Leabeg Wetland offers a rare chance to observe and photograph the large flocks of Whooper Swans arriving from Iceland to congregate there each winter.
The site was developed by blocking underground drainage pipes and has since partially flooded each winter. This flooding provides excellent feeding grounds for swans over-wintering in Ireland and Leabeg is now a site of National Importance for Whoopers, attracting up to 150 birds during the cooler months. Leabeg Wetland is located north-west of Boora Lake, which is situated to the right (west) of the Cycle Path road that links the Boora road (R357), to the N52 Kilcormac road.
The site can be accessed by following the beginning of the Mesolithic Route. Start in the car park opposite the thatched bird hide and turn right after the railway embankment. A walkway runs alongside the canal, known as the canoe course, from which a number of birds may be seen.
Visit Leabeg Wetland.
Please remember to respect the nature and conservation interests of Lough Boora Discovery Park.
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