Kildare Wetland Survey 2014

During May the Kildare wetland survey turned up some interesting finds on a wide range of wetlands and associated habitats in the county. These included:

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An area of active raised bog on Mulgeeth Bog north of Allenwood.

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Dark Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Dicallomera fascelina on Mulgeeth Bog.

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Breeding pairs of Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) were found on both Kilglass Quarry and Punchestown Racecourse, rather unusual breeding locations for a species normally associated with coastal shingle beach habitats.

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Over 400 Newts were recorded from the Kilsaran quarry at Usk, where the company has been undertaking wetland restoration work designed by Faith Wilson to benefit this species.... without a doubt a success story !

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And in the middle of the Punchestown Race Course grounds ... a very unexpected transition mire area. 

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And finally these unusual spider egg cases wrapped in black silk and attached to Sparganium emersum leaves from the ponds at Moyvalley Golf Course.

© Peter Foss 2012