National Parks & Wildlife Service
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is fully integrated in the Heritage Division of the Department and has responsibility for the protection and conservation of Ireland’s natural heritage and biodiversity at national government level. The responsibilities of the NPWS include:
- Protection of habitats and species through the promotion of activities considered beneficial to their conservation and restoration.
- Administering a licensing system to regulate and control activities that impact on habitats or species in Ireland.
- Raising awareness about our natural heritage through education and information dissemination. Examples include the Notice Nature Campaign and the NPWS Education and Visitor Centres located at several protected sites around the country.
- To create and maintain a comprehensive inventory of species and habitats in Ireland.
- To undertake scientific surveys and research, and compile monitoring data, to assist in the provision of specialist advice in relation to public policy, designations, and the protection and management of wildlife habitats and species.
- The implementation of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Plan.
- The implementation of EU legislation and policies and the ratification and implementation of international conventions and agreements relating to the natural heritage.
- To consider and advise on development proposals that may impact on nature conservation.
- To manage, maintain and develop Ireland’s National Parks and Nature Reserves.
- To support the independently chaired Peatlands Council.
Further details and information on the above functions, together with current research projects, scientific publications, legislation, public consultations & notices are available on the dedicated website of the NPWS. We can also be contacted via email or by telephone (see Contact List below).