Kilkenny’s Wetlands (World Wetlands Day, 2022)
County Kilkenny’s wetlands are special. They provide us with water, are home to wildlife, and help slow down flooding and climate impacts. Globally, wetlands are under threat and need to be managed wisely.
Kilkenny has over 250 wetland sites according to a survey commissioned by the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council in 2020, 45 of which have now been surveyed. See Wetland Surveys Ireland Map. The surveys were co-funded by the Heritage Council under the County Heritage Plan Programme, and they will provide baseline information to help monitor changes and will inform policies and actions for their protection.
We have a wide variety of wetland types in Kilkenny, including raised bogs, turloughs, fens, marshes, rivers, floodplains, lakes, springs, and wet woodlands. The tidal sections of the Rivers Barrow, Nore and Suir in the southern part of the county also contain some marine wetland habitats.
Why not explore some of Kilkenny’s wetlands?