Revised wetland map for County Sligo published

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As part of the joint project to map Ireland's wetlands, with Wetland Surveys Ireland, a revised map of wetlands in County Sligo has just been completed. 

The wetland sites previously mapped in Sligo were those which have been reported in wide range of published sources and those sites surveyed as part of the Sligo County Wetland Surveys undertaken from 2008 to 2011.

The most recent wetland site additions are “new" sites located in Sligo through an aerial photographic analysis combined with sub soils data. Prior to this research project 256 wetland sites had been identified within the county. This mapping project has located an additional 237 potential wetland sites throughout the county, bringing the total number to sites identified to 493. 

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

The Map of Irish Wetlands now displays a total of 10,393 wetland sites for Ireland. 

© Peter Foss 2012