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Kerry Wetland Map Updated

Donard Upper Fen Kerry (KY29)

Doanrd Upper Fen, Co. Kerry (KY29)

As part of the County Kerry Wetland Survey 2015 undertaken in co-operation with Wetland Surveys Ireland aаrevised map of wetlands in the county has been produced. Information on the 10 sites surveyed in 2015 has been incorporated into theаMap of Irish Wetlands аа

The County Kerry Wetland Survey 2015 was funded by Kerry County Council.а

Some site information updates were also made to the Wetland Map for Carlow and Cavan.

The Map of Irish Wetlands now displays a total of 8,600 sites nationally.

Kerry Wetland Survey Report 2015 Published

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Following on from the 2014 Kerry Wetland Mapping project which identified many wetland in the county for which there is only limited data, a new report on wetlands in County Kerry surveyed in 2015 have just been published. The survey was commissioned by Kerry County Council and undertaken by ecologists with Wetland Surveys Ireland. The survey aimed to map the wetland habitats found on 10 sites within the county.

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 floodаprevention, provision of clean water, and carbon storage. Despite the known importance of wetlands, they continue to be threatened and damaged from activities such as drainage and infilling.

The report highlights the absence of detailed information on many sites and the urgent need for targeted field surveys to gain a better understanding of the wetlandаresource within the county and to ensure that those sites of highest importance are protected.а

The Kerry Wetland Survey 2015 is an action of the County Kerry Heritage and Biodiversity Plan. The report is available fromаCathy Fisher,аPlanning Department, Kerry County Council, Rathass, Tralee.

Wet heath re-instatement project monitored by WSI

Figure 2 Construction a

Appearance of wet heath along proposed route of under ground cable prior to commencement of works.

Figure 2 Construction b

Excavation of cable trench.

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Bog “mats” used to store surface scaws during works and prior to re-instatement.

Figure 2 Construction c

Works being undertaken on installation of underground power cable.

Appearance of re-instated scraws after underground power cable installed.

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UAV survey of underground power cable route three months after wet heath re-intstament.


Trail camera mammal movement surveys

We have recently started using a Minox trail camera toаphotograph and record mammal movement on selected sites. Animal movements are recorded on video clips and are taken both at night and during the day when the passive infrared (PIR) sensor detects motion. Results to date have been impressive.


Day time Deer observation from deciduous woodland

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Night time shot of Pine Martin from mixed deciduous oodland

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