Story Maps

In co-operation with Wetland Surveys Ireland we have developed a number of interactive story maps to use via the browser on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Our story maps will help you learn more about wetlands and where to visit them. Links to the story maps are provided below.

The Raised Bogs of Ireland

The story map brings you on an informative tour of 53 raised bog Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and the 75 raised bog Natural Heritage Areas (NHA) where you can learn more about these fascinating peatland habitats. The story map includes and introduction to the SAC and NHA raised bog network, map location information for these raised bogs; the designated site boundary; a brief summary of the habitat and species of interest on the site; restoration work which has been undertaken on the sites under EU LIFE projects; and NPWS site code. The raised bogs which are open to the public and include information signs and a boardwalk are also highlighted. 

Included on the new raised bog story map are peatlands such as Clara Bog, Girley Bog, Scohaboy Bog, Carn Park Bog, Cloonshanville Bog, all of which have visitor access, together with the other sites being conserved throughout the country.

So if you would like to learn more about Ireland’s raised bogs, all you have to do to access the story map is go to the link shown below:


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Wetlands to visit around Ireland

Would you like to learn more about Irish wetlands? The selection of wetlands shown here include coastal wetlands, fens and swamps, ponds and bogs. These sites have a variety of visitor facilities including parking, paths, boardwalks, exhibitions and information signs, that will help you enjoy a visit to these magical places, and learn more about wetlands and their value to wildlife. The map is based on a selection of sites shown on the Map of Irish Wetlands.

Link to story map: http://arcg.is/2kWtYY8

Ireland’s Fabulous Fens

Fens are magical places and an essential and unique part of the Irish landscape. They help regulate and clean our water supply, support a rich variety of wild plants and animals, have a significant economic value, and can even tell us about our past history.

The story map brings you on an informative tour focusing on the various fen types that occur in Ireland, their ecology and the importance of their water supply, the environmental services they provide us with, the plants and animals that live in fens, and how well we have done in protecting and conserving these habitats at a national level. 

A link to this freely available story map on fens is: http://bit.ly/IrishFens

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Bohernabreena Reservoir and Glenasmole Valley Tour

One of my favourite places to visit in the Dublin area is the Glenasmole valley, and more particularly the Bohernabreena Reservoir in south county Dublin, just 5 km from Tallaght village. The reservoirs and public amenity areas in the valley are managed by South Dublin County Council. I have been visiting the place since the 1970’s and decided it was time to let some others in on some of the secrets of this hidden gem at the foothills of the Dublin mountains. So to celebrate this special area of conservation I have created a short interactive online story map about the glen and its history, the habitats and wildlife that occur there, and other information that people might find interesting. 

A link to this freely available story map is: http://arcg.is/2oxurSK. I hope you enjoy the tour. 


Discover Green Spaces and Wildlife in Berlin

Over 2500 open green areas occur in Berlin - in all shapes and sizes - some manicured, some managed with nature in mind, and others allowed to run wild, many since the war. From small to large parks, dozens of lakes, graveyards, 161 square kilometers of forest areas, extensive water ways, nature reserves and abandoned railway lines. These open areas are cherished as a green lung by Berlin's inhabitants - both human and the wildlife kind.

This story map provides a tour of some open and green spaces in and around Berlin, Germany. The story map provides background information on 35 open spaces, parks and nature reserves in and around Berlin and the habitats and wildlife to be found there. The story map is designed to allow people to locate the parks and visit them to appreciate the park and its wildlife. Links are provided to selected sources of further information and groups in Berlin who organise excursion and events at some of these wildlife areas and nature reserves or protected parks.

Link to story map: http://arcg.is/2nJKysk

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Take the Reenagross Woodland Park Tour

The new story map brings you on an informative tour of the park where you can learn more about the fascinating estuarine and woodland habitats and wildlife that you can see there. The park is a wooded peninsula set within the beautiful landscape of Kenmare Bay, Co. Kerry. The Reenagross Woodland Park has over 3km of walking trails, along with a diverse range of habitats that are home to a wide variety of plants and animals and places of interest. The park is actively managed by Kenmare Tidy Towns as a place where people can enjoy nature, take a walk, and learn about the rich wildlife of the area. You will learn more about these topics during this tour. Kenmare Tidy Towns wish to thanks The Heritage Council for funding to develop this story map.

 So if you would like to learn more about Reenagross Woodland Park, all you have to do to access the story map. Go to the link shown below:


Discover Ramsar Wetlands in the Republic of Ireland

The story map brings you on an informative tour of 45 designated Ramsar sites in the Republic of Ireland. The Ramsar Convention entered into force in Ireland on 15 March 1985. Since then Ireland has designated 45 sites as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 66,994 hectares. This intergovernmental treaty embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the “wise use”, or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.

This information tour of the designated Ramsar sites around Ireland includes map location information, a brief summary of species and habitats of interest that resulted in the Ramsar designation, and information on whether sites are open to visitors.

So if you would like to learn more about Ireland’s Ramsar wetlands, all you have to do to access the story map is go to the link shown below:


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