County Survey of Wetlands in Louth Completed

The 2014 Louth Wetland Survey III involved a field survey of the outstanding freshwater wetlands in County Louth, with the aim of identifying the specific wetlands and ecological interest of each site.  

The survey completed the 3 year project, funded by Louth County Council and Heritage Council, undertaken in 2011, 2012 and 2014 to map and characterise all wetlands in the county. This makes Louth the second only Irish county with a complete wetland inventory which describes the 308 wetland sites in the county. The wetland map of County Kildare was completed earlier in 2014. 

The sites surveyed in Louth in 2014 had previously been identified as being of potential interest during the County Louth Wetland Survey project prepared in 2012. 

The sites selected for survey were believed to contain notable wetland habitats including transition mire, cutaway bog, fen, marsh and heathland.  

The Louth Wetland Survey III report presents the results of the 2014 field survey and includes detailed site descriptions and habitat maps for the wetlands surveyed.

The 2014 survey information has also been used to update site descriptions, habitat information and photographs on the Wetland Map of Ireland. 

The Wetland Map of Ireland now displays a total of 6,150 sites across the country.

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Map showing the distribution of wetland sites of international (red), national (amber), and county importance (green) wetland sites in County Louth.    

© Peter Foss 2012