Howth is a
paradise for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts with its stunning
scenery, plants and birds. The Fingal County Council is preparing
a nature conservation plan for Howth Head to ensure the protection
of the many rare plants and animals that can be found here.
One of the key threats to the rare Atlantic Heathland found
on Howth are the Rhodondron shrubs that have spread from the
gardens at the Deerpark Hotel. Local volunteers have cleared
over 60 acres of heathland of this invasive species.
There is also a lot of work underway to make Howth Head more
accessible so that more people can enjoy this beautiful part
of Dublin. The County Council is working together with a local
volunteer group from Howth - Howth Pathways - and in
conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, to re-open some of
the traditional walking routes which traverse the head of
Howth. Howth Pathways meet every couple of weeks and have
the admirable task of clearing the gorse, heather and rhododendron
which can make these ancient paths impassable. Walks must
be maintained and with many more paths in the planning, there
is always more work to be done.
If you are interested in becoming involved please contact
Howth Pathways by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Rickard at 087 931 6645.
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