Published Reports & Guides

One of the key undertakings of SUAS, is the extensive recording of data and the publishing of reports and guides to offer insight to the project’s framework, objectives and outcomes.

End of Year Reports

Following the completion of the first year of implementing the management plans of the four sites accepted into the first phase of the scheme, and the inclusion of five new sites following the introduction of the second phase in 2019, this report offers a great oversight to the project’s undertakings and findings to date.

SUAS Project Annual Report (2019)

The Facilitation Process

One of the key aspects of the SUAS Project is the inclusion of commonage groups, who once selected to participate, must formalise their structure including the election of roles such as a chairperson. It is the commonage group itself that enters the project, creates the management plans and undertakes the work on location.

A ‘facilitated process’, which has included the retention of professional services operating in this sector, has been developed to enable and encourage this process and to create a framework for the future establishment of commonage groups.

Forming A Commonage Group

Following the successful induction of 6 groups in both phase one and two of the project, a ‘Step-By-Step Guide To Forming A Commonage Group’ and a ‘Commonage Group Constitution Template’ have been published to aid commonage shareholders formally establish and operate as a commonage group.

Baseline & Management Recommendations

One of the key innovations of the project is that the ecology and hydrology of each of the participating sites is examined and recorded incrementally throughout the duration of the project.

The study period begins with the recording of baseline levels, which along with all subsequent observations, will evaluate the effectiveness of the management plans and the impact they have had on each site.

Following the completion of the baseline reports, and working in a collaborative manner with all participants, a number of management recommendations were made to guide the creation of agreed Management Plans for each location.

This study and the authoring of reports is being undertaken by leading ecologist, Faith Wilson, who is working closely with the six commonage groups and three individual farmers selected to participate in the project.

The published findings including the ‘Baseline Reports and Management Recommendations’ and ‘Annual Habitat Reviews’ for each site will be available from this page once they are published.

Documents: Commonages


Located on the northeast of the Wicklow Uplands, on the slopes of Djouce Mountain and White Hill and facing the well-known Great Sugarloaf.


Located in the west of County Wicklow, 5km south of the Blessington Lakes.


Located on the slopes of Black Hill in the south part of County Wicklow.


Located in the middle of the Wicklow Uplands, this very large commonage (674 ha) includes lands close to Lough Dan and the Glenmacnass Waterfall and the summits of Mullaghcleevaun East Top and Duff Hill.


Located in the Dublin Uplands, rising to the summits of Seefingan and Corrig Mountain.


Located in the middle of the Wicklow Uplands,  the commonage extends from the Glenmalure Valley rising to the shoulder of Lugnaquilla and includes the ridges and summit of Cloghernagh.

Documents: Non-Commonage Upland Areas

Powerscourt Paddock

Located in the northeast of County Wicklow, to the south of the famous Powerscourt Estate.


Located on the slopes of south County Dublin’s Two Rock Mountain (also known as the Fairy Castle).


Located in the Wicklow Uplands, Ballynultagh adjoins the commonage of Carrigeenduff and extends to summits such as Mullaghcleevaun East Top.

Planting Trees in the Uplands - A Practical Guide

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Main Street,

Co. Wicklow.

Declan Byrne,
Project Manager,
SUAS Pilot Project.

The SUAS Pilot Project is operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wicklow Uplands Council.  Company Name: WUC-SUAS.  CRO623917