Geese and Swans
Gadwall are quite common in Clare and occur in lakes such as Lough
Gash, Lough Donnell and Ballyallia, which holds a nationally important
population. They can also be found in significant numbers in the
Shannon Airport Lagoon. Gadwalls are declining in the rest of
Habitat: Rivers, lakes and wetlands
What could or does threaten the population: Loss
of wetland habitat.
The UK and Ireland support a significant proportion of the Shoveler population
in Europe. In Clare Ballyallia lake and Corofin lakes hold nationally
important populations of Shoveler.
Habitat: Mainly freshwater rivers and lakes.
What could or does threaten the population: Loss of wetland
goose Branta leucopsis
Ireland has a significant proportion of the European population of Barnacle
geese. Recent surveys show the population is showing a slight increase
in Ireland. Barnacle geese can be found on Mutton Island, Ilaunonearaun
and on coastal grasslands around Doonbeg in Clare. A large population
of Barnacle geese gathers off the coast of Clare before migrating to Greenland
Habitat: Grasslands near the coast and offshore Islands.
What could or does threaten the population: Disturbance
at feeding sites. Overgrazing of suitable grasslands by stock and rabbits.
goose Anser albifrons
About 60% of the white-fronted geese migrating from Greenland
over winter in Ireland. The numbers are now declining in Ireland
including Clare. The White-fronted goose can only be found in
three sites in Clare: in Tullaher Bog near Kilkee, Lough George
and Core bog near Feakle. They can also be ocassionally seen in
the Shannon Estuary.
Habitat: Peatlands, wetlands, turloughs, estuaries
and low intensity farmland.
could or does threaten the population: Agricultural intensification
and drainage leading to a loss of habitat, shooting in Iceland and
competition for breeding grounds from the Canada goose.
swan Cygnus cygnus
A significant proportion of the European population over winter in Ireland
and they are quite common in all parts of Clare. They can be found in
Ballyallia lake, the Shannon Estuary, Lough Derg area, turloughs in the
Burren and West Clare wetlands.
Habitat: Lakes, marshes and wet grassland especially
What could or does threaten the population: Loss of habitat
through drainage and disturbance.