Warbler Report Clips Council’s Wings

A BIRD in the hand may be worth two in the bush, but, for Templemore Town Council, our little feathered friends have left them beating about the bush.

A BIRD in the hand may be worth two in the bush, but, for Templemore Town Council, our little feathered friends have left them beating about the bush.

At this Monday’s town council meeting it was revealed that the council has had to stop cutting reeds in the town park lake because of reports that the tiny reed warbler has taken up residence among the stalks. No one could say who had made the reports, but it is suspected that it was tweeted!

Town manager Tom McGrath explained to the Tipperary Star after the meeting that cutting the reeds was work that they would like to get done, but that they can’t because of of the reports.

“We never really got started on cutting the reeds. The reeds stretch along the lakeshore and we would like to take out a certain amount of them. I understand that the habitat is not really needed until September. We are trying to get clarification on the matter,” he said.

However, a Birdwatch Ireland spokesperson said that there had been no reports of reed warblers in North Tipperary since the mid-1980s and the birds were more likely to be sedge warblers.

He said that now was the nesting season not September. and that reed cutting should be put off until the autumn. Reed warblers are found in County Waterford.