Aquatic Plant Project

Aquatic Plant Project – Ireland

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are funding the BSBI in Ireland to run an ‘Aquatic Plant Project’.

We are going to have more than 20 days of educational fun over the summer.


Chris Preston will take a couple days of recording and training.

Cilian Roden will run a couple of training days looking at all aquatic species.

Lynda Weekes ran a day for beginners - read about it here.

Nick Stewart will take 18 days of recording and training.

Dates and venues for August:

In August there will be nine days of field-based identification training and recording on aquatic plants - all are welcome to join, from beginners to experienced botanists. The days will be led by Nick Stewart and run approximately 10 am to 4 pm, with an option to stay later for those who wish to continue recording. We will meet at a central location, then explore various sites each day to learn identification and record what we find. Dates and meeting points are as follows:

  • 18 August: Co. Roscommon
    Meet at the east end of Roosky Bridge (N054869, Lat 53.831752 Long -7.9187192)
  • 19 August: Co. Cavan
    Meet at Dernaferst Bridge (N288898, Lat 53.857042 Long 7.5630123)
  • 20 August: Co. Longford
    Meet at Lough Gouna, Ballinulty Lower (N297855, Lat 53.818355 Long -7.54974)
  • 21 August: Co. Westmeath
    Meet at Grand Canal on Ballynacarrig Bridge (N305592, Lat. 53.581996 Long -7.5401837)
  • 22 August: Co. Westmeath
    Meet at main square of Castlepollard outside church (N465702, Lat 53.679659 Long -7.2969559)
  • 23 August: Co. Laois
    Meet at Vicarstown Bridge where R427 crosses Grand Canal (N614004, Lat 53.051578 Long -7.0838974)
  • 24&25 August: Co. Carlow
    Meet at carpark near Milford Bridge, west side of Barrow (S697705, Lat 52.781299 Long -6.9676504)
  • 26 Aug: Co Wicklow Pollaphuca Reservoir, Blessington. Meet in car park at end of lane (O001153, Lat. 53.179651, Long. -6.5021041).

For more details about the training days with Nick Stewart, and to book your space, please use this Google form.

Still to come in September:

Thanks to additional funding from CEDaR, we'll be running a week of aquatics days in Northern Ireland in September. Click here for the dates and booking form.

For more information contact:

Paul Green

Tel: 087 7782496


Find out more about botany in Ireland - field meetings, local group activity, the Rough Crew etc. - on this page.