Natural Heritage

The elected members of Louth County Council endorsed a new Local Biodiversity Action Plan for the county, covering the period 2021 to 2026 on 18th January 2021 (see the plan here). This plan aims not only to protect Louth's existing biodiversity but to enhance and restore it wherever possible. Biodiversity needs to be conserved and restored not just in designated sites but throughout the countryside. Louth County Council has organised several surveys of wetlands and a sample survey of hedgerows, which found that Louth had a higher density of hedgerows than any other county then surveyed. Surveys have found that Louth has around 300 wetland sites, quite a surprise for a small county on the dry, eastern coast. Louth has a single, high, upland area and generally very good farmland. It is probably unsurprising that Louth has the lowest percentage of tree cover of any county in the State. The top biodiversity resource in Louth is the county's long and low-lying coast, which is of international importance for wildlife. Louth is exceptionally lucky in having such a rich wildlife resource on its doorstep and it is to be hoped that the county can benefit from this fortunate location.

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Louth County Council has recently (July 2021) signed up to be a Council Partner of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. See here for details.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Map

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is the government agency responsible for identifying, designating and protecting wildlife, including sites important for wildlife conservation. You can see a list of all designated sites in Louth here. You can view all designated sites on a map, the NPWS Designations Viewer, here

Protected areas