Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Co. Wexford
The Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, owned in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, is situated in 936ha of land known as ‘sloblands’, which were reclaimed during the mid 1800’s. Wet grassland and tillage, along with a brackish-water drainage channel and reed beds, form the main habitats which collectively make for an internationally important wetland and one of Ireland’s finest bird sites. The area is renowned for the wide diversity and density of its birdlife, particularly during the winter months, when thousands of Greenland White-fronted Geese (around a third of the world population) arrive in October and remain within the area until mid-April. These are joined by wintering Bewick’s and Whooper Swans, as well as Light-bellied Brent Geese and a variety of other ducks and waders. Of particular importance are the flocks of Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits that arrive in nearby Wexford Harbour, where good numbers of Common Scoters also over-winter.