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1st Illustrated Talk – Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

The first talk in the series of four free illustrated talks takes place on Tuesday 5th February 2013 at 8pm in Limerick. The series of talks form part of MulkearLIFE’s Environmental Education Programme, an outreach programme in local schools and the local community in the Mulkear catchment.

Cattle grazing, Upper Bilboa, Co. Tipperary (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

The speaker will be Mr. Ruairí Ó Conchúir and his talk is entitled "Conservation Farming & Biodiversity in the Upper Mulkear Catchment". Mr. Ó Conchúir is the manager of the EC funded LIFE+ project – MulkearLIFE. He has worked in land care management, rural development, farming for conservation and fisheries restoration work for over 20 years, including 10 years in Southern Africa.

Species rich riparian habitat, Upper Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

His talk will focus on the work of MulkearLIFE with farmers over the past three years with a particular emphasis on MulkearLIFE’s partnership work with farmers to improve local habitats. His talk will also attempt to map out where upland farming in Ireland is heading and review work in other uplands parts of Ireland, and outline the likely implications are for upland communities, related farming and habitats post 2014. His talk should be of particular interest to anyone with a general interest in farming, the Irish uplands and the future of EU agri-environmental supports post 2014.

Burren farmers perform important eco-system services (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

The venue for all talks is the Inland Fisheries Ireland office, Ashbourne Business Park, Dock Road, Limerick. There is plenty of free parking at the front of the building at night. Talks will commence at 8.00pm sharp. Admission to all talks is free of charge and all are welcome. Further information regarding any of the talks may be obtained from the project or from MulkearLIFE, Inland Fisheries Ireland (Limerick) on telephone number 061 300 238 / 087 062 5582

Many of you may be interested to know that this week’s Eco Eye programme was focused specifically on farming, conservation and biodiversity. The link to the RTE Player for the programme is available here: Eco Eye

Common poppy, Upper Bilboa, Co. Tipperary (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

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