ReWild Wicklow launch website and Europe project

As part of National Biodiversity Week, we're very excited to announce a new website and a Europe-wide initiative called ‘Snapshot Europe!’

The website features details on all the organisation’s projects, tips and resources on rewilding and how to volunteer and donate.

One of those projects featured is an initiative called ‘Snapshot Europe.’ Launched last year, the aim is to collect wildlife camera trap data across as many sites in Europe as possible during September and October. In 2021, the UCD Wildlife Department represented Ireland in the project by placing just ten cameras across the Wicklow Mountains.

This year we are partnering with UCD Wildlife and we have just secured funding from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Local Authority Waters Programme to purchase 25 camera traps.

This will be the largest ever such camera trap monitoring project of mammals in Ireland and we are delighted to have this happen right here in Wicklow. However to access these grants, we need matched fundraising from the public.

If this interests you, you can find out more on our new website and you might consider a donation here.

This project will help establish the distribution of mammals such as red squirrels, pine marten and badgers across Wicklow. We will be sharing the images we capture on our social media channels and website during the project. As an added thank you to any person or business that sponsors a whole camera trap setup (€218), they can name the camera and all sightings on it will be reported using that name. A perfect opportunity to honour the memory of a loved one or promote a local business’s commitment to Wicklow’s wildlife.

We're also seeking landowners who have native woods on their land and would be happy to have a camera trap setup to discover what animals might be lurking there unknown. Contact us here if you or someone you know might be interested.