Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Co. Waterford,

Tel: +353 (0)51 292828


Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)Flowers and plants found along Waterford's Copper Coast.

  • sea pinks - thrift (Armeria maritima) 
  • scurvy grass (Cochlearia officinalis) 
  • kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)
  • sea campion (Silene maritima)
  • red clover (Trifolium pratense L.)
  • sea plantain (Plantago maritime)
  • wild carrot (Daucus carota)
  • lady's bedstraw (Galium verum) 
  • sea aster (Aster tripolium)
  • sea holly (Eryngium maritimum)
  • sea pea (Lathyrus japonicus)
  • sea bindweed (Calystegia soldanella)
  • hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) 
  • field bindweed (Convulvus arvensis) 
  • sheep's bit scabious (Jasione montana)
  • rest-harrow (Ononis repens)
  • sugar kelp - sea belt (Laminaria saccharina) 
  • bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) 
  • channelled wrack (Pelvetia canaliculata) 
  • egg wrack - knotted wrack (Ascophyllum nodosum) 
  • serrated wrack - toothed wrack (Fucus serratus) 
  • spiral wrack (Fucus spiralis) 
  • dilisk - dulse (Palmaria palmata) 
  • sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca) 
  • carragheen - Irish moss (Chondrus crispus)
  • pepper dulse (Laurencia pinnatifida) 
  • laver (Porphyra umbilicalis) 
  • gutweed - link frond (Enteromorpha intestinalis) 
  • oarweed - tangle kelp (Laminaria digitada) 
  • thongweed (Himanthalia elongata) 
  • dabberlocks (Alaria esculenta)
  • maiden's hair (Ectocarpus siliculosus) 

Poppies On The Copper Coast

Flowers and plants to be found in the Bog
  • bog bean (Menyanthes trifolia) 
  • bog cotton (Eriophorum angustifolium)
  • cuckoo flower or lady's smock (Cardamine pratensis) 
  • ragged robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) 
  • reed mace (Typha latifolia) 
  • buttercup (Ranunculus acris) 
  • horsetail (Equisetum spp.) 
  • purple-loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) 
  • round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) 
  • sedge (Carex sp.) 
  • willow (Salix pentandra) 
  • alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertn)
  • water mint (Mentha aquatica) 
  • willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium) 
  • marsh cinquefoil (Potentilla palustris)
  • spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) 
  • common knapweed (Centaurea nigra)
  • common valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
  • foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
  • meadowsweet (Filipendula vulgaris)
  • ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

County Waterford Local Biodiversity Action Plan 2008 - 2013 - click here


The area was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004. This geologically diverse area contains records of Palaeozoic volcanism and the last ice age. more


The Copper Coast is a stretch of the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford. It is named for the historic metal-mining industry, the legacies of which now constitute a tourist attraction. more

Walking Trails

Along with an audio tour around Annestown, we also have walking trail cards for the villages along the Copper Coast. The trail cards can be printed or stored for viewing on your phone. more

Website by: Déise Design
A European Geopark Located In Co. Waterford, Ireland.