Behind the Beach - A Biodiversity Awareness Programme at Brittas Bay

Brittas Bay
Richard Nairn:

*** Update Jan 2024 Sea Buckthorn removal, volunteer event taking place Sat 27th Jan 10 am to 1 pm. Meet @ South Beach Car Park. All welcome, e mail to register or for any queries.

A biodiversity awareness programme called ‘Behind the Beach’ was initiated by the Heritage Office in 2022 and a programme of public events has been hosted in 2022 & 2023.    This series of free outdoor public workshops and activities aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the rich ecology of our coastal areas and to highlight the vital role that  healthy dune systems play as a tool to address climate change.

Focussing on the Council owned lands at Brittas Bay, this programme complements the ongoing conservation work underway by Wicklow County Council at this important coastal location, and will be an opportunity to delve behind the popular beaches, explore wildlife, pick up some new field ecology skills and participate in hands-on conservation work. The programme is co-funded by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Wicklow County Council through the National Biodiversity Action Plan Fund.

Topics / Themes of our outdoor events to date:

  • Innvasive Species control
  • Butterfly Recording
  • Dune Dynamics
  • Bird Workshop
  • Behind the Beach Clean Up
  • Bird Migration
  • Coastal Ecology

Further details about the 2024 events programme to follow.

This outreach programme is part of a wider evidence based programme,  a  conservation management plan produced by ALC Nature on behalf of Wicklow County Council and in association with NPWS in 2019. Conservation measures undertaken to date have included the creation of grazing and trial mowing plots, fencing , the introduction of grazers,  the control of sea buckthorn,  botanical, butterfly and bird monitoring. Brittas Bay is part of the larger Buckroney Brittas SAC, read more about the NATURA conservation objectives on NPWS website  HERE


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