Geese and Swans
Waders are being
threatened by disturbance due to more night time lighting particularly
around the coast. Also non-native grass Spartina species which were
often planted in mudflats are now spreading and damaging feeding habitat
suitable for waders.
Clare has a healthy breeding population of Curlews. They can be
found in many coastal and wetland areas in Clare.
Habitat: Wetlands including coastal.
What could or does threaten the population: Loss
of habitat through drainage and agricultural intensification.
Also loss of habitat through afforestation of upland peatlands.
Oystercatchers are quite common in Clare and the rest of Ireland. They
can be found in most parts of Clare. They breed in small numbers on offshore
islands in Clare. The oldest recorded wild bird was an Oystercatcher,
which was 36 years old.
Habitat: Coastal areas, wetlands and grasslands.
What could or does threaten the population: Disturbance
of nest and roosting sites and reduced food supply.