Wicklow Wetland Survey 2012 Discoveries

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In the last week surveys of almost fifity wetland have been completed in west Wicklow by the Wetland Surveys Ireland team. A range of wetland types, from alkaline fen, transition mire, wet heathland sites and various ponds have revealed that the wetland resource in the county is under considerable pressure with some sites completely lost to drainage and land improvement works. 

On the positive side, some excellent wetland sites, previously undocumented have been found.  The sites include 3 new Marsh Fritillary sites in the county, a new location for the mirco moth Enteucha acetosae which produces spiral leaf burrows in Rumex acetosa leaves, and only the third transition mire with Carex diandra at Killalish Upper and a new site for Carex aquatilis


© Peter Foss 2012