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Create a Haven for Wildlife

Download an illustrated guide written by Juanita Browne,
with tips on how to look after wildlife in your garden.
This Guide was produced by Local Authority Heritage Officers across Ireland,
with help from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Heritage Council.
Hardcopies are available from the Heritage Office: Heritage@westmeathcoco.ie 087 6074496

Gardening For Biodiversity

Gardening For Biodiversity (5,433kB)


How to build nest boxes for birds and bats?

Are you feeling creative? Would you like to do your bit to help birds and bats by providing safe nesting sites.
How to guides have been prepared by BirdWatch Ireland for bird boxes, barn owl boxes and bat boxes

80 x 60  Making a Bird Nest Box  (181 kB)


80 x 60  Making a Barn Owl Box  (512 kB)


80 x 60 Making a Bat Box (528 kB)


Focus on Hedgerows

A newspaper article on the biodiversity and heritage value of our native hedgerows.

Hedgerow_Icon Focus on Hedgerows (369kB)

Focus on Wetlands

A newspaper article focusing on the importance of Westmeath’s wetland habitats.

Wetlands_Icon Focus on Wetlands (294kB)

Focus on Woodlands

A news paper article which looked at the loss of woodland habitat and its impact on certain mammal species.

Woodlands_Icon Focus on Woodlands (219kB)

Focus on Pollinators

An article raising awareness to the importance of our native pollinators and the ecosystem services they provide.

Pollinators_Icon Focus on Pollinators (182kB)

Focus on Citizen Science

An article which looks at the role that amateur or “citizen scientists” can play in recording biodiversity.

Citizen Science_Icon Focus on Citizen Science (178kB)

Focus on Badgers and Bovine TB

An article looking at Badgers and Bovine TB and the measures currently used to try and control the spread of the disease.

Badgers_TB_Icon Focus on Badger & Bovine TB (297kB)