Survey Details - Suircan: Invasive Plant Species Mapping & Mitigation on the River Suir
Suircan: Invasive Plant Species Mapping & Mitigation on the River Suir
To map the distribution of Giant Hogweed, Himalaya balsam, and Japanese Knotweed along the River Suir and its tributaries by using Citizen Scientists
2022
2022
There have been several known pockets of infestation of these three target species in specific locations along the River Suir, however, the extent of the distribution and abundance were not known in many of the river tributaries and further upstream from Clonmel. The project aimed to gather data on where these plants have spread and if possible remove them.
Citizen Scientists initially attended a Zoom presentation given by Dr Eithne Davis from ATU on the importance of mapping invasive species in Ireland, The volunteers also attended a workshop led by the project manager Dr Aoife Egan, invasive species specialist Dr Eithne Davis and key members from the local environmental group Suircan. The volunteers were shown hands-on how to identify the three target species, and how to remove Giant Hogweed with appropriate PPE and Himalayan balsam. They were also shown how to reliably record this information.
The survey covered the areas of Tipperary and Waterford by the River Suir and some of its tributaries.
Early May to late August 2022
The Citizen Scientists were trained by an invasive plant specialist, they attended online and in-person training and were shown in person what the plants looked like and their key identifiable features. They were given colour handouts on the three species of interest and they sent the project manager a photograph accompanying each of the GPS locations and descriptions for verification.
Contact Dr Aoife Egan at riversuirproject@gmail.com for any queries on the information.
Collated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre from different sources, National Invasive Species Database, Survey: Suircan: Invasive Plant Species Mapping & Mitigation on the River Suir, National Biodiversity Data Centre, Ireland, accessed 01 March 2024, <https://maps.biodiversityireland.ie/Dataset/66/Survey/1405>
Survey Statistics
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Survey species distribution

Terrestrial Map - 10km

Distribution of the number of species recorded within each 10km grid square (ITM).
Live Map

Marine Map - 50Km

Distribution of the number of species recorded within each 50km grid square (WGS84).
Live Map
Survey records distribution

Terrestrial Map - 10km

Distribution of the number of records within each 10km grid square (ITM).
Live Map

Marine Map - 50Km

Distribution of the number of records within each 50km grid square (WGS84).
Live Map
Records per year
Species per year