Major Geological Survey ‘Takes Off’ in Counties Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath
– Tellus North Midland aircraft begins its first flight on Friday 19th September
– Livestock owners alerted to potential impact of low-flying aircraft
The airborne phase of a major geological survey, Tellus North Midlands, will begin on Friday 19th September in Counties Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath.
Two small aircrafts, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, will survey these counties over the next three months (weather permitting). The aircrafts, which will be based at Knock Airport, Co. Mayo, will fly at an altitude of 90 metres (approx. eleven times the height of a two-storey house) over rural areas and this will increase to 240 metres as it flies over towns and more densely populated areas.
Due to the low flying altitude of the aircrafts, the Tellus North Midlands project, which is being conducted by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and is government funded by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, is asking livestock owners to get in touch if they have any concerns.
Ray Scanlon, Principal Geologist at the Geological Survey of Ireland, commented,
“Tellus North Midlands is working in full cooperation with the Irish Aviation Authority and the flight plans are strictly regulated. The sound of the plane overhead is similar to that of a passing lorry and could disturb sensitive livestock such as horses, poultry, pedigree cattle and deer if they are outdoors. We are therefore keen for any animal owners or concerned parties to contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss any issues and together take action if necessary.”
If you are have any questions or concerns about the Tellus North Midlands survey, particularly if you own sensitive livestock, you can contact our Freephone information line on 1800 303 516 or visit www.tellus.ie
The aircraft will begin flying east to west in long lines covering Counties Roscommon, Longford and Westmeath and then will concentrate on large lakes including Lough Ree, Ennel and Owel, to ensure the flight path does not coincide with migrating birds.
The survey will play a vital role in the collection and analysis of scientific data on soils and rocks. Ultimately the survey data collected will be made freely available to members of the public and the information gathered could be used to enable better environmental management, enhance agricultural productivity and better assess radon risk – all highly relevant in terms economic and environmental impact.
For further information please contact Seona McGrath/Clare Daly/Kerri Smith at Morrow Communications on 04890 393837.
Notes to Editors
- The Geological Survey of Ireland, founded in 1845, is the National Earth Science Agency. It is responsible for providing geological advice and information, and for the acquisition of data for this purpose. GSI produces a range of products including maps, reports and databases and acts as a knowledge centre and project partner in all aspects of Irish geology. GSI is a division of the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR). www.gsi.ie.
- Since 2007, over 25,000 km2 of the island of Ireland has been surveyed through the Tellus and Tellus Border projects which mapped the geology of Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland. Outputs from the new phase of the project will be merged with existing data to make seamless maps which will be available free of charge online to all.
- The cross-border Tellus Border project was funded by the INTERREG IVA development programme of the European Regional Development Fund, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Tellus Border was managed by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Geological Survey of Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast and Dundalk Institute of Technology. Outputs from Tellus Border, including data to view and download, programme reports and research reports are available online, free of charge, at www.tellusborder.eu.
- ‘Tellus’ was the Roman goddess of the earth, also called Terra Mater.