This GIS dataset holds positive records from the National Hare Survey of Ireland 2006/2007. The survey was carried out for the National Parks and Wildlife Service in order to report on the current and historical status of hares and to formulate recommendations for monitoring. Data were also gathered for sightings of rabbits and foxes. Observations for these species and other non-targeted species are included in this dataset.

The survey report has been published as Irish Wildlife Manual No.30 on the NPWS website. The Irish hare is listed in Annex V of the EU Habitats Directive, and results of the survey were used in the Article 17 Conservation Status Assessments for the species.

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Theme Environment
Date dataset released 2008-01-01
Date dataset updated 2017-08-03
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Rights notes ['http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/', 'Copyright Government of Ireland. This dataset was created by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/', 'otherRestrictions', 'Copyright Government of Ireland. This dataset was created by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/', 'otherRestrictions']
Update frequency Never
Language English
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-10.0, 51.76674],[-10.0, 55.5], [-6.0, 55.5], [-6.0, 51.76674], [-10.0, 51.76674]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) TM75 / Irish Grid (EPSG:29903)
Vertical Extent {"maxVerticalExtent": "1014", "verticalDomainName": null, "minVerticalExtent": "0"}
Provenance information The fieldwork for the National Hare Survey of Ireland 2006/2007 involved night-time spotlight surveys at pre-determined points along 1 km transects throughout the country. Forty survey teams surveyed - where possible - the most south-westerly 1km2 Irish grid square in each 10km Irish grid square. Surveys were conducted during winter (January-March) when ground vegetation was minimal, maximising the detectability of animals. Over both survey years a total of 691 out of 833 (c. 83.0%) of the 10km Irish grid squares in the Republic of Ireland were successfully surveyed for hares. For a detailed description of the applied survey methodology, see Irish Wildlife Manual No. 30, p. 27 ff. The survey was conducted by National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff and ecologists from Queen’s University Belfast. Survey records were supplied to NPWS in MS Excel .xls format, and positive records were uploaded into the NPWS Species database. Spot-checks of record locations against discovery series mapping were carried out prior to the upload, and Recorder 6 validation rules applied. The records were then exported from the Species database as a polygon shapefile showing squares, with the side lengths of the squares corresponding to the precision in which the records were provided.