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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Biodiversity plan is launched

THE LAUNCH of the first draft of County Wexford's new Biodiversity Action Plan took place at the County Council offices on Friday. .

The plan has been prepared jointly by the Planning and Environment Sections of Wexford County Council and was adopted as a Draft by the members of the Council on March 12. The purpose of the plan is to provide a framework for the conservation, management and enhancement of biodiversity in the county over the next five years.

Wexford is fortunate enough to be home to range of rare and valuable wildlife habitats ranging from sand dunes and salt marshes along the coast to blanket bog and heath in the uplands. These beautiful habitats, and the interesting species of plants, animals, fish, insects and birds that call them home, are responsible for attracting many visitors to Wexford every year and it is therefore of the utmost importance that these habitats be maintained.

Chairman of Wexford County Council, Oliver Walsh said: 'Along with the people of County Wexford, our natural heritage is one of our greatest assets. The focus of this Biodiversity Plan is on all sectors of the community working together to raise awareness of our treasured natural heritage and to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of the County.'

The Biodiversity Working Group, comprising of various sectoral representatives and local experts, was instrumental in devising the 33 actions of the plan through facilitated workshops and translating the national priorities down to a local level. The group has assisted in identifying locally important habitats and species and reviewing the biological data for the county, and going forward they will remain an important partner in the implementation of the actions of the plan.

The views of all members of the community are important in putting together the final version of the County Wexford Biodiversity Action Plan and submissions should be made in writing by Friday 29 June 2012 to the following: Biodiversity Plan, Forward Planning Section, Wexford County Council, County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford, or by email to forwardplanning@wexfordcoco.ie

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