Thursday, 12 July 1973
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Lemass: asked the Minister for Lands if he will list all the species of birds and fish to be found in the area under the jurisdiction of the Irish Government; the number of each present now as compared with the number three years before the latest available estimate; if such estimates apply to Irish areas of control for mammals, reptiles or amphibians; and if there has been a reduction in species or numbers in surviving species; if so, if he will give reasons for this reduction.
A comparison between the present position regarding numbers of species generally in Ireland as a whole and the situation three years ago is not feasible but the following estimates in relation to particular species may be of interest:—
|Greenland Whitefronted Geese||9,000||8,000|
|Peregrine Falcon (breeding pairs)||16||23|
 It would appear that some wildfowl species, for example, snipe, are declining, due mainly to drainage of habitat and changes in agricultural practice in marginal land. The peregrine falcon had also shown a decline for some years past, due apparently to the ingestion of persistent organochlorine pesticides but surveys sponsored by my Department indicate that this species has recovered somewhat in recent times.
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