of Fingal is characterised by three large estuaries at Rogerstown,
Malahide and Baldoyle. These estuaries are amongst the most
important nature conservation areas in Fingal.
Every year, up to 40.000 migratory birds spend the winter
feeding and resting in the Fingal estuaries. Wading birds
such as Godwits, Curlew and Snipe probe in the mud to look
for the millions of tiny creatures that live in the estuary
mud. Other birds such as the Brent Goose and Greylag goose
will feed on the algae growing on the mudflats, while birds
such as Cormorants feed on fish.
In summertime, the estuaries are fairly quiet, but you may
see a Shelduck with their crèches. Underneath the water
though, there is still lots going on. Estuaries are important
nursery areas for many fish species that live out in the sea
such as Herring, Seabass, Cod and Pollack. 25 different species
of fish have been recorded in the estuaries so far.
Find out what we are doing to protect and restore our Estuaries.
Want to know more about plants and animals in our estuaries?
Check out the publications on estuarine plants, birds and
fish in Fingal.