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Public survey on attitudes to wetlands in County Monaghan

The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021 aims to develop an integrated plan for the conservation of the wetland resource in County Monaghan, through co-operation and engagement with a wide range of partners and community groups.

As part of the development of the plan the project team are asking members of the public to complete a short anonymous questionnaire on their attitudes to wetlands, how people use them and what they value about wetlands across the county. 

The survey is being undetaken on behalf of the Monaghan County Council Heritage Office (monaghan.ie/heritage) and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government under the National Biodiversity Action Plan. 

You can complete the survey by using this link: bit.ly/WetlandsPublicSurvey

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County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021 Web App

The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021aims to develop an integrated plan for the conservation of the wetland resource in County Monaghan, through co-operation and engagement with a wide range of partners and community groups.

As part of this project, the 202 sites for which standard survey information is available thanks to past wetland surveys in the county, will be evaluated in relation to the multiple benefits (ecosystem services) that these wetlands provide. 

A web app developed as part of the Monaghan Wetland Action Plan project shows the location of these wetland across the county, and allows local groups and interested parties see the results and outcome of the project. 

The map can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/MonaghanWAP

The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan (MAWP) project is a joint project initiative funded by Monaghan County Council, and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

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Wetlands of Mayo

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Mayo County Council have published a booklet entitled “Wetlands of Mayo” an introduction to the rich wetland wealth in the county. The booklet was prepared by wetland ecologist Peter Foss as part of the County Mayo Wetland Survey project which commenced in 2020. 

This booklet aims to raise awareness of Mayo’s wetland heritage and improve understanding of the role of wetlands in all our lives as a natural asset benefitting everyone, in accordance with the objectives of the County Mayo Biodiversity Plan 2010-2015 & County Development Plan 2014-2020. 

Due to the varying topography, geology, hydrology, wet Atlantic climate, and soils, County Mayo has a wealth of diverse wildlife habitats, supporting a myriad of plant and animal species, with wetland habitats ranging from raised and blanket bog, fen, marsh, river and associated floodplain, lake, spring, turlough, wet grassland, wet woodland and various coastal wetlands.

Mayo is the third largest County with an area of 558,00ha and 1,168km of coastline. In Mayo areas designated for conservation under Irish law, most of which are wetlands, cover 27% or 151,000ha of the land surface. In all 1,100 individual wetlands have been identified, with fens and bogs alone covering an estimated 212,000ha of County Mayo.

This booklet has been produced by the Heritage Office of Mayo County Council, with financial assistance from The Heritage Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

More Info and download here: https://www.mayo.ie/heritage/wetlandsofmayo

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County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan Preliminary Scope and Methodology Report 2020

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The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021 (MWAP) aims to develop an integrated plan for the conservation of the wetland resource in County Monaghan, through co-operation and engagement with a wide range of partners and community groups. A report outlining the methodology to be used in the formulation of the MWAP has been just been published by Monaghan County Council. 

Extensive work has been undertaken over the past fifteen years in identifying and characterizing the ecological character of wetlands throughout County Monaghan. The outcome of this work has produced a valuable dataset containing information on 710 wetlands, of which 202 have been subject to field survey. This information will form the basis of a Wetland Action Plan for the county. As part of this project, those 202 sites for which standard information is available will be evaluated in relation to the provision of ecosystem services following a “Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES)” approach as promoted by the Ramsar convention. This approach aims to assess the multiple benefits that wetlands provide.

Following the RAWES assessment, the project will objectively identify management, restoration and rehabilitation priorities for the wetland resource of the county to, amongst other things, improve biodiversity outcomes and climate mitigation/adaptation.

The project will help define climate action as well as management strategies, defining an action plan for wetland protection in County Monaghan.

The project will help determine whether high-carbon ecosystems should be prioritised for restoration and rehabilitation budgets over the coming years to safeguard peat carbon storage and sequestration. In the County Monaghan context, wetlands that are not peatlands may play important roles in flood mitigation and biodiversity protection and the ecosystem services on these sites will also be assessed as part of the project.

Actions will be costed as part of the plan and likely will focus on the re-wetting of drained fens and peatlands, prevention of nutrient inputs to wetlands, removal of invasive species including self-seeded conifers, awareness raising and capacity building initiatives.

A public engagement strategy will be developed and funding sources identified to ensure the wide uptake of the wetland action plan among partners and community groups, the primary beneficiaries in County Monaghan.

The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan (MAWP) project is a joint project initiative funded by Monaghan County Council, and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

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Wetland Photographic Competition

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The Map of Irish Wetlands and the Irish Ramsar Committee are running a photographic competition to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2021 and 50 years since the signing of the Ramsar Convention. This competition will be launched on February 2nd and photos can be submitted via the Wetland Snapshot App.

This year’s WWD theme shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss.

To get the Wetland SnapShot app use this link https://arcg.is/0DerTa 

Then run it through the browser on your phone or download the free Survey123 field app from the iOS App Store or Google Play and run it through this on your device. 

So join us to celebrate World Wetlands Day and be in with a chance to win monthly and overall prizes in over 18 and under 18 age categories (Biodiversity Ireland swatch cards, OPW Heritage Cards, presentation of a framed photo of the overall winner in each age category).  

Closing date for submissions: 31 May 2021. Full competition details at: www.irishwetlands.ie

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Report on County Longford wetlands surveyed in 2020 published

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This project involved a field survey of eleven freshwater wetlands in County Longford, located in the southern part of the county, with the aim of identifying the specific wetlands and ecological interest of each site. These sites had previously been identified as being of potential interest during the County Longford & Roscommon Wetland Study 2017 project. The sites were selected for survey due to the potential occurrence of notable wetland habitats. This report presents the results of the 2020 field survey and includes detailed site descriptions and habitat maps for each of the wetlands surveyed.

The survey was commissioned by Longford County Council and undertaken by ecologists with Wetland Surveys Ireland. 

Wetlands are important for biodiversity by supporting a wide range of specialist plant and animal species. In addition, wetlands provide important ecosystem services such as flood prevention, provision of clean water, and carbon storage.

The main findings to emerge from the 2020 wetlands survey is the identification of a number of important wetland sites (ranging from national to high local importance),  including a turlough, a freshwater floodplain marsh, a lake, and a number of remnant raised bog sites.

The results of the 2020 field survey suggests that many important wetland sites may remain un-identified throughout county Longford and further surveys will be required to improve our knowledge of the county's wetland heritage. 

The County Longford Wetlands Field Survey 2020 was made possible through the financial support of Longford County Council and The Heritage Council. 

The County Longford Wetlands Field Survey 2020 is an action of the County Longford Draft Heritage Plan 2015-2020. The report is available from Máiréad Ní Chonghaile, Heritage Officer, Longford County Council.

Longford’s Wetlands

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To coincide with National #WaterHeritageDay, and to celebrate their great wetlands, County Longford have just published a new online story map entitled: Longford's Wetlands - A story map about wetland habitats in County Longford.

The story map was written and created by Mary Catherine Gallagher and Patrick Crushell from Wetland Surveys Ireland, with photography by Peter Foss. 

The online story map features lots of information about the type and location of wetlands found in County Longford, their importance to our wildlife and our own health and includes a wetlands to visit section.

You can see the story map at: bit.ly/LongfordsWetlands

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Wetland SnapShot app launched

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With World Wetlands Day just around the corner (2nd February) the Map of Irish Wetlands team are asking people to help take a snap shot, on their mobile device, of their favourite wetland to include on the Map of Irish Wetlands.

With this in mind the team have just launched a Wetland SnapShot app (bit.ly/WetlandSnapShot) which runs on mobile devices (as a well as tablets and desktop computers).

The Map of Irish Wetlands (bit.ly/MapofIrishWetlands) shows the location and information on over 12,800 wetlands across Ireland, 4,500 of which are illustrated with a photograph. These images have been kindly submitted by individuals and local groups, who are acknowledged in the map pop up window. 

As Peter Foss explains “There are still many wetlands without a photograph out there, and we would like to tap into the many great mobile phone photographers around the country to help us get a snap shot of these wonderful places. No matter how big or small! It’s a great opportunity for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts to put their wetland snap shot on the Map of Irish Wetlands, and help raise awareness of the beauty of wetlands”.

“To get the Wetland SnapShot app use this link (bit.ly/WetlandSnapShot) and run it through the browser on your phone or download the free Survey123 field app from the iOS App Store or Google Play and run it through this”. 

“Links will guide you depending on how you want to operate the Wetland SnapShot app. If you decide to download the free Survey123 field app and run the Wetland SnapShot app through this it will always be on your phone… for that photo you would like to submit. It’s really very easy to operate”. 

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All photographs published on the Map of Irish Wetlands will include a acknowledgement to the photographer, should they wish to provide their names. 

So take that snap shot of a wetland in your area... your local park... on your favourite wildlife walking route…. on your farm … or your local golf course… wherever !

Peter Foss & Patrick Crushell


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Leitrim Wetland Wetland Survey Report Published

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The results of a 2019 survey of wetlands in County Leitrim commissioned by Leitrim County Council and undertaken by Wetland Surveys Ireland and Foss Environmental Consulting has been published. The survey aimed to identify all wetland areas in the county to better inform land use planning and sustainable development strategies for the county.

Wetlands can be defined as areas of land that are wet enough for long enough to support a variety of plants and animals that are specially adapted to wet conditions. These wetland areas include a wide range of wildlife habitats such as bogs, marshes, swamps, wet woodlands, lakes, ponds, salt-marshes, estuaries, and coastal lagoons.

Wetlands are important for biodiversity by supporting a wide range of specialist plant and animal species. In addition, wetlands provide important ecosystem services such as flood prevention, provision of clean water, and carbon storage. Despite the known importance of wetlands, they continue to be threatened and damaged from activities such as drainage and infilling.

By carrying out a review of digital maps and previous studies the Leitrim Wetland Survey focused on the identification of 38 wetland habitat types occurring within 388 potential sites in the county. As part of the study, information on these sites has been collated into a single digital wetland map of the county.

Dr Patrick Crushell, an ecologist with Wetland Surveys Ireland who worked on the project stated that “the Leitrim wetland map should provide a very useful resource and can be used to inform land-use planning to ensure the future sustainable use of the county’s wetlands”.

The report highlights the absence of detailed information on 269 sites and the need for targeted field surveys to gain a better understanding of the wetland resource within the county and to ensure that those sites of highest importance are protected. 

The County Leitrim Wetland Survey 2019 was made possible through the financial support of Leitrim County Council and The Heritage Council. 

The County Leitrim Wetland Survey is an action of the County Leitrim Heritage Plan 2003-2008. The report is available from Sarah Malone, Heritage Officer, Leitrim County Council.


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New Map of Irish Wetlands launched with increased functionality

A new enhanced version of the Map of Irish Wetlands has just been published by Dr Peter Foss (Foss Environmental Consulting) and Dr Patrick Crushell (Wetland Surveys Ireland). This project was developed jointly on a voluntary basis by the two ecologists and is the only centralised map of all wetlands that occur in Ireland.

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The Map of Irish Wetlands (MIW) is now displayed as an ESRI web map application, with additional functionality including searching for site by name, the addition of boundaries for designated sites, the ability to change the base map and other technical functions. 

The main aim of the Map of Irish Wetlands project is to provide the user with information relating to wetland sites across Ireland. The MIW displays information on 12,800+ Irish wetlands, both within the state network of protected areas and outside this network, originating from a wide variety of sources. It is the only map which is freely available to show information on all Irish wetlands. 

The location of sites is displayed on the web map with additional information presented in a pop up window on each site which includes: site name, wetland habitats present, ecological interest and conservation status, source of additional site information and site photograph.

Created in 2012, the on-line Map of Irish Wetlands, was intitially displayed on the Google Maps platform from 2013 to 2019.

As Dr. Foss explains “We hope the new Map of Irish Wetlands resource developed as an ESRI web map, with increased functionality and the inclusion of designated site boundaries, will be of use to a range of professionals and general public who are interested in identifying the wetland biodiversity resource in a given area.”

The map can be viewed at either of the following websites: www.WetlandSurveysIreland.com or www.FossEnvironmentalConsulting.com

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© Peter Foss 2012