Woodlawn Woods is a commercial forestry plantation of Sitka Spruce and Japanese Larch. The forest managers, Coillte are mindful of the biodiversity present and ensure the enhancement of nature in its the management. This means that if any sensitive habitats are encountered, they will be retained and protected. Also Coillte foresters will make sure to leave unplanted areas beside rivers and roads in order to preserve water quality and allow areas where native plants and trees can grow.
This management approach provides the avid nature watcher with plentiful opportunities to see and hear a rich flora and fauna in Woodlawn Woods. A selection of native trees present are Oak, Birch, Hazel, Alder and Ash. A wonderful mature stand of broad leaf beech trees is located just inside the forestry gates at the entrance near Woodlawn Train Station. The trees in turn provide food and shelter for a range of birds and mammals.
The nature trail notice board was erected 16th November 2016 by Woodlawn Heritage Group in partnership with Coillte and Galway County Council (Agenda 21 funding), providing visitors with information about the biodiversity present. A local artist, Carrie O’ Sullivan has provided the wonderful illustrations that you will see both on the notice board and throughout our website.