A ‘Quacking’ Time at Glynn Station Birdwatch

A Birdwatch event is being held at Glynn Halt on the Larne Line on Saturday 20th December from 11am to 1pm. The event has been organised in partnership with Translink.

The event is open to all whether this if your first time bird watchinDSC_0014g or you are an experienced and seasoned bird watcher. There will be bird experts on hand to help with identification, and telescopes, ID guides and binoculars will be available on the day. You will have all you will need if you are new to bird watching, and would like to give it a try.  Hot drinks and Christmas treats will be provided on the day to keep everyone warm.

Some of the birds that you would expect to see on the day include oystercatcher, curlew, wigeon, redshank, herring gull, black headed gull, cormorant, and there is always the chance to see the odd bird rarity, or possibly an otter as well.

Glynn Halt, positioned along the south shore of Larne Lough, is an excellent vantage point to observe birds on Lough.  The station is unique in that you can enjoy excellent views over the lough and is an area in which many birds feed. The lough is an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI), and a Special Area of Protection (SPA) with the birds a key element in its protection. As well as an important breeding ground for certain species the Lough also supports important over-wintering birds such as the light-bellied brent goose and goldeneye.

For more information on the event or if you would like to find out more about biodiversity in your area, please contact Maurice Turley Biodiversity Officer Larne Borough Council. Tel: 02828272313, email turleym@larne.gov.uk