Join the Booterstown Spring Clean Up with An Taisce | Sunday 23rd April

As part of their annual Spring Clean Up An Taisce will be running a clean up of the marsh on Sunday 23rd April. The meet up point will be at Booterstown DART station car park at 2pm and you’re invited to help out!

Booterstown Nature Reserve lies right at the heart of Dublin Bay and this unique wetland is the last remaining salt marsh on the south shore of Dublin. It’s an extremely important feeding and roosting site for several different species of birds and as well as being home to 68 protected plant species.

Booterstown Spring Clean Sunday April Taisce

Booterstown Nature Reserve A unique home to many protected species. Credit @DanielSeaViews

The marshland was once much larger, running from Merrion Strand down as far as Blackrock. During the 19th century, the building of the Dublin to Kingstown railway and other building works meant much of the marsh land was filled in. Now however, what remains is an incredibly important around 4 hectares of habitat for protected birds and plant life.

Booterstown Spring Clean Sunday April Taisce

Little Egret on Booterstown Marsh Credit Colum Clarke.

An Taisce has managed the reserve since 1970’s protecting and conserving this precious habitat and also using it to educate the public.




Throughout the year a wide number of birds can be spotted including Moorhen, Teal, Mallard, Snipe, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Kingfisher, Little Egrets and Brent Geese.

Booterstown Spring Clean Sunday April Taisce

Flock of Brent Goose fly over the marsh. Credit Colum Clarke

The reserve is also an invaluable refuelling and resting spot for migrating birds including several long distance migratory species like Brent Goose. In 2006 two small low-lying islands were constructed and placed in the middle of the marsh to provide an area for the birds to rest and to roost.

Swanning around! #booterstown #swans

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It’s important that we safeguard this place for wildlife to thrive and as part of their annual Spring Clean Up An Taisce will be running a clean up of the marsh on Sunday 23rd April. The meet up point will be at Booterstown DART station car park at 2pm. All gear will be provided (gloves, litter picking and bags) so all you need to do is show up! Afterward there will be tea and cake so you can sit back and relax after all your hard work.

Join the Spring clean and be part of making life on the reserve safer and better for the wildlife. Visit the An Taisce Booterstown Facebook Event Page here.

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