The catchments of the Iveragh peninsula are home to countless species, including the iconic Sea trout and salmon, freshwater pearl mussels and sea eagles.

The peninsula itself is surrounded by designated areas of conservation including: Special Areas of Conservation and Special areas of protection, Nature reserves, Marine Protected areas and Natural Heritage areas.

These include:

• Valentia Harbour/Portmagee channel SAC
• Killarney National Park, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Caragh River Catchment SAC
• Drongawn Lough SAC
• Lough Yganavan and Lough Nambrackdarrig SAC
• Blackwater River (Kerry) SAC
• Ballinskelligs Bay and Inny Estuary SAC
• Old Domestic Building, Askive Wood SAC
• Knockroe Bog Natural Heritage Area
• Deenish Island and Scariff Island SPA
• Skelligs SPA
• Iveragh Peninsula SPA
• Puffin Island SPA
• Eirk Bog SPA
• Kenmare Bay MPA

(details on the individual designated areas can be found at

Increasing human pressures on our lakes, rivers, streams and coastal waters are impacting upon our vulnerable native wildlife and fish stocks. Even minor changes to the natural habitat can have a dramatic effect on our native species. Healthy vibrant rivers and lakes, supporting healthy fish populations, not only provide opportunities for relaxation in a natural environment and give people a profound sense of wellbeing, but they also underpin a greater biodiversity.

Here at the Waterville lakes and rivers trust we feel lucky to have such a diverse and healthy landscape on our doorstep and are committed to conserving its natural beauty and working towards restoring areas of decreased health to previous states.
We are currently running several conservation programmes, focused mainly on the Coomeragh catchment in Waterville and aiming to expand this into the adjacent Inny catchment in the coming year and throughout the peninsula in the future.

If you would like to know more about our conservation projects or get involved with work in your area please contact the trust via the contact us page.