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Louth Wetland Survey 2012 Reveals Exciting Wetlands

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The aim of the Louth Wetland Survey II was to identify all remaining wetlands within the county, outside of those identified during the initial Louth Wetland Identification Survey 2011.

The 2012 project involved three main elements:

·       a desktop literature review to identify all known wetlands in county Louth and gather background data on those sites identified;

·       a desktop analysis of aerial photography and other GIS datasets to identify and map potential wetlands which had not been previously reported;

·       a field survey of 90 potential freshwater wetlands identified during the desktop studies aimed at determining the ecological characteristics and conservation value of these sites.

This report presents a summary of the results of the 2012 study and includes detailed site descriptions and habitat maps for the 90 wetlands surveyed. The information gathered during both the desktop study and field survey are recorded in a revised Louth Wetland Survey Database and associated Lough Wetland Map GIS.

The reports can be downloaded from the Projects page (see link above).


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County Kildare Wetland Survey 2012 reports available

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The project created a digital GIS wetlands map and database of known and potential freshwater wetland sites in county Kildare. The wetland habitats recorded include lakes, ponds, watercourses, springs, swamps, wet grassland, marsh, bogs, fens, bog woodland, riparian woodland and wet woodland. In all, 32 wetland habitat types were researched and mapped.

The 2012 project involved three main elements:

- a desktop literature review to identify all known wetlands in county Kildare and gather background data on those sites identified;

- a desktop analysis of aerial photography and other GIS datasets to identify and map potential wetlands which had not been previously reported;

- a field survey of 27 potential freshwater wetlands identified during the desktop studies aimed at determining the ecological characteristics and conservation value of these sites.

The resulting data-set from the project should provide a useful tool for future heritage conservation planning in the county, will assist in the development of sustainable planning programmes, and will allow for the design of future targeted wetland surveys and research programmes in County Kildare.

The reports can be downloaded from the Projects page (see link above).

2012 County Monaghan Wetland Survey II reports available

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The project involved a field survey of sixty six freshwater wetlands in County Monaghan, with the aim of identifying the specific wetlands and ecological interest of each site. These sites had previously been identified as being of potential interest during the County Monaghan Wetland Map project prepared in 2010 or were proposed in 2012 by Monaghan County Council. The sites selected for survey were suspected to contain notable wetland habitats including turlough, raised bog, petrifying spring and fen habitats. This report presents the results of the 2012 field survey and includes detailed site descriptions and habitat maps for the wetlands surveyed.

The reports can be downloaded from the Projects page (see link above).

© Peter Foss 2012