Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) will be undertaking a ground-based geochemical soil survey across counties Westmeath, Roscommon, Galway and neighbouring parts of Offaly and Longford (see attached map for the survey extent) from May until late autumn, as part of the Tellus survey. The survey is a national programme to gather geochemical and geophysical data across Ireland. The soil sampling follows on from previous phases of the programme, which aims to see 50% of the country surveyed by the end of 2018.
The sampling teams, carrying identification, will work in pairs and collect soil samples using a hand auger every 4 km2. Samples will be approximately 1 kg in weight and will be taken down to a maximum depth of 50 cm. At stream sites, small bottles of water and less than 500 g of sediment will be collected. All samples will then be analysed for a range of geochemical elements. The work is being carried out by OCAE agricultural consultants, on behalf of the GSI.
We are now undertaking a communications campaign to inform people about the survey. We will be disseminating public information and informing stakeholders in the survey areas by way of press notices, local radio interviews, information flyers via An Post and social media notifications.
Please find attached an information pack about the survey, please feel free to circulate this in West Meath CoCo and we would be much obliged if you would consider putting a message on your website/social media about the work.
If you would like to know more about Tellus please see our website www.tellus.ie, and if you would like a briefing on Tellus I would be delighted to provide the same.
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 03/05/2017