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Wild Atlantic Way - Wildlife and Stunning Scenery

In July I spent 8 days surveying sites along the Wild Atlantic Way in Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway. Here are some images of interesting finds made along the way. 

Twelve Bens in Connemara as seen from Derrygimlagh. 

SAM 6221


Platanthera chlorantha. Derrygimlagh, Co. Galway. 

SAM 6197


Killary Harbour, Co. Galway.

SAM 6241


Ranunculus flammula, Killary Harbour, Co. Galway.

SAM 6303


Malin Head, Co. Donegal.

SAM 6427


Campanula rotundifolia, Malin Head, Co. Donegal. 

SAM 6496


Dwarf Angelica sylvestris (wind pruned) on Malin Head, Co. Donegal

SAM 6462


Fanad Head, Co. Donegal

SAM 6549


Sliabh Liag cliffs on a gale force winds day, Co. Donegal

SAM 6613


Staphlinius dimidiaticornis - Rove Beetle, Sliabh Liag, Co. Donegal

SAM 6690


Listera cordata (Lesser Twayblade), Sliabh Liag, Co. Donegal, a common species under many heather bushes. 

SAM 6751


Dichodontium palustre (previously Dicranella palustris) flush. Sliabh Liag, Co. Donegal.

SAM 6765


Keem Strand, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

SAM 6897


Asplenium marinum, Keem Strand, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

SAM 6939


Seabird colony on the cliffs at Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo (Kittiwakes and Guillemots)

SAM 6831


New wetlands located in County Limerick


Limerick WMI Map 2015


As part of the joint project to map Ireland's wetlands, with Wetland Surveys Ireland, a preliminary mapping survey of all wetlands (both known and potential wetland sites) in County Limerick has just been completed. 

A significant number of additional wetlands have been recorded in the county bringing the total of wetland sites recorded in the county to 258. 

The wetland sites mapped in Limerick are those which have been reported in wide range of published sources, and previously unknown sites located through an aerial photographic analysis combined with sub soils data. 

Prior to this research project 52 wetland sites were recognised within the county. This mapping project has located an additional 206 wetland sites throughout the county, bringing the total number to sites recorded to 258. Wetlands included on the map are areas of raised, upland and lowland blanket bog, fen, swamp, wet woodland, salt marsh, lakes, rivers and coastal saltmarsh.

The majority of the “new” sites identified have limited associated information on the wetland habitats that are likely to occur on the sites. County wetland surveys are required to address this information deficit.

The Wetland Map of Ireland now displays a total of 8,495 wetland sites for Ireland.

© Peter Foss 2012