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Rogerstown Hides

 

The Frank McManus Hide in Turvey Park on the South of the inner estuary is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm from September to March.

The North hide is open year round. 

 

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 Sat 1st PLynch  Sat 6th TomK  Sat 3rd TomK  Sat 1st 
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 Sat 2nd AKelly

 Sat 2nd AKelly
 Sun 2nd JLovatt  Sun 7th TomK  Sun 4th TomK
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 Sat 8th EQuinn  Sat 13th PVeale
 Sat 10th PVeale
 Sat 8th PVeale  Sat 12th PVeale
 Sat 9th PVeale
 Sat 9th PVeale
 Sun 9th VToal  Sun 14th AProle
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 Sat 15th PVeale  Sat 20th LKane  Sat 17th   Sat 15th    Sat 19th 
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 Sun 16th AProle  Sun 21st BBlack
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Sun 17th No Service
 Sat 22nd CCrowley  Sat 27th CCrowley  Sat 24th CCrowley

 Sat 22rd CCrowley

 Sat 26th CCrowley
 Sat 23rd CCrowley
Sat 23th CCrowley
 Sun 23rd   Sun 28th JEnglish  Sun 25th 
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 Sat 29th EQuinn  
 
 Sat 29th       Sat 30th
 Sun 30th VToal      Sun 30th   
   Sun 31st PLynch
  • If you would like to volunteer for hide duty please contact Paul at bwifingal@gmail.com
    The responsibilities of the person on hide duty include:
    • Opening hours range between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. You can leave the hide during that interval but you should try and make yourself available to the public for much of this period. If you do leave during this interval, close a few of the hatches and make sure the hide is accessible.
    • Encourage all visitors to sign Visitors Book
    • Record any rarities or large numbers of species in Log Book
    • Keep an eye out for any unauthorised activities such as shooting/dumping etc.
    • Make sure all hatches/doors are closed and secured when you finish your duty.
     
    Due to the treat to its future many years ago Rogerstown estuary has become one of the Fingal branch's main focus for conservation. Thanks to the hard work of the branch an extension of the land fill further onto the inner estuary was stopped and in 1995 BWI purchased 30 acres of wetland habitat (including the flooded field) and entered management agreements with sympathetic land owners for a further 15 acres. In 1998 thanks to the co-operation of Fingal County Council a hide was erected on the south shore of the estuary on council land. It is a large cargo container fitted with a timber interior and raised 2 meters off the ground. Its been a phenomenal success with hundreds of birders from near and far visiting annually.  Again due to the commitment of the branch members the hide is now wardened every Saturday and Sunday from September through to March.
     
    Important:-
    Both the hide's are located very close to the main roosting sites for the birds of the estuary and visitors should attempt to get into position 1-2 hours before high tide (this is especially the case for the Northern Hide due to the exposed approach to the hide, roosting birds are easily disturbed). Visitors should also refrain from entering the flooded field to minimize disturbance to feeding and roosting birds. All other lands in the inner estuary area are privately owned and permission should always be sought from landowners before entering.

Rogerstown estuary is designated as a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area as it is an important waterfowl site, with Brent Goose having a population of international importance. A further 16 species have populations of national importance: Greylag Goose, Shelduck , Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank and Greenshank. The presence of a significant population of Golden Plover is of note and this species is listed on Annex I of the E.U. Birds Directive. The estuary is a regular staging post for autumn migrants, especially Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank. Little Tern has bred at the outer sand spit, but much of the nesting area has now been washed away as a result of erosion. The maximum number of pairs recorded was 17 in 1991. Ringed Plover breed in the same area. The outer part of the estuary has been designated a Statutory Nature Reserve and a Special Protection Area under the E.U. Birds Directive. The inner estuary has been damaged by the refuse tip which covers 40 ha of mudflat. This site is a good example of an estuarine system, with all typical habitats represented, including several listed on Annex I of the E.U. Habitats Directive. Rogerstown is an internationally important waterfowl site and has been a breeding site for Little Terns. The presence within the site of three rare plant species adds to its importance.
Disturbing birds while roosting and feeding should be avoided. They can easily be viewed from the hides so do not approach on foot or on the water by canoe, kayak or other means. It is advisable not to enter the inner estuary on the water at any time
 

 
Viewing: Rogerstown is ~18km from the city centre on the M1/N1.
The nearest bus service is the #33 from Eden Quay to the N1/Turvey Avenue junction. Donabate has a train service from Connolly Station via Howth Junction & Malahide. Donabate village is ~3.5km from the hide.
The outer estuary is quite accessible by public road at Raheen Point, Donabate and The Burrow, Portrane on the southern side and at Rogerstown and Baleally Lane on the northern side. The inner estuary can be accessed from two points. If approached from Balleally Road, cross the style at parking place (limited to 1 or 2 cars) and take the right-of-way down to the reserve. Visiting during spring tides is inadvisable as roosting birds may be disturbed and the visitor may be trapped on the reserve by the incoming tide. If approached from Turvey Avenue park at the Turvey Park car park and travel on foot to the main hide.