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Wexford Slobs and Wildfowl Reserve

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Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, which is part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is a National Nature Reserve, and is owned in partnership with BirdWatch Ireland, a national voluntary organisation and is Ireland's largest conservation charity dedicated to the protection of Ireland's wild birds and their habitats.

For about 100 years much of the Slob lands provided rough summer grazing for livestock, although parts were cultivated for cereals and root crops. Since the 1960's drainage has been improved and farming has been intensified, and nowadays most of the lands are sown with high quality grasses and winter/spring cereals. With the exception of the extensive main channels and their edges, where water plants and reed beds flourish, the Slobs are completely agricultural, and reminiscent of Dutch polders.