A planning application which – if approved – will see a 500 -metre boardwalk introduced at Montaighs Moss Nature Reserve in Aghagallon.
The application, which has been recently submitted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for Council to consider, has been welcomed by two Alliance representatives in the area.
The application, which is situated off the Montaighs Road near the village of Aghagallon, will also include a new car park for 10 vehicles.
Commenting on the application, Alliance Councillor Peter Lavery said: “This application will be good news for the local community and increase awareness of the conservation efforts that go on in Montaighs Moss.
“Many local residents of the Aghagallon area walk the rural roads around the nature reserve, with numbers increasing during lockdown, therefore the addition of a boardwalk will give an opportunity for the local community to get an up close look at many of the wildlife species that inhabit the site.
“Having spoken to RSPB they are hoping to complete the infrastructure works fairly quickly if planning permission is granted so hopefully the project will be in place by the end of 2021.”
Party colleague, Councillor Eóin Tennyson, added: “As a society we need to do more to protect and conserve natural habitats. The number of species has decreased over the years so it is vital that we all work together to help them recover.
“Projects such as this help to educate younger generations about the importance of conservation and breadth and variety of wildlife that exists on their doorstep.”