World Wetlands Day - 2nd February 2020

World Wetlands Day – 2 February 2021

In 2020 LAWPRO received almost 500 entries to the “Stories from the Waterside Competition”.  The competition was launched to tap into stories and encourage people to reflect and share their memories about special places with a connection to water (rivers, streams, lakes and so on).  Twenty prize winning entries were selected and 38 stories were compiled in a book which was published on World Heritage Day.  Due to popular demand all the stories submitted will now be published on a dedicated website.  The website will be launched to marks World Wetlands Day 2021. Together with this launch there will be an evening of story telling!!

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World Wetlands Day Webinar to Celebrate the Wetlands of Laois and Offaly. Hear about Clara Bog with Dr Jim Ryan, The Shannon Callows with Kathryn Finney, Laois Floodplain Grasslands with Des Finnamore, Abbeyleix Bog with Chris Uys and Lough Boora Wetlands with Dr Alex Copland.

In this video, ecologist Patrick Crushell introduces wetlands in Leitrim and explains their importance to the environment.
The ‘Wetlands in Leitrim’ video is part of a series of Leitrim heritage-themed videos commissioned by the Heritage Office of Leitrim County Council and part-funded by the Heritage Council.

Coastwatch invites you to mark the 50th Anniversary of World Wetlands Day with us at our ‘evening before’ event on Monday 1st Feb 4pm -6pm. Please book in with Bernie by emailing She will then forward the on-line zoom link.

This information and celebration zoom event will include:
Coastwatch Autumn Survey 2020 water and wetlands results, trends and legal context introduced by Karin Dubsky and Angel Duarte Campos, then open floor, Q and A.
A year in the life of a river: First daily river estuary quality and flood monitoring results of the Kilgorman river estuary by Coastwatcher Cathy Lee.
What next? Bernie leads a brain storming session. Please bring your ideas and thinking cap.
Marking 50 years of WWD. Bring a willow cutting to include in zoom photo. More information when you register.

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Cork Nature Network is delighted to announce the online premiere of our short film Cork Otters. The free screening will be followed by a panel discussion at 7:00pm on February 2nd.

This event will take place on Zoom.

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Join Dr Rory Sheehan and Paul Sherlock broadcasting live from the slopes of Sliabh Beagh. Discover how the blanket bog of the mountain formed, and how it can be re-wetted using drain blocking and find out some of the unique wildlife of the bog. Plus live Q and A.

Event organisers: The CANN Project & Monaghan County Council

Twitter: @theCANNproject

We have produced a short (1min 32sec) video that celebrates some of Castlecomer’s Wetland wonders from the Silvery Deen to the Rock of Foyle waterfall & some of the fauna & flora that they support.

Event organiser: Castlecomer Tidy Towns Group

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Discover the Wealth of Waterford’s Wetland Wildlife through the eyes of Wildlife Photographer Paddy Dwan of Time Outside Nature Walks. Waterford has two Ramsar Sites- Dungarvan Harbour and Tramore Back Strand and Waterford City & County Council are delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention and World Wetlands Day.

A short video showing off Dublin City’s wetlands, created by James Purcell over the last three weeks. The video will air on DCC’s social media platforms on Monday with the tagline “Get to know your local wetland”.

Dublin City Council Water Framework Directive Office.

Video will go live on all DCC social media.

Join us for our panel discussion on Friday, 12th February, with: Karin Dubsky, marine ecologist and a Director of Coastwatch, Dolf D’hondt, an active member of Bantry Bay – Protect Our Native Kelp Forests campaign and a co-ordinator for the Coastwatch survey and Patrick Graham, a Wildlife Ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems. They provide essential services and supply all our fresh water. However, they continue to be degraded and converted to other uses. In her presentation, Karin will provide the legal context for protection of Wetlands under the Ramsar Convention, the wetland types in Ireland, how Ireland has fared in implementing protection and how, in this 50th Anniversary, we can all do more to conserve and restore wetlands.

Dolf will present in a more local context and, drawing from the experience of the campaign to protect kelp in Bantry Bay from being mechanically harvested, highlight the importance of our wetland features and our marine resources. He will explore how the agreement to designate 30% of our coastal waters to marine protected areas offers an avenue for community involvement and a real opportunity to conserve and restore these rich resources.

Patrick will present on Lough Hyne, near Skibbereen. Designated as a Marine Reserve, it is recognised as an internationally important site with a unique habitat and rare marine plant and animal species.

Event Organiser: SHEP Earth Aware and Cork Environmental Forum

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An Taisce Dun Laoghaire association care for Booterstown Marsh Nature Reserve pNHA. Home to the rare protected Borrer’s grass it contains three Annex 1 habitats and a host of protected bird species that feed, roost and rest here in the winter months. With LAWPRO fund a lovely drone film of this unique south city wetland was made. A winter video is in the making and shows thousands of birds in this precious yet fragile environment.

The future of Carrownagappul Bog, like so many other raised bogs, was one of continuing deterioration. Through collective efforts to restore the bog, which have been embraced by local communities, the future of the site now looks very different. A new video by BirdWatch Ireland and Galway County Council, and funded through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, called ‘Life on the bog’ showcases the rich biodiversity of Carrownagappul, the wildlife that is slowly returning to the bog and the efforts to restore this special site.

This video was produced by BirdWatch Ireland and Galway County Council as an action of the Galway County Heritage and Biodiversity Plan 2017 – 2022, with funding provided through the National Biodiversity Action Plan through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and Galway County Council and with the help of The Living Bog Project and Galway Telework. Featuring John Lusby of BirdWatch Ireland and Ronan Casey of the the Living Bog Project and filmed and edited by Peter Cutler of CrowCrag.

Video will be hosted on the BirdWatch Ireland Facebook Page:

BirdWatch Ireland & Galway County Council

Every year thousands of juvenile swallows roost in the reed beds of Lough Carra. The birds arrive at the lake to feed and as their numbers build up they gather over the reeds beds. As the light fades they settle on the reed stems where they spend the night suspended over the water.

Lough Carra Catchment Association

Wetlands of Mayo is a new booklet, which aims to raise awareness of Mayo’s wetland heritage, and improve understanding of the role played by wetlands in the county.

Click HERE to download your copy.

Mayo County Council

This video presents and overview of activities of the The Lough Carra Catchment Association in County Mayo in 2020.

Wetland Snapshot