Browse through some of the projects previously funded through our various grants schemes.
Bat Conservation Ireland: BATLAS 2020
BATLAS 2020 is a three year programme (2016-2018) which will survey the bat population throughout Ireland, at eight survey points in every 10 km squared. It’s a mammoth task which will involve over 150 volunteers, recording the presence or absence of common pipistrelle, soprano pilistrelle, Leisler’s bats and the Daubenton bat. The plan is to update and improve on the data collected in BATLAS 2010, carried out ten years ago.
Birdwatch Ireland Swift Conservation
Birdwatch Ireland trains teams of swift conservation volunteers – many of whom belong to Tidy Town groups and other community initiatives – to protect swift nesting sites as part of the Swift Conservation programme. There are between 500-600 volunteers in up to 50 community groups throughout Ireland. Read More
The Baltray Little Terns Conservation Scheme
Little terns are one of Ireland’s rarest breeding sea birds. Volunteers from the Louth Nature Trust spend up to 100 hours each season, protecting the nesting sites of Little Terns on a 1.5 km area of Baltray beach in County Louth. The beach is one of the sites that these summer migrants return to each year.
Mulranney Environmental Group Habitat Mapping and Biodiversity Action Plan
The Habitat Mapping and Biodiversity Action Plan project sets out to map 1,750 hectares, taking in the Nephin Mountain range and the Corraun peninsula. The landscape ranges from uplands to coastal areas, mature woodlands and wetlands. The Mulranney Environmental Group is hoping that the area will become a place for high nature value farming.
Irish Peatland Conservation Council Bog Restoration and Management
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) is enhancing the breeding habitat of the beautiful golden brown patterned Marsh Fritillary butterfly at its site on Lullymore West Bog, County Kildare. The cutaway bog which was donated to the IPCC by Bord na Mona, is now regenerating into a species rich grassland and moorland with a range of habitats.
Merlin Park Woods Heritage Conservation and Woodland Coppicing Research 2017
Merlin Park Woods, on the eastern side of Galway City is the largest and oldest urban woodland in the city. In recent times, nineteen butterfly species, five bat species, red squirrels and short-eared owls have all been identified in the woods. The community group, Friends of Merlin Park is actively campaigning to generate greater interest and understanding of the rich biodiversity of what is the city’s least used park. In 2017 the community group are holding workshops in woodland coppicing and stone wall restoration.