The comprehensive catchment wide rapid assessment survey of otter scheduled to take place on Saturday, 9th June 2012 has been cancelled due weather warnings issued by the Irish Coast Guard and Met Éireann. The Irish Coast Guard issued advice to the public following a Met Éireann weather warning for heavy rain in the coming days. Met Éireann issued a weather warning that Thursday this week (7 June 2012) will be a very wet day countrywide with 40-60mm of rain forecast in Munster.. There is a risk of a further 20-30mm on Friday. Heavy rainfall is likely to cause localised flooding.
Speaking yesterday, Declan Geoghegan, Manager of the Irish Coast Guard said: "The dangers from this weather system with the heaviest falls of rain forecast for the south and west closely followed by other parts of the country mean that some local flooding is likely. Do not attempt to cross a fast running river or floodwater fords as they may be stronger and deeper than you think. Flooded urban areas may contain many hazards, not least of which include submerged open manholes and downed power lines
Thus the rivers are unsafe for survey purposes and all evidence of otter (Foot prints, otter spraints and other evidence) has been washed away. The otter survey will be rescheduled and details posted on the MulkearLIFE web site.
Apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Annacotty Weir in Flood, 8th June 2012 (Image – Glen Wightman)
Otter Eating a Sea Lamprey (Image – Paddy Halpin)