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Poulnasherry Bay is stony and unusually rich in wildlife. Poulnasherry Bay has designated shellfish waters under the European Communities (Quality of Shellfish Waters) Regulations.

Poulnasherry affords a great view over the slob-lands, which attract large flocks of overwintering wild fowl and waders in particular Brent Geese, Wigeon, and Greenshank. Shelduck are common all year and breed in the summer.

Aquaculture and fishing is popular at either side of the bay. Ideal fishing is bottom fishing where you can catch bass and flounder using crab and lugworm as bait.

The estuary was historically an important food producing area and is recorded as ‘Oyster Hole’ on the Pelham Grand Jury map of 1787 or Poll Na N`íosraí (Oyster hollow) in Gaelic, later anglicised to Poulnasherry.

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