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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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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  • Author(s): The Heritage Council
Bird Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings

Bird Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The Heritage Council has prepared guidance that surveyors must follow when undertaking bird surveys under the REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant scheme. This is to ensure that the survey is undertaken in line with current best practice, and that the works are designed in such a way as not to impact upon the protected wildlife.

Many traditional farm buildings may be home to nesting birds. As these are protected by law, buildings in receipt of a REPS 4

Traditional Farm Buildings Grant may require a bat and/ or bird survey before any works commence.

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A Guide to Habitats in Ireland

A Guide to Habitats in Ireland

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

To date the absence of a common standard has meant that agencies and individuals have been unable to provide data that was consistent or complementary. Such consistency in the work of habitat classification is recognised as following best practice.

The standard can also make a particularly important contribution in informing the development of programmes arising from major policy initiatives such as the National Development Plan, heritage plans and in the preparation of environmental impact statements for use in the planning proposals.

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  • Author(s): This guide provides a standard scheme for describing habitats in Ireland.
Forestry & the National Heritage: A Review of the Heritage Council's Forestry Policy 2008

Forestry & the National Heritage: A Review of the Heritage Council's Forestry Policy 2008

Climate Change and Renewable Energy Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This review of Heritage Council forest policy was carried out by a team of six foresters and ecologists at the request of Woodlands of Ireland. The review was carried out by collating and analysing published, grey, and oral information relevant to forest management in Ireland.

The emphasis of the study was on science-based knowledge, but the team also drew on its considerable collective experience of working in the forestry sector. Submissions were sought from all interested parties, and a public meeting was held to present draft conclusions followed by a discussion.

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  • Author(s): Sasha Bosbeer, Huw Denman, Jerry Hawe, David Hickie, Paddy Purser and Patrick Walsh
Ireland's Coastline Seaweed

Ireland's Coastline Seaweed

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity Underwater & Maritime Heritage /

Seaweed is gathered as food, processed and used as fertiliser, forms an ingredient in many cosmetics and spa treatments, and is the subject of biotechnological and pharmaceutical research. This poster/publication explores the contemporary and historical uses of seaweed, the role of seaweed in biodiversity and provides references for further information.

Seaweed is one of Ireland’s least-used resources. As an island with a 7,000 kilometre coastline, located in the warm and fertile waters of the Gulf Stream, we have an abundance of many
different kinds of seaweed. Although we currently use only a small fraction of Irish seaweed, this situation is changing. 

Attention is turning to the sea as a source of food, energy, and raw material for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Ireland’s interesting history of harvesting seaweed is about to
begin a new chapter.

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Bat Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme

Bat Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

Guidelines for the surveying of bats within heritage structures.

These guidelines have been developed for Ecological Consultants to standardise both the methodology for survey of structures within the Heritage Council’s Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme and the reporting of same. In developing these guidelines, we have drawn on a wide range of expertise and believe that the advice given is the best that is currently available. Bat surveys submitted to the building owner and the Heritage Council must adhere to these guidelines in order to satisfy grant requirements under the Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme.

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  • Author(s): Tina Aughney, Conor Kelleher & Donna Mullen
Towpaths for the Future: Seminar Proceedings

Towpaths for the Future: Seminar Proceedings

Heritage Tourism & Recreation Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The Heritage Council hosted a seminar on the use of towpaths on 20th June 2007. The purpose of

this seminar was to stimulate debate and ideas about the potential of Ireland’s towpaths, including maintenance paths on river navigations, and to examine their economic, recreational, tourism, and heritage potential. The proceedings of the seminar are provided in this publication.

The speakers examined the uses made of towpaths in the UK and in Ireland. Topics included the example of the regeneration of the Thames Navigation, the economic value of towpath activities, walking for health, access for all, anti-social behaviour, and current and future activities on towpaths in Ireland. It is hoped that, by presenting a range of experiences from these islands, new ideas may be stimulated for existing and future navigations in Ireland.

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Evaluation of Waterways Corridor Studies (2002-2005)

Evaluation of Waterways Corridor Studies (2002-2005)

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

Evaluation of the five waterway corridor studies that the Heritage Council had carried out between 2002 and 2005.

In 2007, the Heritage Council commissioned an evaluation of the five waterways corridor studies it has carried out to date. The studies cover the entire length of the Shannon Navigation and sections of the Grand and Royal Canals. The studies document in detail the special heritage and socio-economic aspects of the waterway corridor, and propose policies and actions through which sustainable development can be achieved.

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  • Author(s): David Hickie, Charles Stanley-Smith and Mide Gerrard
Farmland Habitats

Farmland Habitats

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This booklet highlights the positive relationship between agriculture and heritage.

Many of the 100,000 or so farmers that work the land in Ireland provide positive management of our natural heritage, and are vital for the maintenance of our diverse landscape. This booklet highlights the many positive relationships between agriculture and heritage, and will make a valuable contribution to how we view the role of farmers as custodians of the Irish countryside.

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