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.

Goosander Nestbox Scheme

Following on from the successful work by our colleagues in Wicklow Mountains National Park, GNP is in the process of implementing our own Goosander (Mergus merganser) nestbox scheme. This scheme aims to support the small breeding population of this tree-nesting species in 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.

Glenveagh Native Woodland Strategy

At present Glenveagh has in development a Woodland Management Strategy for the park. This long-term strategy aims to provide a pathway to improving both woodland quality and structure, as well as returning the woodlands of the site to their natural range and extent.

Pilot Native Woodland Scheme

Glenveagh’s Pilot Native Woodland Scheme, working with the Forestry Service, has explored opportunities to reestablish native woodland species on some of the more marginal lands within what is considered the historic extent of the woodlands here. While this project’s initial phase has been concluded, subsequent phases will examine the potential for natural woodland regeneration within this study area.

Scots Pine Ex-situ Conservation

The National Park has in development a Scots Pine Ex-situ Conservation Collection project. This project, which will see the planting of up to 2,000 native scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) seedlings, is one of the initial steps in the development of an acorn-to-tree approach to woodland conservation management within 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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