Current & Upcoming Projects

Red-throated Diver Monitoring
The Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellate) is one of the hallmark species of Glenveagh National Park. This annual project monitors the population and breeding success in northwest Donegal.

Bumblebee & Butterfly Monitoring Schemes
National Park staff undertake dedicated surveys for both Bumblebee and Butterfly species each summer. These surveys are carried out along two fixed routes, one on the Derrylahan trail, and one through the castle Gardens.
Maps of both transects are available here.

For more information on both schemes please visit the National Biodiversity Data Centre website.

Pearl Mussel Project
The Pearl Mussel Project is a pilot agri-environment programme that seeks to improve the quality of watercourses to benefit the endangered freshwater pearl mussel. It is locally adapted, results-based and focuses on the top eight freshwater pearl mussel catchments in Ireland. The majority of land comprising the catchment area for the Glaskeelan River fall within the park boundary. Park staff participate in an annual assessment, the results of which are submitted the Pearl Mussel Project.
More information on this project can be found on the Pearl Mussel Project website.

Native Woodland Scheme
Working in conjunction with Teagasc, this pilot project seeks to restore a portion of Glenveagh’s native woodland to its former extent. This will see the establishment of approximately 5 ha of native woodland species in the upper main valley of the park.

Invasive Species Management
As with other National Parks, invasive species management has become an ongoing and expensive issue. Annual works are carried out to manage the invasive Rhododendron ponticum and Prickly heath (Gaultheria mucronata).

Deer Management
With no natural predator, ever increasing numbers of Red Deer can lead to significant pressures on the sensitive woodland and peatland habitats within the park. Ongoing management of the Red Deer population is necessary to sustain a healthy and vibrant ecosystem within Glenveagh National Park.

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