Tuesday 28 April 2015, 8 pm
This talk will look at County Meath’s heritage of flora and fauna, the most important places for nature in the county and adjoining areas, the principal threats to this heritage, and the steps that can be taken – both by public authorities and private individuals – to preserve it. It will consider the effects of such pressures as changing agricultural practice, road and urban development and water pollution on biodiversity, and will suggest ways in which we can enhance our natural environment for the benefit of both people and nature.
Peter, who has worked throughout his career as a civil servant in a number of Government Departments, recently retired as Assistant Director in the National Parks and Wildlife Division of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, where he developed policy and framed legislation to protect Ireland’s natural heritage. He has dealt with the European Commission on issues regarding Ireland’s implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives. Peter studied science in Trinity College Dublin, majoring in botany. He has both a deep interest in and wide knowledge of current issues in nature conservation and sustainable development in Ireland and internationally.