This week the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) have submitted an official complaint to the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Donegal County Council regarding evidence of illegal dumping and mechanical turf extraction observed in Glenveagh National Park in County Donegal.
This comes after last weekend when a huge quantity of builder’s rubble was seen, located in a smaller woodland near the main entrance of the National Park. The IWT have also stated that asbestos was believed to be found along a bog track in the park, posing as a hazard for park users.
Additionally, the IWT have stated that mechanical turf extraction by means of machinery known as ‘sausage-machines’ was evident in large areas of the National Park, illegally as it against the National Peatland Strategy.
The below image is an example of a ‘sausage-machine’ in use.
The IWT have stated that corpses of dead animals could be observed alongside new ‘turf banks’ that had been made – inside a wider Special Area of Conservation (SPA)’. This is highly enraging and is absolutely not acceptable as it is also going against national policy and is deemed to be illegal on many grounds.