A Call to Action on Biodiversity Loss

21st June, 2022

Joe O’Brien TD has today called for local residents to make their voices heard on how biodiversity is managed and promoted in Fingal by sending their proposals and concerns to the Draft Fingal Biodiversity Action Plan. The public consultation for the plan is open until the 5th of July.

Minister O’Brien said:

Biodiversity, globally, nationally and indeed in Fingal is under increasing pressure and threat. We are actively losing biodiversity in Fingal today. This draft plan by Fingal County Council is to be commended as it has some very interesting proposals to enrich and protect biodiversity, but it is also very honest and stark in terms of the challenge that we face.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has seen very significant increases in its budget in recent years via my Green Party colleague Minister Noonan, those increases need to continue if it is to be ultimately resourced properly. But we also need to increase funding at a local level and show example nationally in terms of what can and should be done to save and protect biodiversity.

I also feel there is huge potential to engage communities more in the protection of biodiversity in Fingal. We have our especially prized areas like Rockabill and the estuaries and the rivers but there isn’t an estate, street or indeed home in the county that can’t play its part in what we need to do.  I think the appetite is there for some serious action. I attended a presentation on the draft plan in Skerries recently that was facilitated by the Fingal branch of Birdwatch Ireland and I was struck by the number that showed up on the night

This consultation process  is an important opportunity for people to have an input and give comments and feedback on how biodiversity is cared for in our county. Fingal is a county rich in nature. We have a diverse range of habitats from coastal areas to inland waterways, woodlands, and bog. We need to collectively urge the Council to put the right resources and supports behind protecting this natural heritage.

Submissions to the plan can be made via Fingal County Council’s Consultation Portal