Reenagross Park, Kenmare, Co. Kerry. Baseline Ecological Surveys and Biodiversity Conservation Plan

Crushell, P. and Foss, P.J. (2010). Reenagross Park, Kenmare, Co. Kerry. Baseline Ecological Surveys and Biodiversity Conservation Plan.а Report prepared by Wetland Surveys Ireland for Kenmare Tidy Towns Committee. pp 51.а

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Reenagross Park is a valuable asset to the heritage town of Kenmare, having over 3.2 km of pathways through a semi-natural wooded and coastal landscape situated only 300 meters south of the town centre. The park contains excellent examples of semi-natural habitats including broadleaved woodland, salt marsh, rocky shore and estuarine mudflats which all host a good representation of our native flora and fauna. The proximity of the park to the town adds to the value of the site as both a recreational and educational amenity.

The main aim of this project was to assess and evaluate the natural heritage of the park and its surroundings with the objective of preparing a biodiversity conservation plan.

In all, 14 habitat types were recorded at Reenagross Park, of which the native Oak-Birch-Holly woodland, mixed deciduous woodland, estuarine and mudflat habitats are considered to be of highest ecological interest. In all over 303 plant and animal species were recorded within the park.

The biodiversity conservation plan recommends practical measures aimed at conserving and enhancing the natural heritage of the area. The main issue that threatens the ecological interest of the site is the presence of invasive species including Rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum). It is recommended that measures be taken to eradicate Rhododendron ponticum in order to conserve and enhance the Oak woodland that occurs at the site.

Opportunities for the development of educational and interpretative facilities at the site are also presented in the biodiversity plan.


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