Press Release: Conservation Works at Derryclare Nature Reserve

Conservation Works at Derryclare Nature Reserve

National Parks and Wildlife Service, Western Division, complete Conservation Fencing Works at Derryclare Nature Reserve, Co. Galway

Minister of State, Malcolm Noonan with responsibility for National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing Local Government and Heritage welcomes the recent completion of fencing works at Derryclare Nature Reserve, Recess, Co. Galway.

Derryclare is a State owned Nature Reserve of 19ha comprising important habitats of old sessile oak woodland, Derryclare Lake shore and peatland areas. The Nature Reserve is encircled by Derryclare lake and Coillte Teoranta coniferous plantations and NPWS is responsible for the sites conservation and visitor management.

In recent times, there has been a threat to the native woodland from overgrazing by wild deer and trespassing sheep leading to a denuded ground layer of vegetation with no natural woodland regeneration which is vital to any healthy woodland ecosystem.

Local contractor, Martin McDonagh Plant Hire, Recess, Co. Galway was successful in the procurement process for the Fencing Contract and recently completed the approx. 2,500 metres of fencing to a high standard despite challenging weather and ecologically sensitive terrain. The erection of this fence will allow sessile oak and other native seedlings to survive and flourish and regenerate the wood naturally over time.

Minister Noonan added that the completion of this and other projects undertaken by NPWS on heritage sites across the country under the Governments July Stimulus Package demonstrates commitment to the conservation and management of these important sites to enable the public to enjoy them and also provides an important support mechanism and financial stimulus to local contractors in this most difficult of years.

Minister Noonan concluded NPWS is also currently undertaking an ongoing program of invasive species, Rhododenderon ponticum, control works, within Connemara National Park near Kylemore by the successful Contractor, Farm Relief Services.

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