Celebrating Leitrim’s Wetland Wealth

Celebrating County Leitrim's Wetland Wealth’ has been launched and aims to celebrate our wetlands in Leitrim and to raise awareness and improve understanding of the role of wetlands in our lives as a natural asset benefitting everyone.

This booklet was informed by a survey of wetlands in County Leitrim which was commissioned by Leitrim County Council and undertaken by Wetland Surveys Ireland and Foss Environmental Consulting. The survey aimed to identify all wetland areas in the county to better inform land use planning and sustainable development strategies for the county. This study found that larger lakes, blanket bog and wet heath areas dominated the northern half of the county, with smaller raised bogs and other discrete wetland sites occurring more frequently in the southern half. It is estimated that 23.5% of county Leitrim is covered in wetlands with a total surface area of approximately 375km2.

Wetland is a collective term for ecosystems (habitats and their species) whose formation has been influenced by water, and whose processes, characteristics and associated plants and animal are largely controlled by water. Due to the varying topography, geology, hydrology, climate, and soils present, County Leitrim has wetland habitats ranging from raised and blanket bogs, fens, marshes, rivers and associated floodplains, lakes, springs, turloughs, and wet woodlands.

Visit  http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/Community-Culture/Heritage/Publications/Celebrating-County-Leitrim-s-Wetland-Wealth.html to view both the Celebrating Leitrim’s Wetland Wealth booklet and the full County Leitrim Wetland Survey report.

To receive a free hard copy of the Celebrating Leitrim’s Wetland Wealth booklet contact Sarah Malone, Heritage Officer, Leitrim County Council: smalone@leitrimcoco.ie

The County Leitrim Wetland Survey 2019 was made possible through the financial support of Leitrim County Council and The Heritage Council and is an action of the County Leitrim Heritage Plan 2020-2025.

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