This project which commenced in 2021, examines the concept of “Ancientness” using cryptogamic botany* information to complement extant data in Irish Woodlands, and involves an experimental approach to induction training of the 2 staff members of Woodlands of Ireland, by Howard Fox and Maria Cullen.
This was an ambitious undertaking to visit and collect data in 16 listed potential ancient woodland sites in counties Donegal, Mayo and Clare. See https://data.gov.ie/dataset/ancient-and-long-established-woodland-inventory-2010 for further details of the listing.
A summary of the results of the project has been made available to the Heritage Council.
All records of data on species and habitats gathered in the project field work will be submitted to the National Biodiversity Data Centre, for the purposes of becoming available on public record.
Development of a format for induction level training is continuing.
A Woodlands of Ireland Information Note will be compiled in due course.
We will post further updates on the project as they become available