This handbook was produced by the Community Wetlands Forum (CWF) as part of a small scale study funded by the EPA under its IRWC remit. It is a very useful resource for any community group involved in wetland conservation or management projects.
Some dates for your diary in 2020
- 2nd February: World Wetlands Day
- 21st – 22nd April: CIEEM Conference: Conservation Approaches to Benefit Biodiversity: Big Ideas for Big Challenges
- 22nd May: International Day for Biodiversity
- 23rd – 25th June: NUIG International Conference on Natural and Constructed Wetlands
- 12-23rd August: National Heritage Week
Is that a wetland?!
We had a fantastic turnout today at our workshop with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, and hosted by the Cabragh Wetland Centre on the new wetland guide. Faith Wilson delivered the course, and it was attended by a diverse group including ecologists, interested individuals, and others who need to identify wetlands as part of their jobs. It was agreed by all, that no matter how much of an expert you are, it can just be really tricky to identify some wetland habitats! Faith did a great indoor session as we worked our way through the guide – she told us all about the key wetland indicators to look out for. We headed out in the afternoon to identify some of the Cabragh Wetland Centre’s wetlands. Check out some more images from the day.
Who thinks what about wetlands?
Back in June 2016, the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee engaged with wetland scientists, engineers and students attending the Inaugural International Conference on Natural and Constructed Wetlands hosted by National University of Ireland Galway. IRWC wanted to explore the perceptions of the conference delegates with respect to Ramsar and wetland conservation generally. You can find out more here…
IRWC visits Pollardstown Fen
Last Friday, IRWC visited Pollardtown Fen located near Newbridge in County Kildare. Pollardstown is perhaps the biggest fen in Ireland, and a real mosaic of plant communities fed by dozens of calcareous springs. The site is well used by the public, facilitated by a boardwalk circuit through the southern part of the site. There were significant challenges several years back associated with managing the flooding at the site during the construction of the Kildare Bypass. The fen habitat is best managed through grazing, and currently there are associated difficulties relating to finding suitable stock for grazing a ‘wet’ site, combined with the management of stock in a heavily-visited public amenity area.
Putting the Wetland Guide into Practice
IRWC teams up with the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Faith Wilson to deliver a practical workshop on 25th September 2018 at the Cabragh Wetlands Centre on how to use this new wetland guide. For more details about this workshop and how you can book please download the Autumn Workshop Programme here
IRWC Launch New Wetlands Guide
The Committee are delighted to announce the launch of our very own wetland guide for Ireland. The guide is illustrated with lots of high-quality images and is designed to be brought into the field. It provides a step by step approach on identifying any wetland in Ireland. A PDF version is available here.
You may also download the FIELD SURVEY FORM separately.