Midlands Biodiversity Projects To Receive Nearly €300,000

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Nationally, €2.5 million has been allocated to biodiversity projects.

Biodiversity projects in the midlands are in line to benefit from almost €300,000 in funding.

The money, which comes from the Local Biodiversity Action Fund, will benefit 36 projects across the region.

€120,000 has been allocated to 17 projects in Offaly, which is the largest sum in the midlands.

That's followed by €90,000 in Westmeath, which will benefit 14 initiatives, and 5 projects have received a total sum of €80,000 in Laois.

Over €2.5 million has been allocated nationally.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD says:

"Given that it’s Biodiversity Week, I’m especially delighted to announce funding of over €2.5 million for 188 biodiversity projects. The Local Biodiversity Action Fund is an enormously impactful scheme that supports local authorities and communities to deliver on Ireland’s national objectives for nature, from invasive species to habitat restoration to awareness-raising to surveys and monitoring work. As more and more Biodiversity Officers join the ranks of our local authorities, I know that the benefits for nature and people that this Fund provides are only going to grow."



Pollinator Awareness Radio Ads, €6,375

Biodiversity Awareness on the Portlaoise Orbital Route, €24,089

IAS Treatment at Abbeyleix bog, €10,071

Biodiversity Enhancement at Laois Education Centre, €34,000

Biodiversity Training for Laois CoCo staff, Heritage forum & Laois Chamber, €8,500



Treatment of Himalayan Balsam in Offaly, €17,000

Riparian Zone Widening for Biodiversity Enhancement at Tullamore River, €15,050

County Swift Survey, €13,540

Hedgerow Survey, €10,200

Graveyards Grassland Enhancement Proposal, €8,500

County Tree Map Survey, €10,625

Offaly County Council Staff Biodiversity Training, €8,500

Pollinator Awareness Radio Ads, €6,375

Monitoring the Alpine newt population, €4,809

Syngefield Demesne Management, €4,250

Citizen Science and Engagement, €4,250

Treatment of Japanese Knotweed in Offaly, €4,250

River Shannon Quagga Mussel project, €4,120

Barn Owl Conservation Measures, €3,868

Geashill Community Yellow Lough Swale and SuDS Information Board, €2,337

Barn Owl Booklet, €2,303

Daingean Tidy Towns AIIP guidance, €1,275


IAS Management Plan for Belvedere House, Gardens and Park, €27,370

Wetlands Survey of 26 sites, €14,450

Waders Survey at Lough Ennell, Lough Derravaragh and Lough Owel, €11,475

Biodiversity Surveys at Culleenmore, Ranelagh, Athlone and Clonmore, €8,500

Hedgerow Survey, €7,650

Pollinator Awareness Radio Ads, €6,375

Sand Martins project, €4,420

River Shannon Quagga Mussel project, €4,119

Biodiversity Enhancement Plan at Coolure Demense, €4,080

Barn Owl Project, €2,975

Bryophytes Survey of Ardan Woods, €2,588

Barn Owl Booklet, €2,561

Biodiversity Training for Council staff and the public, €2,125

Crayfish Awareness, €1,309


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