Biodiversity – short for biological diversity, is a term used to describe the variety of all life forms on Earth, from the tiniest bugs living in the soil, to the butterflies in your garden, the plants they feed from, and the biggest whales in the sea. The different aspects of biodiversity have a very strong influence on each other.  An ecosystem includes all of the living things (plants, animals and organisms) in a given area, interacting with each other, and also with their non-living environments (weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, atmosphere).

Ireland’s biodiversity stems in large part from the exceptional diversity of its geology – the bedrock that underlies the landscape. This has shaped our landscape with its mountains, rivers and very varied coastline. As a result of this variety, we have an exceptional diversity of habitats, given the size of the island. The second factor influencing our diversity is our mild, moist climate which allows unusual combinations of plants and animals to survive.

As our network of trails range from coastal to woodland, we are fortunate to have a great variety of biodiversity. In developing this biodiversity page, it is our intention, on an ongoing basis, to gather information on the range of biodiversity which exists on the trails in our network. This page illustrates the range of biodiversity available on our network of trails as a whole. If you would like to see the biodiversity on a particular trail, please visit the individual trail’s page.

We would also like to engage with those who walk our trails. We would ask walkers to assist in developing this bank of information by getting in touch if you see something unusual or indeed if you have any biodiversity related observations:

We would like to acknowledge support and funding received under the Agenda 21 scheme which enabled us to compile the biodiversity information and photographs contained on this page and individual trail pages.

Wildflowers on Wexford Walking Trail

 A comprehensive database of Irish Wildflowers can be found at

Lichens & Fungi on Wexford Walking Trail


A comprehensive database of Irish Lichens can be found at

This is only a snapshot of some of the flora and fauna you may spot on a walk through the Wexford landscape. Please bear with us while we build a comprehensive database of the rich and varied wildlife found on the many diverse trails that are part of Wexford Walking Trail.



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Wonderful to see #TheNormanWay launched yesterday at Our Lady's Island by Minister Patrick O'Donovan. The Norman Way is a member of #WexfordTrails and a very welcome addition to the existing: Wexford Craft Trail, Wexford Garden Trail, Wexford Heritage Trail and Wexford Walking Trail network. A great atmosphere fueled by sunshine, the backdrop of a Norman Castle, music, song and dance, with hospitality provided by local volunteers, out in the open overlooking a lake - what more could you ask for. Congratulations to all involved! Ireland's Ancient East Visit Wexford Tintern Trails
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Enniscorthy Riverside trail - located on the banks of the River Slaney in the historic town of Enniscorthy. The trail starts along the promenade walk and brings you along through meadow plains with an array of biodiversity. Keep an eye out for Brownswood House, home of renowned architect Eileen Gray on the opposite bank of the river. For a casual meander or a brisk walk, morning or evening, this is a great trail to take!
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Take time out to enjoy the Courtown Woodland trails. You have a choice of 4 trails: the River Walk, Canal Walk, Top Walk and High Cross - each with its own distinct character. Keep an eye out for the Cedar of Lebanon, a tree lined avenue, the High Cross of Kilbride and a viaduct which was once the tallest in Ireland. You can start your walk beside the entrance to the Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre - don't try do them all in the one day - they're well worth revisiting. You can always relax afterwards on the nearby beach or enjoy refreshments in local cafe/restaurants. #northwexford Visit Wexford
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**Please Note: Tide times vary around the county, please check locally for correct times at your location**