Conservation is an important part of our work
As members of Rathcormac Game and Wildlife Club, we have a great love for the land and an appreciation of the diversity of animals and plant life in our area.
As a gun club, we obviously have an impact on that environment, but we work hard to minimise that impact, and we’re very proud of the work we do to make a positive contribution too.
* We monitor numbers and species levels to help maintain healthy wildlife populations
* We increase the number of habitats available to wildlife
* We are re-introducing the grey partridge to Rathcormac’s landscape
* We work with the Cork Federation & NARGC on restocking and conservation projects
* We support members in developing their own conservation and restocking projects
In 2018, we will open our Corrin Nature Reserve to the public as a local amenity but also as a place where people can learn about our native species, and the work of the Rathcormac Game and Wildlife Club.
The members of the Rathcormac Game and Wildlife Club, are part of a gun club that has a strong sense of responsibility towards the community and to their environment.
The making of a duck nesting basket. Stainless steel frame sponsored by Mitchelstown and District Gun Club. Hay rolled into a swiss roll between chicken wire and attached to the frame which is positioned in middle of our pond where rats, mink and foxes can’t access it.
Success. A mallard hatched out 10 ducklings from this nesting basket on 17 June 2016.
10 March 2017 and there is already another Mallard hatching inside the nest basket.
04 April 2017. Looks like the ducklings are hatched this evening. Probably early in the morning they will follow their mother and make their first and only decent from their next basket into the water below them.
A second basket is now in place on the pond.
Two clutches of Water Hens were hatched on the island in the pond this season.
At least one water rail has taken residence on the pond but hopefully there are two and maybe they are already nesting here.
Our Grey Partrdge re-introduction project is slowly taking shape but we have a long way to go yet. Cork and hen. (Left). One clutch of 12 chicks just hatched by a foster bantam hen (centre). The newly hatched chicks foraging for insects already. (Right).