BEGINNING this week and continuing throughout the summer until the end of the year, a low-flying aircraft will be a regular feature in the skies over Limerick city and county.
The distinctive white, twin propeller plane, with a red tail and the word survey on its underbody, will fly at just 60m over rural areas but will rise to 240m over urban areas.
The aircraft will be carrying out a survey on behalf of Geological Survey Ireland as part of a national programme to gather geochemical and geophysical data from right across Ireland, looking at the chemical and physical properties of soil, rocks and water.
The information gathered, a leaflet distributed to households in the past week explains, will allow us to make new geological maps and help us to manage and make the best use of our environment, agricultural and natural resources.
The information from the survey will be freely available to all.
The flight schedule will depend on the weather and is subject to change. The sound of the plane is similar to that of a passing lorry, the leaflet explains but “may startle sensitive livestock such as horses”.
Anybody who has concerns about sensitive lifestock is asked to contact 1800 45 55 65. Further information can be obtained on the website www.tellus.ie.