LIFE05 NAT/IRL/000182

Woodland Restoration in Ireland

Nesting Blackcap

Yew Planting


Restoring Priority Woodland Habitats in Ireland

The Project:
Introduction and Objectives


Four native woodland habitat types found in Ireland - alluvial woodland, bog woodland, woodland associated with limestone pavement, and yew woodland - are recognised under the EU Habitats Directive as being critically rare. These woodlands are restricted in their distribution, not just in Ireland, but also across the entire EU. Under Annex I of the Habitats Directive, these woodlands are given "priority" status. Priority woodlands are woods of extremely high nature conservation value and provide habitat, shelter and food to many native plant and animal species. In some cases, these species are now, themselves, extremely rare and rely on priority woodland habitats to survive.

This four year project targets the restoration of 550.8 ha of these priority woodlands, which have been impacted in various ways by human activities in the past. There are nine sites included in this project, all owned and managed by Coillte. These are all designated as special areas of conservation (SAC), within the Natura 2000 network, and are located in nine different counties around Ireland.

The project is jointly funded by Coillte and the European Union LIFE-Nature programme.


This project aims to restore natural woodland habitat by removing non-native trees and invasive exotic shrubs and by reinstating natural water regimes to promote natural regeneration of the priority woodland habitat.

Specific aims are:

  • to restore habitat quality across the four priority woodland types targeted by the project
  • to enhance 550.8 ha priority woodland habitat in Ireland
  • to develop and promote woodland restoration techniques
  • to demonstrate the relevance and value of priority woodland habitats and raise public awareness

Contact Us

PR/Administrator: Breda Lyons
Phone: + 353 (0)56 7753362

Project Manager: Sean Quealy
Mobile: + 353 (0)86 2854054

Coillte acknowledges the funding received from the EU LIFE-Nature programme

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LIFE05 Project Coillte Teoranta, Riverview House, Carlow Road, Kilkenny, Ireland

Coillte, registered in Ireland 138108