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Wetlands in Leitrim video

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Patrick Crushell from WSI features in a new video entitled “Wetlands in Letrim”, part of a series of Leitrim heritage videos.

The video which has just been released, was commissioned by the Heritage Office of Leitrim County Council and is part of their Connecting Through Leitrim's Heritage series.

In the video Patrick introduces us to some wetlands in Leitrim and explains their importance for our heritage, biodiversity, and the ecosystem services they provide, such as carbon storage and flood control.

Watch the youtube video at: https://youtu.be/59KXtp6VR7c

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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Major Update to Map of Irish Wetlands

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A recent update to the Map of Irish Wetlands has just been published which allows the user to display and query the extent of wetlands in selected counties where targeted wetland surveys have been undertaken. In addition, a 'Wetland Indicating Sediments' layer based on the Quaternary Geology Map of Ireland has been added. The sediments within the layer indicate the presence of wetland conditions (alluvium, lacustrine, blanket peat, raised peat, cutover peat, water, lake marl, coastal marsh, estuarine silt and clays) were extracted to create this standalone dataset. This dataset is very useful in identifying areas where wetlands are likely to exist. Of course drainage and other land-uses may have caused the loss of wetland conditions at many of these sites. The layer suggests that 24% of the Republic of Ireland once supported wetlands. However we have no information on the current extent except for those few counties that have undertaken detailed surveys in recent years. This year, partial wetland surveys have been commissioned by both Westmeath and Longford County Councils with support of the Heritage Council.

This project was developed jointly on a voluntary basis by the Dr Peter Foss (Foss Environmental Consulting) and Dr Patrick Crushell (Wetland Surveys Ireland) and is the only centralised map of all wetlands that occur in Ireland.

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 over 12,800 Irish wetlands.

As Dr. Crushell explains “We hope the map will prove useful to a range of professionals and general public who are interested in identifying the wetland resource in a given area. In the context of the climate and biodiversity crisis the value of wetlands is becoming increasingly apparent and the extent of this resource is critical in future planning and policy development to address these issues.”

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

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www.bit.ly/MapofIrishWetlands

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We are constantly updating photographs of the Irish wetlands. You can submit your photos of your favorite wetland via our app: www.bit.ly/WetlandSnapShot

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Wetland SnapSot 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 (www.bit.ly/WetlandSnapShot) which runs on mobile devices (as a well as tablets and desktop computers).

The Map of Irish Wetlands (www.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”. 

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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County Leitrim 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 ecologists with Wetland Surveys Ireland 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


County Longford Wetland Field Survey 2019

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Following on from the 2017 County Longford & Roscommon Wetland Study project, which identified all wetlands in the two counties, a new report on wetlands surveyed in 2019 in County Longford has been published. The survey was commissioned by Longford County Council and undertaken by ecologists with Wetland Surveys Ireland. The survey aimed to identifying the specific wetland habitats and ecological interest on 18 sites within the county, and prepare habitat maps for each.

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.

The main findings to emerge from the County Longford Wetland Field Survey 2019 was that a number of important wetland sites were identified (deemed to be of county or high local importance). This included raised bog and lake / wet grassland wetland sites. Raised bogs are listed under the EU Habitats Directive as a habitat of conservation concern. New records for Marsh Fritillary ( Annex II species under the EU Habitats Directive) were also recorded during the course of the survey on two wetlands, extending the known distribution of this important species in the county.

The report also highlights the absence of detailed information on many sites and the urgent need for targeted field surveys to gain a better understanding of the wetland resource within the county. 

The County Longford Wetlands Field Survey 2019 was made possible through the financial support of Longford County Council and The Heritage Council. 

The County Longford Wetlands Field Survey 2019 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.

International bog day 2019 - Celebrating the beauty of bogs

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International Bog Day is celebrated around the world on the fourth Sunday in July – this falls on 28th July in 2019. This annual event has been designed to celebrate the beauty of bogs and to help make people more aware of peatlands, the services they provide for free, and the threats they face. 

Bogs are not only beautiful, dramatic landscapes, full of inspiring wildlife, but also provide us with some very useful services, vital to our own survival. Their protection is necessary to avoid adverse economic and environmental impacts. 

Some key services that bogs provide are shown on the attached image (Source: https://bogday.org/)

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You can learn more about some of the most important raised bogs in Ireland and where to find them in the story map created by Wetland Surveys Ireland and Foss Environmental Consulting - 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. The raised bogs which are open to the public and include information signs and a boardwalk are also highlighted. 

Included on the 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:

http://bit.ly/raisedbogs

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Take the County Monaghan Wetland Tour

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The new online story map forms part of the County Monaghan Heritage Series publication “Monaghan’s Wonderful Wetland” being launched today. The County Monaghan Wetland Tour is an initiative of the Heritage Office, Monaghan County Council. 

The wetland locations shown in this interactive online tour are sites in Co. Monaghan open to public that have various facilities including parking, paths, fishing stands (may require license), information signs, longer walking routes or a visitor centre. 

The story map brings you on an informative tour of 23 wetlands around Monaghan where you can learn more about these fascinating habitats. 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 people and wildlife. The map is based on a selection of wetlands shown on the Map of Irish Wetlands. 

The story map includes map location information, a brief summary of what you can discover at the sites, a summary of facilities at each location, and a link to further information, opening times and more.

To access the story map go to the link shown below:

http://bit.ly/MonaghanWetlands

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Celebrating Irish Wetlands on World Wetlands Day

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 Each year on the 2nd February many, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have acted to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention which was signed in 1971.

National and local community organisations throughout Ireland participate by organising a host of different events throughout the country as part of #World Wetlands Day.

Even if you cannot make it to one of the organised events in person on World Wetlands Day, you can still ‘remotely visit’ and learn more about Ireland’s great wetland wealth by taking one of the story map tours that Wetland Surveys Ireland and Foss Environmental Consulting have prepared.

Wetlands to visit around Ireland
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Ramsar Wetlands in the Republic of Ireland
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Bohernabreena and the Glenasmole Valley Tour
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The Raised Bogs of Ireland
Link - http://bit.ly/raisedbogs

Ireland’s Fabulous Fens
Link - http://bit.ly/IrishFens

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