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Wetland SnapShot app wants you to submit your photos of wetlands…

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With World Wetlands Day just around the corner on Sunday 2nd February, the Map of Irish Wetlands team are asking people to help take a snapshot of their favourite wetland to include on the Map of Irish Wetlands.

The team have just launched a Wetland SnapShot app which runs on mobile devices as a well as tablets and desktop computers.

To access the app just click

The Map of Irish Wetlands shows the location and information on over 12,800 wetlands across Ireland, 4,500 of which are illustrated with a photograph. These images have been kindly submitted by individuals and local groups, who are acknowledged in the map pop up window.

There are still many wetlands without a photograph out there, and we would like to tap into the many great mobile phone photographers around the country to help us get a snap shot of these wonderful places. No matter how big or small! It’s a great opportunity for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts to put their wetland snap shot on the Map of Irish Wetlands, and help raise awareness of the beauty of wetlands

To get the Wetland SnapShot app use this link ( and run it through the browser on your phone or download the free Survey123 field app from the iOS App Store or Google Play and run it through this.

Links will guide you depending on how you want to operate the Wetland SnapShot app. If you decide to download the free Survey123 field app and run the Wetland SnapShot app through this it will always be on your phone… for that photo you would like to submit. It’s really very easy to operate

Peter Foss

All photographs published on the Map of Irish Wetlands will include a acknowledgement to the photographer, should they wish to provide their names. 

So take that snap shot of a wetland in your area… your local park… on your favourite wildlife walking route…. on your farm … or your local golf course… wherever !

Peter Foss & Patrick Crushell

Learn more:

Wetlands to visit around Ireland

Submit your photo:

Twitter: @WetlandSurveys

Raven Point, Wexford

Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.