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The Biodiversity Plan for Offaly is incorporated into the Offaly Heritage Plan 2017-21

The Biodiversity Action Strategy for Offaly - by John Feehan for Offaly County Council was adopted in 2005. Actions for biodiversity are included in the Offaly Heritage Plan as this covers natural and built heritage.

County Offaly, State of the Wild, 2007 compiled by John Feehan states the 2007 lists the knowledge about each taxonomical group in the county - A hard copy is available free from the Heritage Office . The National Biodiversity Data Centre now collates records and can be searched for the status of species in Offaly - see

List and Description of Natural Heritage Sources for County Offaly, Stephen Heery, 2020. Please email the heritage office if you know of a study not listed here.

The All Ireland Pollinator Plan provides guidelines and advice see

Gardening for Biodiversity has a tremendouse range of ideas presented in an engaging booklet which can be downloaded or a copy can be requested from  or you can download a copy Gardening for Biodiversity by Juanita Brown

Reports Commissioned

Articles of Offaly Interest

Birds in Central Ireland by Stephen Heery produced for the Midland Tribune 2019

Useful Publications

wildflowers of offaly

Author: John Feehan

Published by: Offaly County Council 2009
Available From: Bookshops via Mercier Press. Currently in stock in Midlands Books, Balcony Books, Allways Outdoor 

Shop, Tullamore. Birr Castle Demesne Shop or on line

Price: €40 RRP

'A revelation of Offaly's wildflower beauty and diversity by one of Ireland's top ecologists and communicators of nature. His up-close-and-personal portraits give each plant a vivid and distinctive presence, aided by superlative illustrations - another landmark in books about our countryside.' Michael Viney

For sample double spreads see Bog Rosemary and Honeysuckle

For more information click here.