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Inch Lake woodland trail opens 17.06.08

A €40,000 woodland education and recreation area was officially opened yesterday at Inch Lake wildlife reserve near Burt in Co Donegal.
The launch was the latest phase in an ongoing partnership project between Donegal County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service at Inch Levels on the Grianan Estate owned by Donegal Creameries Plc.
The total investment at the site so far is in the region of €650,000 and includes bird hides, the construction of 8km of walkways on disused railway lines around the perimeter of Inch Lake and the upgrading of three car parks to improve access the site.
An additional woodland trail, educational and tourism interpretative panels and picnic benches were unveiled yesterday in the latest phase of the development.
Andrew Speer of the National Parks and Wildlife Service said the organisation was delighted to be involved with the management of the unique site.
"The conservation of Inch
Pupils from St. Aengus N.S., Bridgend help launch the new Inch Levels woodland trail.
Levels as a prime location for birdlife and wildlife is a key priority for National Parks and Wildlife Service. This would not be possible if it were not for the support of Donegal Creameries and the local community," he said. The woodland education and tourism project was funded by both organisations and received 75% grant aid from Failte Ireland under the National Development Plan for Ireland.
As part of the launch, second class at St. Aengus National School, Bridgend, took part in one of the many curriculum-based education programmes available to primary and secondary schools.
Cllr. Francis Conaghan undertook the official launch yesterday.
"I'm delighted to formally open this fantastic education and tourism resource. Inch Levels is already very popular with the local community, with its rich flora and fauna and excellent array of walks.
”Donegal County Council has been working in partnership with the local community, Donegal Creameries and National Parks and Wildlife Service for over five years to develop the site as an education and recreation area. It is hoped that it will become a tremendous asset for schools and education providers at all levels on both sides of the border.”
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