Conserving Bats

Conserving Bats

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

A guide for Local Authorities and others on the conservation of bats.

This guide provides information on the nine species of bats found in Ireland, where they can be found and measures that can be taken during construction works to protect them.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Development of a Car Survey Monitoring Protocall for Ireland

Development of a Car Survey Monitoring Protocall for Ireland

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The Heritage Council asked the Bat Conservation Trust to develop and evaluate a novel bat detector-based monitoring project for Ireland.

Fifteen volunteers surveyed eight survey routes, five of which were repeated. Volunteers contributed 85 hours on the survey. The mean number of encounter rates (per km) for each species/species group were: common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) = 1.94, soprano pipistrelle (P. pygmaeus) = 0.75, Leisler’s bat (Nyctalus leisleri) = 0.46 and Myotis sp = 0.06.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Dr Colin Catto, Dr Jon Russ, Steve Langton
Review of the CAP Rural Development Plan 2000-2006

Review of the CAP Rural Development Plan 2000-2006

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This report, prepared by the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism was written at a time of great change in the agricultural sector. A mid-term review of the CAP was underway and Ireland's REPS was also being fully reviewed.

The report examined in particular the impact of agriculture on aspects of our natural heritage. It expresses the positive view that certain types of agricultural activity should be more valued because of their tremendous contribution to maintaining diversity within the nation's natural heritage. 

The report goes on to point out that in many instances it is these very activities and the habitats they maintain which are threatened by competition from other land uses.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): D.Gwyn, L. Jones, Eric Bignal, Liam Lysaght, David Baldock and Jim Phelan
Irish Water (As Gaeilge)

Irish Water (As Gaeilge)

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The Water Framework Directive came into force on 22 December 2002 and covers water resources throughout the EU. It addresses all water, from groundwater to coastal areas of sea water, and gives us a framework for

dealing with both water quality and water quantity.

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Irish Water

Irish Water

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This document outlines the threats to Irish water quality - in our rivers, lakes, seas. It suggests ways that we can better manage our water and outlines the aims of the Water Framework Directive (2002).

The Water Framework Directive came into force on 22 December 2002 and covers water resources throughout the EU. It addresses all water, from groundwater to coastal areas of sea water, and gives us a framework for dealing with both water quality and water quantity.

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Recommendations for the Establishment of a Biological Records Centre

Recommendations for the Establishment of a Biological Records Centre

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The recommendations contained in this policy paper set out how a National Biological Records Centre could be established, and identifies the resources needed.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre was established subsequent to the publication of this paper. The centre ensures that the existing information is managed effectively, it makes information more readily available to all interested parties, and stimulates interest in Ireland’s rich natural heritage.

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Guidelines for the Production of Local Biodiversity Action Plans (Draft)

Guidelines for the Production of Local Biodiversity Action Plans (Draft)

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This guidance document is intended to assist Local Authorities in the preparation of a Local Biodiversity Action Plan and to provide background information on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

The preparation of a Local Biodiversity Action Plan is part of an overall process that the government initiated to address heritage concerns and to fulfill international obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Local Biodiversity Action Plans are required under the National Biodiversity Plan which was adopted by Government in 2002. These guidelines were prepared by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in co-operation with the Heritage Council.

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Bere Island Conservation Plan

Bere Island Conservation Plan

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity Underwater & Maritime Heritage /

This Conservation Plan  for  Bere Island  addresses  both  heritage  conservation  and  the sustainable development of the island, taking into account the environmental, social and economic aspects of future

developments.

The Plan was developed by  the  Bere  Island  Community  with  assistance  from  a  consortium  of  specialist consultants and co-funded by Cork County Council and the Heritage Council. It is  not  an  economic  development  plan  for  the  island  but  a  framework  within which any subsequent development plan should operate.

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Review Interated Coastal Zone Management

Review Interated Coastal Zone Management

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity Underwater & Maritime Heritage /

The Heritage Council commissioned the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre in Cork to carry out a review of best practice in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) at a national and international scale.

The aim of the report is to:

  • Providing a succinct review of best practice procedures for ICZM.
  • Summarising the findings of those practices most commonly used at different levels of administration and those that seemed to be more site/area specific.

Common principles were identified from international projects, particularly the EU Demonstration projects, including the Bantry Bay Charter. Examination of the Irish experience of ICZM formed a substantial section of the research. Techniques in the implementation of the ICZM and mechanisms to engage the public and other involved agencies are also reviewed.

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Policy Paper on Forestry & the National Heritage

Policy Paper on Forestry & the National Heritage

Climate Change and Renewable Energy Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The recommendations in this report seek to ensure the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage within the context of the Heritage Council's Strategic Plan.

Forestry has considerable potential to enhance Ireland’s biological and landscape diversity, offering aesthetic and amenity benefits while safeguarding our existing heritage and providing real economic benefit to local communities. However, it also has the potential to cause considerable damage to Ireland’s heritage.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council