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.
|Sat 3rd PLynch||Sat 1st PVeale||Sat 5th PVeale||Sat 3rd PVeale||
Sat 4th JDuff
|Sat 4th PVeale|
|Sun 4th DOMahony||Sun 2nd BCarruthers||Sun 6th GFranck||Sun 4th PVeale||Sun 1st No Service|| Sun 5th PLynch
||Sun 5th PVeale|
|Sat 10th PKeely|| Sat 8th PLynch
||Sat 12th EQuinn||Sat 10th BColvin||Sat 7th BColvin||Sat 11th BColvin|| Sat 11th LFeeney
|Sun 11th BCarruthers|| Sun 9th BBlack
|| Sun 13th AProle
||Sun 11th BBlack||Sun 8th JFields|| Sun 12th VToal
||Sun 12th NGriffin|
|Sat 17th CCrowley||Sat 15th CCrowley||Sat 19th CCrowley||Sat 17th CCrowley||Sat 14th BColvin||Sat 18th CCrowley|| Sat 18th CCrowley
|Sun 18th AProle||Sun 16th JMalone/ROS||Sun 20th PVeale||Sun 18th JEnglish||Sun 15th BBlack||Sun 19th BBlack||Sun 19th FPrendergast|
|Sat 24th TomKavanagh||Sat 22nd TomKavanagh||Sat 26th EQuinn||
Sat 24th No Service
|Sat 21st CCrowley
|| Sat 25th BCarruthers
||Sat 25th LFeeney|
|Sun 25th TomKavanagh||Sun 23thTomKavanagh||Sun 27th VToal|| Sun 25th No Service
|| Sun 22nd BLowth
||Sun 26th GFranck
|| Sun 26th PLynch
|Sat 29th VToal||
||Sat 31st KHarrington||Sat 28th PPykett|
|Sun 30th BCarruthers|| Sun 29th VToal
If you would like to volunteer for hide duty please contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.orgThe responsibilities of the person on hide duty include:
Due to the treat to is 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 Ocotber 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.
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.
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