The new observatory was opened by Dundalk Tidy Towns and Dundalk Town Council yesterday morning at the Navy bank to coincide with the UN-designated International Day for Biological Diverstiy.
Bird hides and observatories are widespread in Ireland and overseas. However, until now, there has been no bird observatory or hide between the Quoile Pondage on Co Down’s Strangford Lough and the Broadmeadow Estuary in north county Dublin. The new Navvy Bank facility provides the first link in bridging this gap for naturalists and birdwatchers.
The observatory will allow both local people and visitors alike to enjoy bird-watching on the Castletown estuary in comfort and out of the elements.
Cllr Marianne Butler, Cathaoirleach, Dundalk Town Council is due to attend the official opening of the new facility at 11am, Tuesday, May 22.