Leave No Trace Ireland

Leave No Trace

Enjoy Ireland’s Outdoors - Leave No Trace

Leave no Trace Ireland seeks to educate and challenge the Irish public and visitors on how and why to minimise their environmental impacts while enjoying natural and cultural heritage areas. The Leave no Trace programme's effectiveness lies in the universality of it's message. We take a proven and focused programme to a wide audience, running outreach for environmental awareness and stewardship.

Everyone is welcome to join our mission whether they be outdoor enthusiasts, land managers, other non profit organisations or commercial partners. Become a supporter of Leave No Trace today.

Learn how to minimise your environmental impact while enjoying natural and cultural heritage areas across Ireland through the seven principles of Leave No Trace.

What are the 7 basic principles of Leave No Trace?

Seven Principles

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

Plan ahead by considering your goals and those of your group. Know before you go – get local information, skills and gear you need to make your trip a success.

2. Be Considerate of Others

We all go into the outdoors for different reasons, so we must share. Think about others, respect their activities and what they might be trying to get out of their recreational experience.

3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife

Know when animals are particularly vulnerable, such as breeding times, and change your behaviour with them by observing from a distance. Avoid feeding animals either deliberately or accidentally by leaving food or rubbish lying around. Farming is a big part of Ireland’s culture and economy, know how to move through farms without disturbing farm animals.

4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground

Some areas are more fragile than others. Choose to camp and travel on the most durable surface you can, the best ones are tracks, gravel, snow and most grasses. Impacts on fragile natural features caused by travel and camping can take many years to heal.

5. Leave What You Find

People visit natural areas for many reasons; such as exploring nature's mysteries and surprises. When we leave natural objects and artefacts as we found them, we pass the gift of discovery on to those who follow. Many sites of spiritual and cultural significance to our natural heritage are interwoven with the natural environment.

6. Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack it in, pack it out. As users of the outdoors we all have a responsibility to clean up after ourselves. Rubbish and toilet waste are unsightly and can introduce unwanted organisms into the environment. Lead by example – if you see rubbish, pick it up.

7. Minimise the Effects of Fire

Local regulations and conditions change depending on time of year and location. Lightweight stoves, fire pans and mound fires mean campfires are no longer essential for cooking or comfort. Wildfires are often caused by carelessness and the natural appearance of many recreation sites have been damaged by campfires, including visual scarring and stripping vegetation for firewood. Where fires are permitted, keep it small and make sure it's out by dousing with water and checking the ashes are cool.

To learn more about the Leave No Trace Ireland’s minimum impact skills consider taking one of our courses (http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/find-a-course) and visit www.leavenotraceireland.org.

LNT Ed & training

Leave No Trace Ireland will provide  visual and interactive workshops to groups of all ages and abilities. The training will develop knowledge of Ireland’s wildlife and biodiversity as well as understanding their role in protecting the Irish countryside.  The training workshops include visual presentations, outdooor learning, interactive games and activities. 

The training programmes can be tailored to your needs to incorporate your local heritage, biodiversity and ecology. Please contact info@leavenotraceireland.org for more details.

The three levels of Leave No Trace Ireland courses are:

1. Awareness Course

2. Trainer Course

3. Advanced Trainer Course

If you are interested in booking training, please email education@leavenotraceireland.org