Another Great Outing of the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers took place last Saturday, 29th January 2011 when 26 volunteers gathered at the Mill Bar in Annacotty, Co. Limerick. After a discussion on health & safety issues and a quick cup of coffee it was off to work.
The actual fieldwork took place upstream from Annacotty weir below Ballyclogh weir on the main Mulkear River. The work involved re-opening the path up to Ballyclogh weir, habitat creation, general path repair work and tree planting. The outing also included a practical discussion on the dangers of invasives and in particular the danger of the Giant Hogweed stands on site.
The Mulkear Conservation Volunteers also discussed the need for riparian management on important sites like this given the importance of mature native broadleaf riparian habitat.
The Mulkear Conservation Volunteers planted well in excess of 150 native broadleaf tress on site including Irish Oak, Holly, Birch, Alder, Willow and Ash. All trees were Irish sourced and of Irish providence.
As with all previous outings a great day was had by all. Volunteers left the site with tired arms and feet but also feeling greatly uplifted having contributed significantly to enhancing the conservation status of this important Special Area of Conservation.
The next outing of the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers takes place on Saturday 26th February in the Community Centre in Newport. Full details will be posted on the MulkearLIFE website.