A feasibility study on the ‘Removal and Management of the invasive species Rhododendron on a landscape level in the West of Ireland’

In Ireland one of the most serious invasive alien species posing a threat to biodiversity is rhododendron

Rhododendron poses one of the biggest threats to peatlands in the West of Ireland and can colonise habitats, causing significant problems unless properly eradicated and removed.

Under Regulation 27, EC (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011, the National Parks and Wildlife Service strives to prevent deterioration of blanket bogs, forests and heaths.

FORUM Connemara’s North Connemara Locally Led Agri-environmental Scheme (NCLLAES) funded by the Dept Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the European Innovation Partnership Programme team surveyed 10,000Ha and found 1,500Ha to be affected by invasive species (mostly rhododendron). The scheme didn’t have many farmers in the Kylemore area which is possibly the most affected area in Northwest Connemara.

In an effort to control this threat the Kylemore Abbey Trust, FORUM Connemara, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Coillte Teo have come together to create a Rhododendron Working Group which is now pursuing the possibility for funding for a major project to tackle the problem in Northwest Connemara.

Previous Rhododendron tenders via eTenders (2015 to 2021)

These tenders are closed, but worth noting that there has been some local and regional tenders for rhododendron in West of Ireland

Rhodo Control Program Mayo
This tender seeks a suitable contractor to run a community led project which aims to develop and demonstrate a rhododendron control programme for the entire Bundorragha Catchment Co Mayo

Laurel Knockma
Request for Tenders by Department of the Housing, Local Government, and Heritage (NPWS) for Cherry Laurel and Rhododendron Clearance at Knockma Wood, Castlehacket, Caherlistrane, Co. Galway.

Rhodo Connemara NPRequest for Tenders by the Department of the Housing, Local Government, and Heritage (NPWS) for Rhododendron Clearance at Connemara National Park, Letterfrack, Co. Galway.


Invasive conifer and rhododendron removal from the Slieve Beagh ASSI for the CANN project

DHLGH – NPWS – Rhododendron Connemara National Park


Rhododendron Eradication KNPRhododendron Eradication Management Killarney National Park

Rhododendron Ponticum FW
Application for Inclusion on the National Parks and Wildlife Service Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement for the Provision of Maintenance and/or Eradication of Rhododendron Ponticum

RFT Rhododendron Killarney NPRFT for Provision of Rhododendron Eradication at Killarney National Park

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