Heritage Services

County Heritage Services Content

All heritage is local, particularly natural heritage, and local communities are the ultimate custodians of that heritage. The survival of our heritage often depends on action at the local level.

Biodiversity Officers

The Biodiversity Officer role within Local Authorities can broadly be described as protecting, managing and enhancing the local environment by promoting awareness and understanding of the natural environment among the general public and integrating biodiversity with planning, development and management. Further information on the work they do can be found on the websites of the relevant Local Authority. A list of the Biodiversity Officers supported by the Heritage Council is provided below (updated June 2012):

Clare County Council
New Road
Co. Clare
065 6846459        

Mary Toomey
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
County Hall
Dún Laoghaire
County Dublin


Hans Visser

Fingal County Hall
Main Street
Co. Dublin
01 8905605
01 8905010

Elaine O’Riordan

People and Nature Project Officer
Galway County
Applied Ecology Unit
Dept. of Microbiology
NUI Galway
091 493863