The Area Within the INTERREG IVA area, fieldwork in Ireland will largely be carried out in Waterford but will also involve Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Wexford, Dublin and Wicklow. In Wales, fieldwork will be throughout the INTERREG IVA region.

What we’re doing and how you can help! Survey work  in Ireland will involve monitoring different mammals including otters, pine martens, bats and squirrels. Monitoring in Wales will include some mammals absent in Ireland such as polecats, weasels, harvest mice and dormice. Survey methods include:
  • Scat/spraint collections
  • Hair-tube surveys
  • Small mammal feeding stations

DNA analysis at Waterford Institute of Technology DNA techniques developed at WIT will be used to provide species identification from collected samples. Further analysis on some species (such as pine martens, otters and squirrels) will provide information such as population size and structure, gender assignment and genetic diversity of the species. Prey analysis will also be used to identify small mammals from scats. This information will subsequently be used to identify potential threats and to advise conservation strategies. Volunteers will get feedback from this analysis on samples collected during surveys.

For more information, please download our brochure.
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