The wild west is about to get wilder

Coillte and the National Parks & Wildlife Service have teamed up to 'rewild' 11,000 hectares of north-west Mayo, writes Briana Palma.

13th April, 2013
Rugged landscape: Hikers Ernie Sweeney and Fintan Staunton from Castlebar, Co Mayo, with Denis Strong, wilderness project manager, on the Bangor Trail. Photo: Keith Heneghan

The west of Ireland is already known for its wild landscapes and weather, but one part of the Nephin Beg range is about to get even wilder thanks to an initiative being undertaken and funded by state forestry company Coillte and the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Last month, the two organisations announced plans for Ireland's first rewilding project and the dedication of 11,000 hectares in north-west Mayo for this purpose. The venture, entitled Wild...

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