2013 EU Habitats Directive Conservation Assessment Reports - Ireland

A major new report on the status of Ireland's habitats and species (the EU Article 17 report) in 2013 has just been published by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. 

The reports indicates that for a number of wetland habitats including Wet heath, Hydrophilous tall herb, Raised bog (active)*, Degraded raised bogs, Blanket bog (active)*, Transition mires, Cladium fen* and Alkaline fens, the overall conservation assessment in 2013 was found the be Bad. 

In many cases the loss that has occurred in some of these habitats, since the last assessment round in 2007, in particular for fens, cannot be quantified as we still lack accurate data on the national extent and distribution of these important wetland habitats. Considering that the same findings were made in the previous EU conservation Assessment report in 2007, the continuing lack of NPWS data of fens in this report is disappointing. Perhaps it is time the NPWS prioritised the survey of Transition mires, Cladium fen* and Alkaline fens, a research goal promised by the Minister in 2008. 

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The Article 17 reports for Ireland can be accessed on the NPWS website located here.

© Peter Foss 2012