An expert in biodiversity says the State’s investment in an endangered species will bring a financial boost to parts of Kerry.
The State is spending €250,000 to help increase the natterjack toad population. The natterjack is Ireland’s only native toad and is confined to Castlemaine Harbour and Castlegregory as well as to one site in County Wexford.
As part of the funding, the State will give €48,000 per annum to farmers and landowners who manage new breeding sites for the toad in this county. Professor Mark Emmerson of Queen’s University, Belfast says Ireland would face fines from Europe if it failed to introduce measures to protect the natterjack.