15/04/20

Quad bikers in National Park posing a threat to mountain areas’ fragile nature and the public

  • Reckless individuals who have travelled distances are flouting the current Covid-19 restrictions as well as habitats regulations
  • Public asked to report illegal activities to the authorities

 

Groups and individuals have been observed using quads and trials bikes in the Wicklow/Dublin Mountains despite the current Covid-19 restrictions. They are travelling on fragile mountain habits, forest roads/tracks and on the public road. There is evidence that some have travelled some distance to get there. Many of these vehicles are travelling at speed, causing a safety concern to landowners, other road users and people taking exercise within their 2km radius from home.

Apart from any Covid-19 movement restriction currently in place, the use of these vehicles within the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Special Area of Conservation is an illegal activity and extremely damaging to the fragile landscapes of the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains.

Illegal quad-biking in areas of Wicklow National Park

Quad-biking has been observed in the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains

These illegal activities cause the loss of vegetation and erosion which leads to gullying, scaring of the landscape and eventual landslides. The unregulated use of these vehicles is also a concern for wildlife and livestock, interfering with breeding ground nesting birds, and disturbing groups of animals and interfering with their natural behaviour.

We remind all users of the Wicklow Mountains that the use of recreational off-road vehicles within the Special Area of Conservation is illegal under the European Communities Birds and Natural Habitats Directive and ask people to report such behaviour to the Duty Ranger of Wicklow Mountains National Park at 087 980 3899 and the Gardaí.

This activity is a scourge to upland habitats. Reports will be followed up on and perpetrators prosecuted where possible. Given the current national crisis, we would hope that the precious resources of the State are not required to deal with such avoidable behaviour.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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