By Dan Walsh
Coinciding with National Biodiversity Week, the Leas-Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Garry Laffan, this morning announced the launch of Rewilding Wexford, a programme of activities to combat climate change and the Rewilding Wexford project will contribute to this vital work.
Cllr Laffan told WexfordLocal.com; “It gives me great hope today to officially launch Rewilding Wexford. The inclusion of new sites as identified biodiversity habitats will support native species of flora and fauna in their local area which over time will allow them to become firmly re-established. This is just one of many projects in support of the Wexford County Biodiversity Action Plan and it will mean a great deal to the future of the county.”
The project will help to fulfil Wexford County Council’s objectives as set out in the Wexford County Biodiversity Plan, the Corporate Plan and the Climate Change Adaption Plan. The project will also help fulfil national policy objectives including the National Biodiversity Action Plan, All Ireland Pollinator Plan and UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Rewilding Wexford has identified sites for development as biodiversity habitats. In simple terms the objective will be to encourage and actively promote the evolution of these sites as natural habitats, to allow the native life to flourish. This has been hampered in recent years with modern agricultural practices which can inadvertently create environments which are difficult for pollinators and fauna to survive and thrive in. The Rewilding sites will provide islands of natural flora which will assist in combating this phenomenon.
Rewilding Wexford is currently working with Manus Crowley of Enfor Ltd to create 20.83 acres of native woodlands on Council owned lands, with Wex Bee Aware creating pollinator friendly sites and promoting a number of wetland sites with 50 acres of unmanaged rewilding area designated to the project.