Our Seagrass Bed at Merrion Sandymount Strand

Sea Grass 4 SAMRA
SEA GRASS – here is an overview provided by a local resident who attended a local site lecture on the Sandymount Strand :
Our sea-grass bed at Merrion/Sandymount Strand.
Any September or October watch out for the stretch of sea beside the houses near Merrion
Gates. Here you will see Brent geese upturned in the water. Why are they upturning?
They’re feeding on the most important and the last surviving bed of sea-grass on the East Coast
of Ireland. It measures about 1.35 hectares/3.3 acres. It’s the jewel in the crown of South
Dublin Bay.
The sea-grass has unique nutrients which the Brent need if they are to successfully breed the
following spring in the High Canadian Arctic. 250 + Brent can feed every day on the sea-
grass in September/October. It’s then exhausted but it will have done its work for the next
generation of Brent.
Everyone knows that South Dublin Bay is a Special Protected Area and is a Special Area of
Conservation under EU legislation. It’s illegal to disturb this habitat or the water birds that
make it special.
So, let us enjoy this jewel of South Dublin Bay washed up so close to our shore. Let us
protect it while it lasts & above all, let us tread softly.
 
Ray McGovern
Strand Road
Sandymount.
SAMRA IS NOW TAKING ACTION TO UNDERSTAND THIS FURTHER AND IS PLANNING TO OFFER SUPPORT TO ASSIST PRESERVATION OF THIS VITAL AND RARE MARINE SPECIES 

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