Map of Irish Wetlands - NEWS SECTION


Want to visit an Irish wetland?

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With spring ever more in the air the Map of Irish Wetlands team have created an exciting new on-line story map ‘Wetlands to visit around Ireland' to help you find some great wetland sites to visit around the country.

The story map brings you on an informative tour of 40 wetlands around Ireland where you can learn more about these fascinating habitats. 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 from the groups that manage the reserves, opening times and much more.

The selection of wetlands shown in the story map include coastal wetlands, fens and swamps, ponds and bogs that all have a variety of visitor facilities (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 story map is based on a small selection of sites included 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 and the latest story map have been developed and made available to the public free of charge without the assistance of any public funding.

Included on the new story map are such places as Bull Island, Clara Bog, Pollardstown Fen, Lodge Bog, The Wexford Wildlfowl Reserve, Fennor Bog, Corlea Visitor Centre, Boora Parklands to mention just a few. According to Dr.  Foss “These wetlands represent the different types that occur in Ireland and all have fantastic facilities to cater for visitors. The groups that manage these wonderful places have invested in making the sites open to the public and allow people to learn more about these fascinating places”.

So if you would like to make a visit to one of the wetlands, all you have to do to access the story map is go to the link shown below or scan the QR code which will launch the story map on your mobile device. 

“We hope people will enjoy the story map tour and get out there to visit one of these great national treasures !” says Dr. Foss.

QR code and Links to 'wetlands to visit around Ireland' story map:

http://arcg.is/2kWtYY8

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Discover Irish Wetlands on World Wetlands Day 2017

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2 February 2017

The first Map of Irish Wetlands has recently been completed following three years of research and data compilation on a voluntary basis by wetland scientists Dr Peter Foss and Dr Patrick Crushell.

The on-line Map of Irish Wetlands shows the location of more than 12,600 wetland sites in Ireland. The map has been created and made available to the public free of charge without the assistance of any public funding. Upwards of two hundred individuals refer to the map each month including researchers, students, land use professionals, and the general public. 

The map is displayed via the Google Maps interface and can be accessed from any on-line device, without the need for special software. The Map of Irish Wetlands shows the location and provides summary information on protected and well known wildlife sites such as Clara Bog, Pollardstown Fen, or Dublin Bay. The map also provides information on lesser known wetlands that are important to local wildlife including cutover bogs, wet woodlands, farm ponds, and even golf course ponds. According to Dr.  Crushell “These small wetlands all form part of a national network of sites that support a great variety of specialist plants and animals adapted to living in wetland environments”.

This network, which forms a key part of Ireland’s natural history resource, has been identified for the first time by the Map of Irish Wetlands project. The value of wetlands in providing services to society is increasingly being recognised by concepts such as 'green capital' and 'green infrastructure'. However, the team behind the Map of Irish Wetlands believe that planning authorities and other state agencies charged with the protection of our 'green capital' should be doing more to identify and evaluate the resource. “To date only counties Kildare and Louth have undertaken the necessary surveys to characterise and evaluate the complete wetland resource they have, something urgently needed across many other counties in Ireland” says Dr. Crushell.

In the meantime the information presented on the map will continue to be refined by the map team. It is hoped, subject to finding a suitable sponsor or partner, that the functionality of the map will be enhanced during 2017 to allow users to easily search features of the wetland map and overlay it on other available datasets such as soil maps or land cover maps.

“Information on new or existing sites is always welcome, so if you would like to contribute to this wetland mapping project get in touch” says Dr. Crushell.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February, Wetland Surveys Ireland are hosting a 'Name the Wetlands’ competition. To take part go to the news section of WetlandSurveysIreland.com or the WSI Facebook page.

Link to Map of Irish Wetlands


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Put your wetland photograph on the Map of Irish Wetlands

WetlandImagesThe Map of Irish Wetlands contains 2,900 wetlands which display a photograph of the site in question on the pop up information window. These images have been kindly supplied by a variety of organisations, local groups and individuals, who are acknowledged in the pop up window. But with over 12,500 sites in total displayed on the Map of Irish Wetlands, there are still many wetlands without a photograph. 

We are hoping that this is where you might be able to help us!

If you have a photograph of a wetland in your area, or that you recently visited, why not have it included on the Map of Irish Wetlands? Or perhaps take a snap shot on a mobile device when your out and about, maybe of a local wetland close to you that is not illustrated at present. You can send on your digital photograph by email to peterjfoss@gmail.com

If possible please include the Wetland Map site code to make sure we know which site you are referring to. 

All photographs submitted for inclusion on the Map of Irish Wetlands are listed as copyright of the photographer and you will be acknowledged on the Map of Irish Wetlands. 

Your images need be no bigger than 200-300 Kb when u email it to us.   

By sending an image you agree to our use of the image on the Map of Irish Wetlands. Remember if you would like to be acknowledged, send us your name otherwise the photograph will be attributed as “Anonymous”. 

So check out the wetland map for your locality, and get out there and take a 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 !

We look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for supporting the Map of Irish Wetlands project. 

Wetland habitat distribution maps for Ireland

Following upload of the County Galway wetland dataset for the Wetland Map of Ireland in September 2016 it is now possible to show provisional wetland habitat distribution maps (based on the known and possible occurrence of different wetland types) throughout Ireland. The map examples below shows the distribution of Cladium fen and Turlough sites throughout the country. The maps should be regarded as the minimum distribution for each habitat type in the country, with future surveys likely to reveal additional sites for the different wetland habitat types. 

Further examples of selected wetland habitat maps based on the Map of Irish wetlands can be viewed here

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New wetlands identified in Galway complete the Map of Irish Wetlands!

Upload of the new Galway wetland map means that work on the Map of Irish Wetlands has been completed after 3 years voluntary research work by Peter Foss and Patrick Crushell. This is the first time that a total wetland data set has been created and made publicly available showing all wetlands in Ireland, both protected and those located outside of designated sites. The first complete draft of the Map of Irish Wetlands displays a total of 12,623 wetland sites across the country.


The final element of the project to map Ireland's wetlands, involved undertaking a preliminary mapping survey of all wetlands (both known and potential wetland sites) in County Galway. The results from this mapping exercise has just been completed and the results uploaded to the Map of Irish Wetlands. 

Not surprisingly, a significant number of additional wetlands have been observed in county Galway, bringing the wetland sites recorded in the county to a total of 1164. 

The wetland sites mapped in Galway are those which have been reported in wide range of published sources, and previously unknown sites located through an aerial photographic analysis combined with sub soils data. 

Prior to this research project 202 wetland sites had been identified within the county, including many large blanket bog sites in the west of the county. This mapping project has located an additional 962 wetland sites throughout the county (many in the eastern half of the county), bringing the total number to sites identified in county Galway to 1164. Wetlands included on the map are areas of raised and blanket bog, fen, swamp, wet woodland, ponds, lakes, rivers and coastal wetlands.


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The majority of the “new” sites identified have limited associated information on the wetland habitats that are likely to occur on the sites. County wetland surveys are required to address this information deficit.

The Map of Irish Wetlands now displays a total of 12,623 sites.


Revised County Clare Wetland Map Published

As part of the joint project to map Ireland's wetlands, with Wetland Surveys Ireland, a revised map of wetlands in County Clare has just been completed. 

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The wetland sites previously mapped in Clare were those which have been reported in wide range of published sources and identified as part of the Clare Wetland Map Project 2008 for which survey data existed. 

The most recent wetland site additions to the Clare wetland map are “new or potential” wetland sites located through an aerial photographic analysis combined with sub soils data, together with habitat mapping studies undertaken in east Clare between 2008 and 2010. Prior to this most recent review, 389 wetland sites had been identified within the county. This mapping project has located an additional 361 wetland sites throughout the county, bringing the total number to sites identified in Clare to 750. 

The majority of the “new” potential sites identified have limited associated information on the wetland habitats that are likely to occur on the sites. Future county wetland surveys are required to address this information deficit.

The Map of Irish Wetlands now displays a total of 11,641 wetland sites for Ireland

New Wetland Map for Donegal

As part of the project to map Ireland's wetlands, a preliminary mapping survey of all wetlands (both known and potential wetland sites) in County Donegal has just been completed. 

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A significant number of additional wetlands have been located in the county bringing the wetland site total recorded in the county to 880. 

The wetland sites mapped in Donegal are those which have been reported in wide range of published sources, and previously unknown sites located through an aerial photographic analysis combined with sub soils data. 

Prior to this research project 126 wetland sites had been identified within the county. This mapping project has located an additional 754 wetland sites throughout the county, bringing the total number to sites identified to 880. Wetlands included on the map are areas of blanket bog, fen, swamp, wet woodland, ponds, lakes and rivers.

The majority of the “new” sites identified have limited associated information on the wetland habitats that are likely to occur on the sites. County wetland surveys are required to address this information deficit.

New wetland photographs and an acknowledgment to the person who submitted the image, for 1500 wetlands were also added to a number of county maps including: Carlow, Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Wicklow, Waterford, Wexford and Roscommon, together with some additional sites in these counties. 

There are still many wetlands without a photograph - so if you would like to send on a photograph of a site or take a snap shot on a mobile device, feel free to email on your photos to peterjfoss@gmail.com. If possible please include the Wetland Map site code to make sure we know which site you are referring to. All photographs are now made copyright of the photographer and acknowledged on the Wetland Map.  

Completion of the Donegal wetland identification project means that only one further Irish county, Galway needs to be assessed and the Map of Irish Wetlands will display a complete draft Irish wetland inventory. We hope to work on Galway completed in the near future. 

The Map of Irish Wetlands now displays a total of 11,280 wetland sites for Ireland. 

Wetland Map for Sligo Updated


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As part of the joint project to map Ireland's wetlands, with Wetland Surveys Ireland, a revised map of wetlands in County Sligo has just been completed. 

The wetland sites previously mapped in Sligo were those which have been reported in wide range of published sources and those sites surveyed as part of the Sligo County Wetland Surveys undertaken from 2008 to 2011.

The most recent wetland site additions are “new" sites located in Sligo through an aerial photographic analysis combined with sub soils data. Prior to this research project 256 wetland sites had been identified within the county. This mapping project has located an additional 237 potential wetland sites throughout the county, bringing the total number to sites identified to 493. 

The majority of the “new” sites identified have limited associated information on the wetland habitats that are likely to occur on the sites. Future county wetland surveys are required to address this information deficit.

Minor updates, mainly involving the inclusion of new site photographs were also made for counties Tipperary, Waterford, Wicklow, Westmeath and Wexford.

The Map of Irish Wetlands now displays a total of 10,393 wetland sites for Ireland. 

Revised Map of County Wicklow Wetland


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As part of the joint project to map Ireland's wetlands, with Wetland Surveys Ireland, a revised map of wetlands in County Wicklow has just been completed. 

The wetland sites previously mapped in Wicklow were those which have been reported in wide range of published sources and surveyed as part of the Wicklow County Wetland Surveys 2011 and 2012. 

The most recent wetland site additions to the Wicklow wetland map are “new" sites located through an aerial photographic analysis combined with sub soils data. Prior to this research project 244 wetland sites had been identified within the county. This mapping project has located an additional 72 wetland sites throughout the county, bringing the total number to sites identified in Wicklow to 316. 

The majority of the “new” potential sites identified have limited associated information on the wetland habitats that are likely to occur on the sites. Future county wetland surveys are required to address this information deficit.

The Map of Irish Wetlands now displays a total of 10,154 wetland sites for Ireland. 

New Offaly Wetland Map

As part of the joint project to map Ireland's wetlands, with Wetland Surveys Ireland, a preliminary mapping survey of all wetlands (both known and potential wetland sites) in County Offaly has just been completed. 

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A significant number of additional wetlands, including a number of large cutover bog complexes, have been observed bringing the total of wetland sites recorded in the county to 282. 

The wetland sites mapped in Offaly are those which have been reported in wide range of published sources, and previously unknown sites located through an aerial photographic analysis combined with sub soils data. 

Prior to this research project 81 wetland sites had been mapped within the county. This mapping project has located an additional 201 wetland sites throughout the county, bringing the total number to sites recorded to 282. Wetlands included on the map are areas of raised and cutover bog, fen, swamp, wet woodland, ponds, lakes and rivers.

The majority of the “new” sites identified have limited associated information on the wetland habitats that are likely to occur on the sites. County wetland surveys are required to address this information deficit.

The Wetland Map of Ireland now displays a total of 10,082 wetland sites for Ireland.


© Peter Foss 2012