Sunday 23 April 2017

Jackdaws set up nest in belly of dinosaur

Paddy Clancy

IT is surely the most unusual piece of real estate in Ireland.

Jackdaws generally choose from a variety of sites for their nests, such as cavities in trees or cliffs, or inside ruined buildings.

But one pair have really pushed the boat out -- setting up home deep in the belly of a giant 15ft dinosaur.

Leslie Goulden has a pair of the monsters in the garden of his home at Coolaney, Co Sligo.

Since Leslie (61) completed the sculptures 15 years ago, thousands of tourists have visited.

Now one of the giant pre-historic monsters is home to a pair of jackdaws and their chicks.

"There's a lot of activity in the past week or so and you can hear the sound of the babies in the belly," Leslie said.

He insists he wasn't inspired by 'Jurassic Park' when sculpting the models.

One is a Tyrannosaurus Rex and the other a Stegosauras and each weighs about six tons. They are made from half-inch thick steel with plastic, sand and cement.

Irish Independent

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