Howth is a paradise for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts with its stunning scenery, plants and birds. The Fingal County Council is preparing a nature conservation plan for Howth Head to ensure the protection of the many rare plants and animals that can be found here.

One of the key threats to the rare Atlantic Heathland found on Howth are the Rhodondron shrubs that have spread from the gardens at the Deerpark Hotel. Local volunteers have cleared over 60 acres of heathland of this invasive species.

There is also a lot of work underway to make Howth Head more accessible so that more people can enjoy this beautiful part of Dublin. The County Council is working together with a local volunteer group from Howth - Howth Pathways - and in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, to re-open some of the traditional walking routes which traverse the head of Howth. Howth Pathways meet every couple of weeks and have the admirable task of clearing the gorse, heather and rhododendron which can make these ancient paths impassable. Walks must be maintained and with many more paths in the planning, there is always more work to be done.

If you are interested in becoming involved please contact Howth Pathways by e-mail or Kevin Rickard at 087 931 6645.

For more information on these projects please contact the Biodiversity Officer.
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