Going Wild in Roscommon! Two New Publications Launched
Two new Roscommon Biodiversity Publications launched during National Biodiversity Week. The process of writing Nature and Wildlife in Roscommon: Action for Biodiversity started back in 2007 when Dr. Karina Dingerkus of Giorria Environmental Services was commissioned by the Heritage Council and funded by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, to prepare a Biodiversity Action Plan for County Roscommon. As part of that process actions for Biodiversity were identified. These were incorporated in to the County Roscommon Heritage Plan 2012-2016. "Producing new awareness raising publications such as the two we are launching today are biodiversity actions from the Heritage Plan" said Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer, Roscommon County Council.
Nature and Wildlife in Roscommon sets out what biodiversity is, why it is important, the goods and services provided by biodiversity, problems for biodiversity, the role of Roscommon County Council in relation to biodiversity and the mechanisms for protecting biodiversity in Ireland. The publication also looks at the different habitats found in Co. Roscommon and highlights their value for biodiversity – such as farmland, rivers lakes and wet places, turloughs, peatlands, eskers, grasslands, trees woodlands and hedgerows as well as habitats found under our noses in our towns and villages.It also highlights special plants and animals found in Co. Roscommon and suggests ways you can get involved to help protect and care for our biodiversity.
‘When public consultation was carried out back in 2007 people were asked to say where there were good areas for wildlife in their locality. The answers we got have been included in Nature and Wildlife in Roscommon under the heading ‘Going Wild in Roscomon: Roscomon’s Monthly Biodiversity Challenge’. To make the most of that idea, Roscommon County Council has produced a poster which can be printed separately from the rest of the publication. We hope it will be useful during the different seasons of the year as a suggestion to get out and about and enjoy the wonderful nature and wildlife that is all around us here in Co. Roscommon’ added Nollaig Feeney.