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10. Where is Clare Island ?
The old and the new survey of Clare Island
The island was the subject of a
pioneering multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary survey
during the years 1909-1911. The Clare Island Survey was the first major
biological study of a specific area carried out anywhere in the world. Though
concentrating mainly on the island's biology, the research also included studies on its
placenames, history and its archaeology.
Under the strong guidance of Robert Lloyd
Praeger, the reknowned naturalist, the Survey resulted in 67 academic papers on
nearly every aspect of the island. They were published as a special volume of the
Royal Irish Academy's Proceedings between 1911 and 1915.
In 1991, the Royal
Irish Academy launched the "New Survey
of Clare Island"a new interdisciplinary survey of Clare Island which
will update and advance the original survey.
The aim of the New Survey is to measure
environmental change in the period since the first survey was concluded, as well as
bringing new methods and modern knowledge to bear on old problems.