Tellus Survey March 2019

Tellus Survey March 2019

Tellus Survey aircraft recommences flights over Limerick, Tipperary and West Cork.

Conducted by the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI), the Tellus survey collects geochemical and geophysical data on rocks, soil and water across Ireland.

To collect this data, a low-flying aircraft began flying in August over Counties Limerick, north Tipperary and west County Cork. After a short winter break, the aircraft will begin flying again until April 2019 (weather permitting). For up to date information and the planned weekly flight schedule, please visit

The aircraft will fly at a low level of 60 metres over rural areas (approximately eight times the height of a standard two storey house), rising to 240 metres over urban areas. The sound of the plane is similar to that of a passing lorry and it may startle sensitive livestock, such as horses, pedigree cattle, sheep-in-lamb and poultry flocks.

As it is vital to raise public awareness of the project, particularly amongst farmers and animal owners, the Tellus team wants all stakeholders to know that the Tellus Survey aircraft is recommencing its flights again so that everyone in the area is informed, as part of its ongoing communications campaign in the region. If you have any  concerns about the survey, particularly if you own sensitive livestock and you would like to be kept informed of latest flight plans in your area,  you can contact the Tellus Freephone information line on 1800 45 55 65 or visit You can also follow Tellus on twitter, @TellusGSI