The wilderness region of the west of Ireland is a prime wildlife conservation area, considered to be important on a European as well as Irish level. The legal basis on which special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are selected and designated is the EU Habitats Directive, transposed into Irish law in the as amended in 1998 and 2005.
The Directive lists certain habitats and species that must be protected within SACs. Irish habitats include raised bogs, blanket bogs, turloughs, sand dunes, machair (flat sandy plains on the north and west coasts), heaths, lakes, rivers, woodlands, estuaries and sea inlets. The 25 Irish species which must be afforded protection include Salmon, Otter, Freshwater Pearl Mussel, Bottlenose Dolphin and Killarney Fern.
Ireland Wild Escapes is in the process currently establishing another voice for conservation in the form of ‘The Connemarian’. ‘The Connemarian’ is a charity that works for a better world for ALL water, land and air wildlife for the benefit of Ireland’s organisms. This will be achieved by the creation and implementation of a successful economy based on the primary industry of conserving flora and fauna wildlife and their environments.
Ireland Wild Escapes will contribute a portion of each of their packages sold to ‘The Connemarian’ to assist with the conservation efforts in the region.