Native Woodlands of County Donegal Book Launch

A new book by Seán Ó Gaoithín is launched today titled “Coillte Dúchasacha Chontae Dhún na nGall” or “Native Woodlands of County Donegal”. The book addresses Ireland’s native woodland history focusing on County Donegal, its placenames, native tree species and native woodland locations across the county. Read the back cover synopsis on this rich addition to the literature on Ireland’s native woodlands. The production of the book was supported by the ‘Local Biodiversity Action Fund’ of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, in association with the Heritage Office of Donegal County Council. Native Woodlands of County Donegal is available in all libraries in county Donegal as well from Donegal bookshops and at Glenveagh while stocks last. Every county should have their own version of it.

“The ‘Woodstory’ of our woodlands will always hold cultural values as well as ecological values. Our native woodlands reflect the activities of our ancestors tracing the cultural and natural history of this land over thousands of years. This book celebrates the native woodland biodiversity of County Donegal, a study supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service and Donegal County Council. It offers fresh insight into the history of our woodlands and recent native woodland conservation developments. It profiles Donegal’s woodland trees and 28 woodland locations highlighting those open to the public at Glenveagh, Rathmullan, Ballyarr, Ardnamona, Duntally, Ards and Drumboe. Seán Ó Gaoithín is Horticultural Foreperson at Glenveagh National Park.”


The Ancient Woodlands of Glenveagh

The book follows on from Seáns last publication “The Ancient Woodlands of Glenveagh” from 2021 which addresses the recorded folk, cultural and natural history of the woodlands of Glenveagh. The booklet was published by Glenveagh National Park and supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service. Download a copy of “The Ancient Woodlands of Glenveagh” in PDF format from NPWS by clicking the highlighted text or on the image below.




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