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Wicklow Mountains National Park

Conservation Management

The following are the main conservation management initiatives within the Park:

Bog Restoration

Drain blocking has been carried out on Liffey Head Bog, in an effort to halt drainage of the bog system. Ditches were initially dug when the bog was earmarked for exploitation prior to its inclusion into the Park. Further work is planned.

Erosion control

There is an ongoing programme of path maintenance/restoration in order to minimise damage to adjacent sensitive habitats. The Wicklow Way, a way-marked long-distance walking route, and other popular walking routes through the Park have been prioritised for such work. Approximately 5,000m of wooden boardwalk were constructed at a number of locations; Lugduff (or Spink), Mullacor, White Hill and Djouce Mountain. Boardwalk was used extensively prior to 2002, as this was the most appropriate method for remedial works on blanket bog. Most of the works done since 2002 have been over mineral site types, so different techniques were adopted. A monitoring and maintenance programme has been put in place for these and construction is ongoing.

Deer & Goat Management

A programme of deer and goat census counts and culling is ongoing in order to keep populations at sustainable levels. Culled deer are sent to an EU approved processing facility where they are tested for TB and other diseases on an ongoing basis.

Woodland Management

Clearance of invasive species, namely rhododendron and laurel, has been undertaken in semi-natural woodlands. Young non-native conifers are also removed from such habitats.

Reinstatement of native tree species into areas of clear-felled conifer plantation (approx. 40ha) is being carried out at Derrybawn, Glendalough. This work will continue at other locations, such as in Barravore Valley, as areas of clear-fell become available to the National Park. Additional associated works at Derrybawn include fencing to exclude deer, goats and sheep.

Species Conservation

Nest boxes have been installed at various locations for Goosander and their population is now increasing. An area of heath near Djouce Mt. is being actively managed to increase the Red Grouse population. Breeding pairs of Peregrine Falcon and Merlin are monitored annually.

Grazing Impact Assessment

The impacts of grazing on commonage areas have been assessed by the Commonage Framework Planning Project. Grazing impact assessments have also been carried out for most of the non-commonage areas of the Park. The findings of these assessments are reflected in the management strategies and zoning sections of the Park Management Plan 2005-2009.

Aerial Monitoring
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Threatened Species

For more on the threatened species of plants and animals in the Park see our page on Threatened Species