The Tellus survey, collecting the latest geological information across Ireland, is due to commence its next airborne surveying phase over counties Galway, Mayo and neighbouring parts of Roscommon, Offaly, Clare and Tipperary from early June 2016.
The survey involves an aircraft flying at a low height (60m). The sound of the plane is similar to that of a passing lorry; however it may startle sensitive animals such as horses, pedigree cattle, sheep-in-lamb and poultry flocks.
Ground sampling of counties May ,west Galway and north Clare has already commenced and will run through to the autumn months.
Samplers – who work in pairs and carry I.D. – will be collecting soil and stream samples.
If you have concerns, particularly about the airborne survey if you own sensitive livestock, you can contact the Tellus Freephone information line on 1800 303 516 or visit www.tellus.ie