Umwelt

Fanad Head ist eine unter verschiedenen Gesetzen geschuetzte Landschaft, wo man eine grosse Vielfalt an PfLanzen und Tieren findet.

Wenn man Glueck hat, kann man Meereessaeuger beobachten, Finnwale, MInke Wale, Orkas, Delphine und Tuemmler.

Es gibt unzaehlige Seevoegel und Raubvoegel, dazu auch einige fast ausgestorbene Arten wie den Wachtelkoenig mit seinem unvergesslichen Ruf. Manche Voegel kann man vom Leuchtturm und von der angrenzenden Kueste aus beobachten, Eissturmvogel, Basstoelpel, Kormoran, Kraehenscharbe, Alk, Tordalk, Trottellumme, Dreizehenmoewe, Sturmtaucher, Moewe, Austernfischer, Strandlaeufer, Alpenstrandlaeufer, Sanderling, Goldregenpfeifer, grosser Brachvogel, Sterntaucher, Eistaucher, Eiderente, Eisente, Graugans, Wanderfalke, Turmfalke, Bussard, Merlin.

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Seehunde an der Kueste, Otter und den irischen Hasen findet man hier.

Die Straende sind die reinste Fundgrube. Viele Fanadesen sammeln noch immer Seetang und Algen zum Essen, Dulse, Carrageen und andere, sie sammeln auch Wellhornschnecken. In den Tuempeln am Strand und in den Felsen kann man Seeigel finden, Seesterne, Seeanemonen, Seescheiden, Miesmuscheln, Seepocken und Mermaid’s Purses (Haifischeier).

Featured Species

Gannet

Gannet are a large, striking seabird – white with black-tipped wings and a distinctive golden head. Juveniles are mostly brown with white speckling. They are spectacular fishers and are notorious for their high-speed, vertical dive-bombing into the sea from a great height – a sight to behold. Gannets spend most of their lives at sea and can travel large distances to feed – a 200km return trip to feed their young would not phase them! It takes around 4 years for a gannet to reach maturity, and amazingly, they can live for up to 35 years.

Gannets are a species particularly at risk from plastic in our oceans – attracted by a shiny surface they can dive-bomb right into plastic instead of a shoal of fish. They can become entangled in it or ingest it. Studies have found that a large number of gannet nests in the North Atlantic have plastic woven in, mistaken for seaweed. This is one reason why we at Fanad Lighthouse have no single-use plastics in our business. No straws, no plastic bags, no plastic bottles!

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Covid-19 Update

Fanad Lighthouse will remain closed for tours until further notice. Accommodation is due to reopen on July 20th as per Phase 4 of current government guidelines.

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