Wetlands Field Survey

In 2020 Blackthorn Ecology was engaged to survey 12 of the sites that were identified as wetlands of County Value in the desktop study. Field survey was funded by NPWS, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, under their National Biodiversity Action Plan Grant Scheme, with support from Westmeath County Council. Of the 12 sites surveyed, four were considered to be of County/National Value for Biodiversity, two of County Value and one was confirmed to be an extinct wetland (no wetland habitat remaining). Interestingly, new populations of two rare plant species were found at two sites. The species in question are round-leaved wintergreen and varnished hook moss. Both of these species are considered Near Threatened in Ireland.