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Delight as Coillte withdraw plans to put road through squirrel habitat

first_imgA Donegal community is celebrating after Coillte agreed to back out of a plan to put a road through a forest which is home to a colony of red squirrels.Locals living close to Lis na Gra woods in Muff on the Inishowen Peninsula had feared the plans would drive away the animals.The group were supported in their campaign by RTE’s ‘Living With Wildlife’ presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson. The state forestry agency had plans to put a road through theforest to access a crop of Sitka Spruce trees which they planned toharvest.But today campaigners were left delighted when Coillte revealed they will be using a different entry to the woods.A current planning application will be withdrawn and plans for a new access road away from the squirrels’ habitat will be submitted.The 100-acre forest is home to a family of dozens of the red squirrelsand has become a visiting point for thousands of families hoping tocatch a glimpse of the animals. Emmy Award-winning film-maker Stafford was one of more than 2,500people who have signed a petition to save the squirrels.Local businessman and environmentalist, Bren Whelan, says the campaign has been a huge success.“I’m delighted that there has been a positive outcome to our discussions with Coillte representatives at Lis Na Gra last week”.“A withdrawal of their planning application to build a forest road is the best possible outcome for the woodlands and its wildlife”“The amount of support from both the public and media, for the woodland at Lis Na Gra, is reflective of Lis na Gra’s unique status in not only Donegal, but also on the island of Ireland as a sanctuary for the native red squirrels, plus many other wildlife species “ “This has been a collective community effort, which caught the attention of people and the media all across Ireland and the UK.“Going forward I am encouraged that Coillte’s plans for the future of Lis na Gra look positive for the woodlands and wildlife within”“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank John Murray and Colin Stafford-Johnston of the award winning wildlife documentary Wild Ireland, who assisted greatly in supporting this campaign.”Delight as Coillte withdraw plans to put road through squirrel habitat was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Colin Stafford-Johnsondonegalsquirrelslast_img read more