Take the Reenagross Woodland Park Tour

Would you like to visit and learn more about Reenagross Woodland Park, Kenmare? The new story map produced by Wetland Surveys Ireland and Foss Environmental Consulting 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. Kenmare Tidy Towns have undertaken numerous projects to enhance the value of the woodland for wildlife and to manage the park for visitors. You will learn more about these topics during this tour.

The park has a variety of visitor facilities including paths, seating, information signs, that will help you enjoy a visit to this magical place, and learn more about the park, as well as the habitats, wildlife and management work being undertaken by Kenmare Tidy Towns to enhance the biodiversity of this oak woodland.

The story map includes a map of the walking trails at Reenagross, location information on habitats of interest, a brief summary of what you can discover at the site, a summary of habitat and species protection work that has been undertaken, and a link to further information, opening times and much more.

According to Dr.  Crushell “Kenmare Tidy Towns manage this wonderful place, and have invested significant resources and voluntary effort in making the site open to the public and allowing anyone to learn more about this fascinating place and its wildlife and biodiversity”.

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 is go to the link shown below:



Information for the Reenagross Woodland story map comes from information held in the Map of Irish Wetlands. The Map of Irish Wetlands has been created by Dr Peter Foss and Dr Patrick Crushell and shows the location of more than 12,600 wetland sites in Ireland. The map has been developed and made available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to visit some other wetland you can check out the story map Wetlands to Visit Around Ireland. The story map brings you on an informative tour of 40 wetlands around Ireland where you can learn more about these fascinating habitats.

Link to 'Wetlands to Visit Around Ireland' story map:


For further Information or story maps about wildlife heritage sites, check out the websites below:

WetlandSurveysIreland.com; Tel: 064 6642524; E: info@wetlandSurveysIreland.com

Links to Map of Irish Wetlands:  WetlandSurveysIreland.com or FossEnvironmentalConsulting.com

Killaun Bog, Offaly

Took a walk around the Killaun Fen and Bog nature reserve near Birr in Offaly last week. Been a few years since I was there (rather not count) and have to say the place is looking as good as ever. It’s a great place to go to see alkaline fen (with Carex lepidocarpa (Long stalked yellow-sedge) and Schoenus nigricans (Black bog rush)), bog woodland dominated by birch and raised bog habitats all on a comfortable walk around the boardwalk through the site. 

Remember if you want to visit this or other wetlands around the country... you'll find information on location etc in the "Wetlands to Visit Around Ireland" story map at http://arcg.is/2kWtYY8

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Get Involved and Celebrate National Heritage Week

Each year, during the last week of August (19-27 August), many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country as part of National Heritage Week. Many of the events that take place during the week are free. Heritage Week highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote awareness of our natural, built and cultural heritage.

Even if you cannot make it to one of the organised events, you can still ‘remotely visit’ and learn more about some great wetland heritage sites around Ireland by taking one of the story map tours that Wetland Surveys Ireland and Foss Environmental Consulting have prepared for:

Wetlands to visit around Ireland

Link at http://arcg.is/2kWtYY8

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Bohernabreena and the Glenasmole Valley Tour

Link at http://arcg.is/2oxurSK


Details of events throughout Ireland for National Heritage Week can be found on the official website for the week here.

So don't miss your chance to celebrate and take part in National Heritage Week.


© Peter Foss 2012