In 2010 BirdWatch Ireland engaged Claire Moore to carry out a baseline study of the intertidal shore at Cuskinny Bay at the southern end of the reserve. A summary of the results of that study are presented here.
Cuskinny Nature Reserve is set on the lower reaches of the Ballyleary Stream and consists of twelve hectors of mixed habitat. Given its proximity to the coastline, there are a number of marine influences on the Nature Reserve, including salt-water incursions and influxes of marine species. Therefore, a deeper understanding of the health and functioning of Cuskinny Bay would lead to a more complete view of the Nature Reserve as an ecosystem.
The main objectives of this survey were to determine the habitat types within the intertidal zone of Cuskinny Bay, their community compositions, health, and relative importance both locally and nationally. This survey was also used to establish a baseline dataset for continued long-term monitoring within Cuskinny Bay.