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There are a large number of organisations and individuals involved in, or with an active interest in the management of the Inch site.

  • The lough and polders are owned by Donegal Creameries plc.

  • The Office of Public Works (OPW) has responsibility to maintain drainage throughout the area.

  • Both lough and polders are covered by the Special Protection Area (SPA) designation under the EU Birds Directive.

  • The lough itself, and its surrounding marshes, is also protected by the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) designation, under the Habitats Directive.

  • The lough is leased from Donegal Creameries and managed as a Wildfowl Reserve by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht (NPWS).

  • There is a management agreement between NPWS and Donegal Creameries, covering a large acerage of the Levels which are regularly used by geese and swans.

  • BirdWatch Ireland and NPWS monitor the bird populations, through the Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS) and other counts. I-WeBS is a long term programme of monthly bird counts at wetland sites all over Ireland, co-ordinated with the parallel WeBS scheme throughout the UK. Inch Lough and Levels are counted as one of 13 sub-sites of Lough Swilly south of a line from north of Rathmullan to Buncrana.

  • Donegal County Council is constructing tourist infrastructure, funded by INTERREG, in a cross-border programme which is doing similar work on the eastern shore of Lough Foyle in Northern Ireland.

  • Other stakeholders include four local gun clubs, individuals with an interest in the local history and archaeology of the area, and a growing number of people who use the improved perimeter walkway (with associated car parks) for healthy exercise in a beautiful and interesting environment.

For further information please contact as follows:

Inch Wildfowl Reserve:

Tel: 074 93 61817