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Appeals for breeding curlew survey records

Curlew Image

A breeding Curlew survey will take place this spring and summer. The organisers (National Parks & Wildlife Service and BirdWatch Ireland) are appealing for records of this iconic bird, which has suffered serious declines in recent decades. Knowing where the Curlew are is central to targeting agri-environment measures that can be applied in the future. Without these measures, it is likely that the Curlew's habitat will continue to be lost and the evocative call of this breeding wader will continue to disappear from the Irish summer. If you have records or sightings from previous years or in 2014, or would like to take part in the survey, be sure to contact Barry.O'Donoghue@ahg.gov.ie (mind the apostrophe!).

Photo: Andreas Trepte, www.photo-natur.de


New Tipperary Wetland Map Research Project Initiated

County Tipperary map of wetlands after inclusion of new wetland sites in 2014


A revised map of the wetlands in County Tipperary has been compiled based on an aerial photographic analysis and sub soils data. 

This project undertaken by Wetland Surveys Ireland has located 581 potential wetland sites in the county. Prior to this reserach project only 74 wetland sites were recognised within the county. 

The majority of the sites have little associated information on the wetland habitats that are likely to occur on the areas identified. A full county wetland survey is required to address this information deficit.

The Wetland Map of Ireland now displays a total of 5,200  sites nationally.

© Peter Foss 2012