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Matthews Welcomes Scheme to Ensure Ireland’s Natural History is Recorded

Green TD Steven Matthews has welcomed the continuation of the grant scheme aimed at ensuring Ireland’s natural history is captured and recorded. This scheme, provided by the Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, will issue grants up to €5,000 to eligible projects in Wicklow and across the country.

Speaking after the announcement of the grant scheme, Deputy Matthews said:

“I am delighted that this very important scheme has been renewed for another year. This scheme will help historians recording in Ireland to maintain and enhance their expertise in species identification, and to develop the next generation of natural history recorders. Ireland has a long tradition of natural history recording, and this activity is recognised as vital in maintaining the quality of information on Ireland’s native species and natural and semi-natural habitats. We in Wicklow are so fortunate to be surrounded by the most incredible and historic natural habitats and landmarks, it is vital that we do all we can to study and protect them.

“Around Wicklow, I have seen first-hand some great work done in local communities through this scheme and I’m proud that we are supporting these specialist recorders with these grants. I hope, given the increased time people have spent engaging with nature over recent years that more environmentalists and historians will apply for this funding and join this vibrant network. I would like to invite all nature enthusiasts in Wicklow to apply for this scheme before the 31st of March deadline,” Deputy Matthews concluded.


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