Heartbroken to find tallaghts wetlands completely destroyed today. This was a vibrant multilayered ecosystem, home to protected Newts, Frogs, Bats & critically endangered European eels. @sdublincoco assured us this area & inhabitants would be protected. Environmental vandalism. https://t.co/3r90hQE6oq pic.twitter.com/pQUzlmXv7S
— The HSI (@HerpSocIreland) September 21, 2019
At Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght
In The Irish Times.
Brian Hutton reports:
Thousands of creatures have been killed during the unexplained destruction of a “unique little gem” of a nature reserve in south Dublin, conservationists have said.
A parcel of wetland at Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght, used for decades as a dumping ground for silt, had rewilded itself into a “little miracle” that was home to several protected species, including frogs, newts, eels and bats, according to experts.
…On a trip to the wetland on Saturday to carry out a new survey of the wildlife he [Collie Ennis, a research associate at Trinity College Dublin and science officer with the Herpetological Society of Ireland] found that the entire reserve was “flattened like a carpark” and covered in heavy machinery tracks.
“It had completely gone. It was like the surface of the moon. Just blank. Flattened,” he said.