WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THIS METHODOLOGY?
Úna Fitzpatrick

The primary advantages of this methodology are its objectiveness, its reliance on publically available data held independently by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, and the external review of local IPA’s selected (to be formalised). The selection of each tetrad is based on either the presence of a single legally protected species (Flora Protection Order), or on a list of clearly defined species of importance that were present from 2000 onwards. This facilitates the assessment of development impacts within individual tetrads, and also allows changes to be easily monitored within IPAs in County Waterford into the future.