Cllr Anthony Barry, left, with Kieran Dwane, Jim Wilson, Tom Gittings and Paul Moore, all of Birdwatch Ireland Cork branch, at Harper's Island wetland education centre supported by Cork County Council, in Glounthaune, Co Cork. Picture: David Keane. 23.08.2017

A nature tourism project sponsored by Cork County Council, which aims to showcase the diverse array of wildlife, which calls Cork Harbour its home, has taken a step forward.
The Harper Island Hide was made possible thanks to grant aid from the department of Rural Affairs and Cork County Council.
Bird watch Ireland in Association with Glounthaune Community Association, with assistance from Glounthaune Tidy Towns and Glounthaune Men’s Shed and the National Parks and Wildlife Service plan to develop the island into a wildlife habitat.
The new building is in a key location where in time visitors and the local community will be able to rest, shelter from the elements and watch a range of wildlife such as Wigeon, a dabbling duck from Iceland as well as the Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits, together with six species of wading birds that breed mainly in the Arctic zone.
Last Friday 8 September Fine Gael Cllr Anthony Barry officially opened the newly constructed wooden hide at the wildlife haven near Glounthaune.
Speaking at the opening the Carrigtwohill based Cllr said he was “delighted to see the work progressing at this location. It could not have been achieved without the support of Cork County Council, who actively engaged with the local community to ensure that this wonderful project will reach its full potential.”

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