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MWAP Public Survey on attitudes to wetlands

During April we asked people to complete a questionnaire on a range of topics relating to peoples attitudes and knowledge about  wetlands in County Monaghan, which would inform the development of the County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan. 

The infographic below shows a summary of findings from the 156 completed surveys submitted. The project team would like to thank all those who completed a survey and for the additional valuable information they provide on many wetlands in the county. 

You can download the infographic PDF here.

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FarmPEAT Project looking to recruit a Project Officer

The FarmPEAT Project is currently looking to recruit a Project Officer with an agri-environmental background. The position is based out of our midland office in Moate, County Westmeath. View the job description and instructions on how to apply on the projects website at www.farmpeat.ie.

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Restoring Monaghan's Wetlands - Free Webinar - All welcome!

During the online webinar we will:

  • outline the value of County Monaghan wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide such as carbon capture and flood control
  • hear from groups who have undertaken wetland projects
  • learn how you can help take action to protect and restore wetlands 
  • find out more about the objectives of the Monaghan Wetland Action Plan


When: Apr 27, 2021 at 19:00 on Zoom

Webinar registration: bit.ly/MWAPwebinar

We hope to see you there!

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Public survey on attitudes to wetlands in County Monaghan

The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021 aims to develop an integrated plan for the conservation of the wetland resource in County Monaghan, through co-operation and engagement with a wide range of partners and community groups. 

As part of the development of the plan the project team are asking members of the public to complete a short anonymous questionnaire on their attitudes to wetlands, how people use them and what they value about wetlands across the county. 

The survey is being undetaken on behalf of the Monaghan County Council Heritage Office (monaghan.ie/heritage) and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the National Biodiversity Action Plan. 

You can complete the survey by using this link: bit.ly/WetlandsPublicSurvey

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County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan Preliminary Scope and Methodology Report 2020

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The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021 (MWAP) aims to develop an integrated plan for the conservation of the wetland resource in County Monaghan, through co-operation and engagement with a wide range of partners and community groups. A report outlining the methodology to be used in the formulation of the MWAP has been just been published by Monaghan County Council. 

Extensive work has been undertaken over the past fifteen years in identifying and characterizing the ecological character of wetlands throughout County Monaghan. The outcome of this work has produced a valuable dataset containing information on 710 wetlands, of which 202 have been subject to field survey. This information will form the basis of a Wetland Action Plan for the county. As part of this project, those 202 sites for which standard information is available will be evaluated in relation to the provision of ecosystem services following a “Rapid Assessment of Wetland Ecosystem Services (RAWES)” approach as promoted by the Ramsar convention. This approach aims to assess the multiple benefits that wetlands provide.

Following the RAWES assessment, the project will objectively identify management, restoration and rehabilitation priorities for the wetland resource of the county to, amongst other things, improve biodiversity outcomes and climate mitigation/adaptation.

The project will help define climate action as well as management strategies, defining an action plan for wetland protection in County Monaghan.

The project will help determine whether high-carbon ecosystems should be prioritised for restoration and rehabilitation budgets over the coming years to safeguard peat carbon storage and sequestration. In the County Monaghan context, wetlands that are not peatlands may play important roles in flood mitigation and biodiversity protection and the ecosystem services on these sites will also be assessed as part of the project.

Actions will be costed as part of the plan and likely will focus on the re-wetting of drained fens and peatlands, prevention of nutrient inputs to wetlands, removal of invasive species including self-seeded conifers, awareness raising and capacity building initiatives.

A public engagement strategy will be developed and funding sources identified to ensure the wide uptake of the wetland action plan among partners and community groups, the primary beneficiaries in County Monaghan.

The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan (MAWP) project is a joint project initiative funded by Monaghan County Council, and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

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County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021 Web App

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The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021aims to develop an integrated plan for the conservation of the wetland resource in County Monaghan, through co-operation and engagement with a wide range of partners and community groups.

As part of this project, the 202 sites for which standard survey information is available thanks to past wetland surveys in the county, will be evaluated in relation to the multiple benefits (ecosystem services) that these wetlands provide. 

A web app developed as part of the Monaghan Wetland Action Plan project shows the location of these wetland across the county, and allows local groups and interested parties see the results and outcome of the project. 

The map can be viewed here: bit.ly/MonaghanWAP

The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan (MAWP) project is a joint project initiative funded by Monaghan County Council, and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

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County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021

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The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan 2020-2021aims to develop an integrated plan for the conservation of the wetland resource in County Monaghan, through co-operation and engagement with a wide range of partners and community groups. The plan is being launched to co-incide with World Wetlands Day on the 2 February. 

Extensive work has been undertaken over the past fifteen years in identifying and characterizing the ecological character of wetlands throughout County Monaghan. The outcome of this work has produced a valuable dataset containing information on 710 wetlands, of which 202 have been subject to field survey. 

This information will form the basis of a Wetland Action Plan for the county. As part of this project, the 202 sites for which standard information is available will be evaluated in relation to the multiple benefits (ecosystem services) that these wetlands provide.

The project will objectively identify management, restoration and rehabilitation priorities for the wetland resource of the county to, amongst other things, improve biodiversity outcomes and climate mitigation/adaptation.

The project will help define climate action as well as management strategies, defining an action plan for wetland protection in County Monaghan.

The project will help determine whether high-carbon ecosystems should be prioritised for restoration and rehabilitation budgets over the coming years to safeguard peat carbon storage and sequestration. In the County Monaghan context, wetlands that are not peatlands may play important roles in flood mitigation and biodiversity protection and the ecosystem services on these sites will also be assessed as part of the project.

Actions will be costed as part of the plan and likely will focus on the re-wetting of drained fens and peatlands, prevention of nutrient inputs to wetlands, removal of invasive species including self-seeded conifers, awareness raising and capacity building initiatives.

A public engagement strategy will be developed and funding sources identified to ensure the wide uptake of the wetland action plan among partners and community groups, the primary beneficiaries in County Monaghan.

The County Monaghan Wetland Action Plan (MAWP) project is a joint project initiative funded by Monaghan County Council, and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

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World Wetlands Day Competition

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The Map of Irish Wetlands and the Irish Ramsar Committee are running a photographic competition to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2021 and 50 years since the signing of the Ramsar Convention. This competition will be launched on February 2nd and photos can be submitted via the Wetland Snapshot App.

This year’s WWD theme shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss.

To get the Wetland SnapShot app use this link 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 on your device. 

So join us to celebrate World Wetlands Day and be in with a chance to win monthly and overall prizes in over 18 and under 18 age categories (Biodiversity Ireland swatch cards, OPW Heritage Cards, presentation of a framed photo of the overall winner in each age category).  

Closing date for submissions: 31 May 2021. Full competition details at: www.irishwetlands.ie

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A new report on County Longford wetlands surveyed in 2020 has been published

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This project involved a field survey of eleven freshwater wetlands in County Longford, located in the southern part of the county, with the aim of identifying the specific wetlands and ecological interest of each site. These sites had previously been identified as being of potential interest during the County Longford & Roscommon Wetland Study 2017 project. The sites were selected for survey due to the potential occurrence of notable wetland habitats. This report presents the results of the 2020 field survey and includes detailed site descriptions and habitat maps for each of the wetlands surveyed.

The survey was commissioned by Longford County Council and undertaken by ecologists with Wetland Surveys Ireland. 

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.

The main findings to emerge from the 2020 wetlands survey is the identification of a number of important wetland sites (ranging from national to high local importance),  including a turlough, a freshwater floodplain marsh, a lake, and a number of remnant raised bog sites.

The results of the 2020 field survey suggests that many important wetland sites may remain un-identified throughout county Longford and further surveys will be required to improve our knowledge of the county's wetland heritage. 

The County Longford Wetlands Field Survey 2020 was made possible through the financial support of Longford County Council and The Heritage Council. 

The County Longford Wetlands Field Survey 2020 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.

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

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