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Species:

Species Introduction
Marine Mammals
Bats
Other Mammals
Birds
Ducks, Geese and Swans
Birds of Prey
Other Birds
Fish
Reptiles
Amphibians
Crustaceans
Insects
Molluscs
Echinoderms
Vascular Plants
Lichens
Seaweed
Fungi

Waders

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.

Curlew Numenius arquata
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.
Curlew

Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
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.