Saturday 25 February 2017

Bruce Arnold: Flouting Brussels rules will destroy our coastal heritage

The Roseate Tern is one of Ireland's rarest seabirds. It is the whitest of all the terns, its feathers tinged with a rose-pink hue, particularly on the breast. It differs from the Arctic Tern and the Common Tern, predominantly grey in colour. All three have black caps.

The Roseate Tern has a black bill as well while the other have orange bills. The Arctic Tern migrates almost farther than any other bird, with travels recorded from northern Siberia to Fremantle in Australia. All three seabirds have a natural habitat on Rockabill, off the north Dublin coast. Their feeding ground is the coast from Rush to Drogheda.

Our colony of Roseate Terns represents almost the entire European population, therefore a matter of concern to bird lovers throughout the European Union, which in all-important things has become our supreme federal government. This is so in respect of bird life, for the protection of which the EU requires Ireland to undertake environmental assessments.

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