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Ecological Surveys

​Waterways Ireland has conducts ecological surveys of flora and fauna along the waterways in keeping with the Heritage Plan. You can find these surveys below.

In line with the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 – 2014 and the associated obligations placed on public authorities  Waterways Ireland is required to publish information on access to information on the environment on our website. To access any of the below surveys please click on the cover image or the title. 


Dublin Canals


Ecological Survey of the Grand and Royal Canals in Dublin (2011)

Ecological Assessment: Survey of the Grand Canal from Ringsend to Clondalkin, Co. Dublin (2018) 






Barrow Navigation


Ecological Survey of the Barrow Navigation between Athy, Co. Kildare and St. Mullins, Co. Carlow (2012)


Ecological Survey of the Grand Canal Barrow Line (2014)


Grand Canal


Ecological Survey of the Grand Canal - County Offaly (2015) 


Ecological Survey of the Grand Canal - Edenderry Branch (2014)



Ecological Survey of the Grand Canal Main Line (Kildare - Dublin) (2014)


Ecological Survey of the Grand Canal - Naas Corbally Branch (2014)


Ecological Survey of the Grand Canal - Miltown Feeder (2014)


Ecological Survey of the Grand Canal- Kilbeggan (2013)



Royal Canal


Ecological Survey of the Royal Canal and the Lough Owel Feeder (2014)


Ecological Survey of the Royal Canal Between Saunders Bridge and the R Boyne (2011)


Ecological Survey of the Royal Canal between Kilashee and Clondra along the Longford Branch (2012)

Orchid/Species-rich Grassland Management Plan - Footy's Bridge, Royal Canal, Co. Westmeath (2010)



Shannon Erne Waterway


Ecological Survey of the Shannon Erne Waterway - River Shannon Confluence to Lough Scur (2015)


Ecological Survey of the Shannon Erne Waterway - Lough Scur to Aghoo Bridge (2016)


Ecological Survey of the Shannon Erne Waterway - Aghoo Lock (Lock 4) to Garadice Lough (2015)


Ecological Survey of the Shannon Erne Waterway - Garadice Lough to Ballyconnell (2016)


Ecological Survey of the Shannon Erne Waterway - Ballyconnell to Lough Erne (2015)


AIE (Access to Information on the Environment)

In line with the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 – 2014 and the associated obligations placed on public authorities  Waterways Ireland is required to publish information on access to information on the environment on our website.

To view details on these regulations click here. 

 In January 2014, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government requested returns of AIE statistics from public authorities who are subject to the AIE Regulations. Our AIE Statistics can be viewed by clicking the links below.

AIE Statistics 2016

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