Wexford Wildfowl Reserve


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Country

Ireland

Flyway

East Atlantic flyway

Initiative

WLI Europe

About

Name of organisation

Dept of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Funding support

Government Department

Number of staff

2 full time, 2 seasonal

Number of visitors per year

c. 19,000

Overall aims of the centre

Conserving waterfowl with special interest in the international protection of Greenland White-fronted Geese.
Welcoming and educating visitors on the role of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Description of the centre

The total size of the Reserve is 500 acres, or just over 200 hectares, comprising improved grassland and wetland areas. The supported species include wintering waterfowl with particular emphasis on the Greenland White-fronts, the Pale-bellied Brent geese, and the Irish Hare.
Workshops are run throughout the school year focusing on environmental awareness, living things, habitats and the role of the Centre in conserving the population of Greenland White-fronts.
During the rest of the year events are organised to tie in with particular festivals or occurrences such as Biodiversity Week and the arrival of the Greenland White-fronted Geese.
In the Centre there are permanent displays providing information on the history of the site, the Greenland White-fronted geese, other birds to be found on the Reserve and the evolution of birds.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Workshops are run throughout the school year focusing on environmental awareness, living things, habitats and the role of the Centre in conserving the population of Greenland White-fronts.
During the rest of the year events are organised to tie in with particular festivals or occurrences such as Biodiversity Week and the arrival of the Greenland White-fronted Geese.
In the Centre there are permanent displays providing information on the history of the site, the Greenland White-fronted geese, other birds to be found on the Reserve and the evolution of birds.

Top three successes

1. Successful co-operation with the landowners around the reserve in the management of the grasslands.
2. The rise of the population of Brent Geese at the Reserve from only 11 in the 1970s to over 3000 currently.
3. Continued success of the education programme with primary schools throughout the county availing of the workshops throughout the school year.

Top three challenges

1. The effects of climate change on the depression of Greenland White-front numbers.
2. Trying to minimise disturbance to the wintering Geese with relation to recreational use.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre;

Participation

Engaging young people; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Working with primary schools;  Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Health and safety

Contact

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, North Slob, Ardcavan, Wexford Y35 EY89 Ireland. Tel. +353 76 1002660 email. wwreducation@ahg.gov.ie

 

Website address:
www.wexfordwildfowlreserve.ie

Other Information:
www.facebook.com/npwswexfordwildfowlreserve

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