Conducted by the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI), the Tellus survey collects geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland.
The latest phase of the survey will involve teams of two collecting soil samples across parts of Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Dublin, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford, Tipperary, Roscommon, Galway and Mayo. There are a total of 890 sites across Ireland to be sampled from the 30th July until the end of September 2019, with sampling beginning in the east of the country.
The samples will be analysed allowing the Geological Survey to make new comprehensive geological maps and helping to assess the health of the environment, soil nutrients and trace elements. Regional variations in soil properties that can affect soil fertility and grass yields will be ascertained from the results, especially beneficial for the local agricultural communities. The information gathered by the survey will be made freely available to all, via www.tellus.ie.
As it is vital to raise public awareness of the project, particularly amongst farmers and landowners, the Tellus team is delivering an ongoing communications campaign across the region to ensure all stakeholders are informed.
If you have any concerns about the survey, you can contact the Tellus Freephone information line on 1800 45 55 65 or visit www.tellus.ie. You can also follow Tellus on twitter, @TellusGSI
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 16/08/2019