The sand dunes at Bertra beach, located between Westport and Louisburgh, have reduced by over 60% in the last decade.

The figure was revealed at a recent workshop in Murrisk, one in a series taking place to protect the dunes into the future.

The beach at Bertra is under severe pressure from climate change and over-use for recreation.

The Bertra Connected group is working to protect the future of the beach and the dunes. Members include the local community, Mayo County Council, National Parks and Wildlife Service, NUI Galway, Clean Coasts and Leave No Trace.

A survey has now been launched.

The link to complete the survey online can be found on the Bertra Connected Facebook page. It also features a short video which explains the issues being experienced at the beach and what can be done to reverse its decline.

A second workshop will take place in two weeks time on Thursday ( August 18) entitled Visualising Futures, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Tavern Bar and Restaurant, Murrisk.

All are welcome

Local councillor Peter Fynn, attended the July workshop and he says the most startling revelation was hearing that the dunes had reduced by 62% since 2010.

He has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley…




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