Save Our Bride Otters

Save Our Bride Otters (SOBO) is a newly formed community group in the Blackpool area of Cork City. The OPW have been granted permission to do extensive work on the River Bride in the area of Blackpool village, including putting the last remaining open part of the river in Blackpool underground into a culvert. We are seeking to take a Judicial Review in the High Court to overturn this recent decision of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to allow the Office of Public Works (OPW) to do work on the River Bride. We will need to raise about €20,000 before the middle of June in order to  complete the initial phase of the Judicial Review. This area is currently a bustling haven for wildlife, including otters, which are a protected species. SOBO contend that these works are unnecessarily expensive, and a better solution to prevent flooding in the Blackpool area could be achieved at a fraction of the cost by slowing down the flow in the river using nature-based temporary storage upstream. This would involve not destroying the current wildlife oasis in the River Bride, which is home to not just otters, but also trout, bats, mallard, dippers and heron,  among many other species, and would also create better habitats for wildlife upstream. Please help us to prevent this urban oasis from being buried under concrete.
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