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Caterpillar disgorging waste at Booterstown sanctuary
Thursday, July 20, 2006, 12:18 PM
Wonder of wonders, as I past the Nature reserve at Booterstown today on returning from my swim at Dun Laoghaire beach, what did I see, not one, not two but six big dumper trucks lined up on the new causway in the reserve waiting , presumably, to be serviced by the poor overworked caterpillar earth mover and to take away part or all of the council prick of a prometry.
There must be some real going-ons about this embarrassing situation whereby the Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown council sought to pull the wool over the eyes of the Minister of the Enviroment in that they tried to justify their action of dumping thousands of tonnes of road wastage in a bird sanctuary by claiming to be making a 'bird island'. Did anyone ever hear anything so stupid - solid ground for birds whose habitat is water and marshland and who need to be protected from human interference!

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Booterstown sanctuary caterpillar burrowing away
Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 03:00 PM
For the past three days the caterpillar has being moving earth and rubble around on the heap in the sea-inlet to what purpose is not clear. First the caterpillar grabbed some of the obvious concrete road-waste and fed it to a pacman like dumpster which carried it away. Now the caterpillar seems to be devouring a channel cutting through the dirt causway and isolating the knob of the prick which, apparently is to become a landing platform for sea-birds. I would have thought that what these birds need most is wetland where they can rest in peace and build their nests.
This monstrous artificial 'island' is going to become a resting place for birds alright; but it will be those of the durex copulating kind and their noisy beer swirling and can throwing mates. The natural birds would not be seen anywhere near the resting place of such louts.

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caterpillar comes out of its cocoon at Booterstown nature reserve
Monday, July 17, 2006, 02:05 PM
Today the caterpillar earth - eater was again busy at the nature reserve; this time it was busy regoritating the concrete part of the debris it had laid down the middle of the reserve in the sea- inlet. Apparently the powers that be have decided on a token gesture to conservationists by removing the obvious concrete pieces from the dump but have no intention of removing the huge causway they have had the caterpillar lay down in the first place.
I had the head of the Green Party call to my door canvassing today and asking me if I had any worries. Of course, he 'knew nothing' concerning this 'degreenification' of the Booterstown bird sanctuary or anything about Dun Laoghaire beach either not to talk of how Balscadden bay, Howth, has been made so inaccessible by appartments built across the approach path. Politicians should be really called pretenders because they pretend they care about our welfare but only care about their own pay and pensions.

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Caterpillar cocooned for week in Booterstown reserve
Friday, July 14, 2006, 02:07 PM
The poor old caterpillar remained cocooned at the entrance to Booterstown nature reserve today a full week after it went into hibernation although it is the middle of summer in our lovely Irish land and time for the caterpillar to transfom itself into a beautiful land devouring big big butterfly.
Perhaps, it has lost the will to continue with its natural reserve transformation or just run out of rubble to satify its avericious lagoon filling belly.

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Caterpillar in cocoon in Booterstown reserve
Thursday, July 13, 2006, 10:34 AM
For almost a week now a fine large earth-eating caterpillar has been immobilized at this nature reserve with no sign of it emerging as a large devouring butterfly threatening all the smaller butterflies flying around amidst the swamp plants.
Today poor caterpillar seemed even more forelorne than usual behind a large fence and the brain-driver was even missing.
I got a non- commital reply from the Minister to my complaint about his allowing this reserve to be used as a dump by his buddies in Dunlaoghaire Rathdown council with which I was pleasantly surprised ; you might even say the minister blinked!
Never has Dun Laoghaire beach been so busy as today with dozens of young spaniards swimming there and enjoying it a lot. The irish, of course, are too grand to swim here- they are not happy if they don't have to drive their cars to some 'fashionable' place.
The water was lovely even for those young spanish people and they were happy to have the facility there. The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown council proposed to bury all this area under a green field with appartments only last year.

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