Clondalkin Park

Clondalkin Park Survey and Action Plan

By the Irish Wildlife Trust

In April 2013, Clondalkin Tidy Towns requested Dr. Rosaleen Dwyer, Heritage Officer with South Dublin County Council to approach the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) to assess the biodiversity value of Clondalkin Park, Dublin 22 and to produce a report outlining findings and recommendations. Although overall the park is an open grassland area used by the public principally for leisure and sporting activities, the River Camac, with its associated riparian woodland and vegetation, acts as a bio‐diverse and important centre piece.

Striking a balance between the needs of the public and wildlife can be difficult to achieve due to limited funding and resources and clashing of different interests. However, small and manageable changes can yield considerable benefits to the public and wildlife, enabling areas such as Clondalkin Park to fulfil its role as a public amenity while acting as an area where biodiversity can survive and flourish. With our population becoming ever more urbanised and removed from contact with the natural world, promotion of biodiversity at all levels can help restore the balance between the urban and rural worlds, benefitting urban dwellers, particularly young people.

Clondalkin Park, like most urban green areas and parks, suffers from a certain degree of anti‐social behaviour in the form of vandalism, littering, illegal dumping and congregating of young people with little to occupy their time. These activities deter the public from utilising certain areas of the park and may result in management being unwilling to invest in facilities and upkeep in the park. It should be noted however that overall levels of such behaviour are quite low in Clondalkin Park and that it certainly is an area with great public amenity and biodiversity potential.

The IWT carried out a flora and avian survey in June with a mammal survey, including bats, carried out in July. Recommendations regarding current and future wildlife issues and concerns were presented in the attached report.