nationally to just 183 – 86 of them are on Donegal’s islands, 43 of them on Inishbofin and Inishdooey.They have disappeared completely from Co Sligo. It is also the first time they haven’t been heard in the Shannon Callows. The Government spent more than €175,000 giving money to farmers to allow their lands to remain unharvested and clear for the corncrake.According to the June survey, the iconic Irish bird is now only found in Donegal, Mayo and the Connemara Islands.Those behind the survey – the National Parks and Wildlife Service – say they are not overly concerned with the apparent drop of 20 per cent in numbers; there were 220 birds last year.They believe the birds just may not have been calling during the survey. However the bird in Ireland remains under serious threat. Despite this it is not classified as being close to extinction because of the large numbers of the birds recorded in other parts of Europe and Russia. REVEALED: DONEGAL ISLANDS THE LAST BASTION OF THE IRISH CORNCRAKE was last modified: November 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Corncrakedonegallast_img read more