West Clare has a rich diversity of wildlife habitats and populations. The Loop Head peninsula is teaming with seabirds (kittiwakes, guillemots, fulmars), Poulnasherry Bay is a protected site for its breeding waders and wintering wildfowl and agriculture is relatively under-intensive, with extensive wetland areas and bogs. However the dolphins are one of the unique attractions in the area and can act as a flagship with which to attract people interested in wildlife and outdoor activities to West Clare.
The Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation is committed to developing sustainable tourism which ultimately benefits the dolphins and their habitat as well as bringing economic benefit to the region. SDWF were partners in the development of a model for marine ecotourism in West Clare called IRRUS.
Shannon Dolphin Mural Completed
The dolphin mural on the front of the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre in Kilrush is now completed
13 June 2005
New dolphin tour boat operator in the estuary
A new dolphin tour boat operator has been given permission from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to carrying out dolphin watching in the Shannon estuary SAC for the 2005 season. This is the first new operatror since the estuary was designated an S
13 July 2005
Second new dolphin-watch operator in the Shannon estuary
A second new dolphin-watch operator has been given permission from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to dolphinwatch in the Shannon estuary during 2005.
17 August 2005
Tuatha Chiarrai Teo join Committee
Alison Healy of Tuatha Chiarrai Teo (North Kerry LEADER) has accepted the SDWF invitation to join the Committee.
2 November 2005
Good year for dolphin-watching in the estuary during 2005
The Shannon Dolphin Tour Boat monitoring report has just been published. During 2005, the SDWF received records from 431 dolphin trips in the Shannon estuary.
9 February 2006
Good season for dolphin-watching boats in 2007
Despite poor weather and a downturn in tourism in County Clare during 2007, the dolphin-watching boats in the Shannon estuart report a 1% increase in trip numbers
24 January 2008
SDWF Marketing Plan 2000-2005
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