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A method for evaluating wetlands — a case study on the Finn river catchment, County Monaghan, Ireland

N. D. Lockhart


When assessing the conservation value of ecological resources there is usually concensus in delimiting areas of outstanding national or international interest. Such sites include the Burren for its flora or Newgrange for its archaeological remains. Difficulties are encountered, however, when evaluating the relative merits of regionally or locally important sites, especially where there may be several more or less similar examples to be considered and where financial constraints limit the number of sites that can be acquired. This paper presents a simple, explicit site evaluation procedure for identifying representative priority sites. A vegetation survey of the wetlands in the Finn river catchment. County Monaghan, is used to exemplify the method but the procedure could have wider applications in the field of regional planning.

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