Joe O’Brien Welcomes Local Funding for Biodiversity Projects

22nd September, 2022

  • 4 projects to receive funding in Fingal
  • Projects include restoration, invasive species management, surveys, education, and awareness projects
  • All projects support the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan, the new draft of which is currently out for public consultation

Minister Joe O’Brien has today welcomed funding for Fingal County Council to carry out biodiversity projects through the Local Biodiversity Action Fund (LBAF).

Commenting on today’s announcement, Minister O’Brien said:

“We know that communities are at the heart of biodiversity action and that’s why I’m so pleased to see this fund continue to grow and increase its impact in Fingal.

“This year, 4 projects in Fingal have received funding – they will have a real, tangible impact for nature, and couldn’t come at a more crucial time for the biodiversity of our county. The successful projects are all contributing to the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan (NBAP) and helping to advance our shared vision for nature. The new NBAP is currently out for public consultation, so it’s a great opportunity for people to have their say and help shape the future for biodiversity in Fingal and across the entire country.”

Engagement with communities and local authorities is crucial to the implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan. The LBAF scheme represents a commitment to support implementation of the Plan at community, county and regional level, and recognises the importance of the work carried out by local authorities through their biodiversity and heritage officers.

Projects approved this year include:

  • Restoration of wetland at the St Ita’s nature reserve in Portrane
  • Protection of wetland at Turvey Nature Park
  • A survey of the herring gull population in Balbriggan to better understand the ecology and movements of the species

The public consultation for Ireland’s 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan launched on September 1st and submissions are invited through  The public consultation will close on November 9th and the 4th NBAP will be published in early 2023.


Project Type Project Description 2022
Wetland Restoration Fingal County Council wishes to restore 3 acres of wetland at the St. Itas Wetlands local nature reserve near Portrane. €15,000
Wetland Protection Fingal County Council wishes to install 1.2km of post and wire fencing in the Turvey Nature Park to expand the area for grazing and reduce disturbance by dogs to wildlife in the park. The area that is to be fenced off comprises of rank grassland, wetland and bramble scrub. The Council wishes to graze these lands with native livestock breeds at a low stocking density of around 0.3LU/HA. €15,000
Biodiversity Plan Fingal County Council and the Howth Golf Club wish to prepare a Biodiversity Plan for the Howth Golf course. The Howth Golf course is surrounded by the Howth Head SAC, which has been subject to various ecological studies to date. Very little is known about the ecological value of the golf club itself and what enhancement opportunities exist that would benefit both the golf club lands and the SAC lands. €6,000
Bird Survey – Herring Gull Dr Adam Kane at UCD has secured funding through SFI for a project on the movement ecology of herring gulls in Dublin City. The aim of the project is to uncover how this contentious species uses its habitat both at natural colonies and urban nest sites. Balbriggan was not covered by the original SFI funding application and Fingal County Council wishes to expand Dr Kane’s project by adding 8no extra GPS units (UvA-BiTS) and associated equipment to his project to get a better understanding of the ecology and movements of Herring gulls in Balbriggan. €8,000