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Studies and Reports

List and Description of Natural Heritage Sources for County Offaly, Stephen Heery, 2023. Please email the heritage office,, if you know of a study not listed here.

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

  • Saving Swifts by BirdWatch Ireland – Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht
  • Birds in Central Ireland – Mid Shannon Bird Reports covering four year periods – copies available from
  • Conserving Hedgerows, a Heritage Council supported publication – email for a copy.
  • Conserving Bats A Heritage Council supported publication – email for a copy.
  • Conserving and Enhancing Wildlife in Town and Villages A Heritage Council supported publication – email for a copy
  • John Feehan wrote a very comprehensive publication the Bogs of Ireland. This is now out of print but CD copies can be obtained for €10.00 by emailing Bernard Kay at

Author: John Feehan, published by: Offaly County Council 2009.
Available From: Bookshops via Mercier Press. Currently in stock in Midlands Books, Balcony Books, Always Outdoor Shop, Tullamore. Birr Castle Demesne Shop.

“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.”