About us

Sean Lenihan

Sean Lenihan

MD of Kestrel Forestry Consultants Ltd.


Who are Kestrel Forestry Consultants

Kestrel Forestry Consultants is the trade name of our business which was set up in 2002. Originally from Delvin in County Westmeath, I have been living in Coolgreany, North Wexford since 1989 from where the company is based. I first entered the forestry profession at the age of 18 as a Trainee Forester, with the then Dept. of Lands - Forest and Wildlife Service at their college in Kinnitty Castle, Co. Offaly. 

With over 35 years experience in all aspects of Forestry Management from inventory and establishment to harvesting from Cork to Donegal and Mayo to Wicklow I strive to put this experience to work to grow and manage the best forests we possibly can for our clients. 

In August 2002 I left Coillte to set up Kestrel Forestry Consultants and have been involved in the establishment and management of forest plantations and general forest consultancy services all over the South East and further whenever viable. 

Kestrel are also the Irish agents for TUBEX Tree shelters, DISTEIN Forest Marking Paint and ARS Pruning Tools

In 2008 we launched Ireland's first ever Forestry Webshop selling forest accessories like tree shelters, marking paint, DBH tapes, pruning tools, etc.


Training and Qualifications

  • 1977:  started and completed a very comprehensive three year training course which included one years practical, at the Forest and Wildlife Service Training College in Kinnitty Castle, Co. Offaly.  Graduated in 1980 this course proved to be an excellent foundation in forestry practice and management.

  • 1995: Diploma in Science in Forest Management (Dip.Sc.Forest.Mgt.) from Waterford Institute of Technology.

  • 2001: Honours Masters Degree in Forestry (M.Sc.Agr. For.) from University College Dublin.

  • 1994: Degree in Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland, (M.I.I. Grad.).

  • As a professional forester, I am a technical member of the Society of Irish Foresters, the association which represents the forestry profession in Ireland. This allows me to use the designation MSIF (Member of the Society of Irish Foresters), I am also a member of the Association of Irish Forestry Consultants (AIFC) acting as Chairman from 2009 until 2012.

  • Kestrel is on the Forest Service Approved List of Forestry Consultants.