Biodiversity workshop for Clare’s Tidy Towns groups

Biodiversity workshop for Clare’s Tidy Towns groups


Clare County Council will host a Tidy Towns workshop in the Council Chamber at Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis on tomorrow Saturday 4 November from 10.30am to 1.00pm.

The community training and awareness raising workshops will feature a slide show presentation, talk and a local walk focusing on biodiversity and birdlife and how Clare’s Tidy Towns groups can achieve higher marks in the annual competition as well help protect birdlife in their local communities.

Instruction will be given by experienced BirdWatch Ireland staff and local volunteers.  Where there is local interest to erect nest boxes, guidance will be given on physical projects involving erection of Swift boxes and caller systems.

BirdWatch Ireland will be outlining details of the Swift Conservation Project which is aimed at reversing the decline in population numbers throughout Ireland. The recent Bird Atlas 2007-11 shows there has been a substantial loss in range in Ireland since 1970, while the latest Countryside Bird Survey data shows an alarming 39% decline between 1998 and 2013.

Reasons for their decline remain unknown, but it is thought that the loss of available nest sites due to the renovations of old buildings and the impacts of climate change could be significant factors.

Tidy Towns groups or organisations interested in attending the upcoming workshop are asked to contact Congella McGuire, Heritage Officer, Clare County Council, on or  065 6846408.



Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.