The IWT manages a network of reserves around the country that it aspires to expand in order to protect more and more of Ireland’s wildlife and their habitats. The latest addition to our reserves network is Golashane Farm, a small farm in North County Meath managed primarily for wildlife, acting as a biodiversity source and sanctuary in the local landscape. Newcastle Lake is a privately owned wildlife sanctuary in Co. Meath and a operational farm with a beautiful secluded lake supporting a diversity of native waterfowl. Our other reserves include two wet grassland sites, Port Bán in the Toon Valley near Macroom, Co. Cork, and Bullock Island in the Shannon Callows. The Shannon Callowsis a unique area flooded annually by the river Shannon and important for many native bird species such as Lapwing and Corncrake. The IWT also owns a bogland reserve at Lough Boora, Co. Offaly.
The IWT is currently compiling new operational habitat management plans for each site. From these plans the IWT will carry out suitable works to maintain and enhance biodiversity in these areas. Keep and eye on our events page for dates when practical conservation work will be carried out.