Recreational Use of Towpaths

Recreational Use of Towpaths

Heritage Tourism & Recreation Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This report is published by the Heritage Council in response to a need that was identified by the Council’s Standing Committee on Inland Waterways. The purpose is to provide guidance and hopefully inspiration on best practice to those who are involved in the development of waterway towpaths for recreation.

Ireland has a vast network of river and canal towpaths. No longer used for their original purpose, they nevertheless provide a range of opportunities for city and rural dwellers, for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the natural and built heritage of our

waterways for recreation and exercise.

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Working with Biodiversity - The Law & You

Working with Biodiversity - The Law & You

Education & Training Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This publication is designed to guide you in the main aspects of the laws relating to biodiversity. It also provides contact details for people who can provide advice on projects which involve working with biodiversity. It is up to the individual to ensure that their actions comply with all relevant laws.

The legislation is not in place to present an obstacle to those who wish to carry out positive projects in their community,
but is there to protect the environment that supports the community. In this way, it can be used as a positive tool by communities that want to raise awareness of their local environment, especially where it may be more appropriate to leave a habitat alone.

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Landscape Character Assessment in Ireland: Baseline Audit & Assessment Update 2009

Landscape Character Assessment in Ireland: Baseline Audit & Assessment Update 2009

Landscapes /

The aim of this report is to provide a factual update of research set out in Section 3 of the 2006 Baseline Report.

Minogue and Associates were commissioned by the Heritage Council to update the LCA Baseline Audit and Evaluation report published in 2006.The same full and detailed review, consultation and analysis undertaken for the Baseline Report has not been undertaken for this research.

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Heritage Outlook Winter 2009-Spring 2010

Heritage Outlook Winter 2009-Spring 2010

General /

Magazine of the Heritage Council: winter 2009. Main Feature- A Green Field is a blank canvas, The Media and Ireland's attitude to heritage. 

Features - A Green Field is a blank canvas, The Media and Ireland's attitude to heritage, Nature or nuisance - Ireland's relationship with the natural world and Basking Sharks - Tracking the great fish of the sun.

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The Irish Landscape 2009 Conference Papers

The Irish Landscape 2009 Conference Papers

Landscapes /

This conference and the papers presented in this publication examine how we might do better and best manage, conserve and plan for our landscape in the future. 

The diversity and style of the papers reflect the experience and interests of the authors and similarly serve to highlight that landscape is dynamic and changing in response to natural and cultural causes.

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Birds, Bats, Buildings and You

Birds, Bats, Buildings and You

General Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

A leaflet explaining the importance of our buildings for bats and birds.

Building owners are the guardians of many bats and nesting birds.This publication is not intended to be exhaustive guidance if you are planning works on your building, but to deepen our understanding of how important buildings are for bats and birds.

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Heritage Outlook: Summer/ Autumn 2009

Heritage Outlook: Summer/ Autumn 2009

General /

Quarterly magazine of the Heritage Council featuring news, events, opportunities and heritage features.

In this issue:


CELEBRATING BIODIVERSITY WEEK 2009 Orchids, Waders and Wild Goats
CLIMATE CHANGE New research anticipates the impact on heritage and tourism
IRISH ART Adding to our collection of treasures
REUSING ABBEYLEIX MARKET HOUSE • LOOKING AFTER LANDSCAPES • HERITAGE EVENTS

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