Q: What species of seals do we have in Ireland? A: While there are 33…
FROM CLOUDY MOUNTAINS AND FARMLANDS TO URBAN DRAINS, ALL WATER LEADS TO THE SEA!
Following the overwhelming success of our pilot restoration project in Courtown Woods last winter (2018), Seal Rescue Ireland has decided to significantly upscale our proactive conservation efforts. By collaborating with Wexford Co. Council, local farmers, fisheries and all members of the community, we aim to help restore the water catchment area for the benefit of all!
Our volunteers have planted 1,900 trees in February and March of 2020!
How, you ask? By planting strategically located native trees!
Did you know that 80% of Ireland used to be covered in native woodland. These days “including all hedgerows, motorway plantations and birch monocultures, less than 2% of the State [Ireland] is covered in native trees” (1)
“In 2012, 53% of suspected cases of pollution in rivers were attributed to agriculture… Among farms selected for inspection based on risk, over 30% each year were found to have breached these [good agricultural practices] regulations”-EPA.
We are utilising an internationally successful, native, riparian restoration model similar to the model below. This model will, in time, protect the Courtown Harbour water catchment from urban & agricultural run-off, with a vast gamut of other benefits to the local environment and socio-economic status of Co. Wexford.
If you would like to get involved or would like more information about this restoration project, please email our Outreach & Development Manager.
We’re well on our way to planting 25,000 native Irish trees.
From just €5.00 you can help us plant certified, native, deciduous trees in our Watershed. This will help us:
You’ll be updated when your trees have been planted, so that you can visit them and hopefully one day you’ll sit in their shade with the badgers and foxes.