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Comprehensive bird survey to be undertaken along Shannon Estuary
02/05/2017 07:47:01

Comprehensive bird survey to be undertaken along Shannon Estuary Year-long study part of Shannon Estuary Strategic Infrastructure Framework Plan
Source: Limerick City & County Council
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The year-long study is being undertaken by McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan on behalf of the Shannon Estuary Strategic Infrastructure Framework Plan (SIFP) Steering Group, comprising stakeholders engaged in the development and management of Ireland’s largest and deepest estuary.

The region’s local authorities, Limerick City and County Council, Clare County Council and Kerry County Council have joined with the Shannon Group and Shannon Foynes Port Company in promoting ‘Deep Water Marine Investment Opportunities’ on 1,220 hectares of land at six Strategic Development Locations deemed appropriate for marine-related investment.

The sites, which are zoned for marine-related industry in Regional and Local statutory development plans, include: Askeaton (98Ha), Foynes Island (40Ha), and Foynes Port and adjoining lands (186Ha) in Limerick, Moneypoint (280Ha); Innismurry/ Cahericon (65Ha) in Clare, and Tarbert - Ballylongford Landbank (550Ha) in Kerry.

The proposed bird usage survey area stretches from Limerick city to where the Shannon Estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean in West Clare and North Kerry. The survey begins during May and is being carried out in accordance with the EU Birds Directive which dictates that an assessment of any such development requires that the most up-to-date comprehensive geospatial data on bird populations is available.

The Shannon Estuary features 500km2 of navigable water running from Kerry Head and Loop Head as far as Limerick city, a distance of 100km. The Estuary is Ireland’s premier deepwater port routinely catering for ships up to 200,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt) with key ports at Limerick and Foynes and direct connectivity to all major international shipping lanes. It is home to a number of large industries and employers, including ESB Moneypoint, Aughinish Alumina, Tarbert Power Station, Shannon International Airport and NORA Fuel Reserve.

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