Extensive new fencing has been erected on the Mulkear River below Ballyclough weir from the new road bridge downstream. Several hundred meters of fencing has been erected along the left hand river bank. Within the riparian zone the existing pathway for recreational users remains in place. The fencing is designed to perform two specific functions. Firstly, it prevents livestock, young cattle in particular, from being lost on accessing the river, especially during times of high flood. Secondly, it controls livestock access to the river and the riparian zone. This in turn will, over time, allow for the natural regeneration of the riparian zone. It can also be expected that this will in turn help enhance and stabilise the river bank on this very scenic stretch of the main Mulkear channel.
The work is being undertaken by local contractors and once completed will serve as an important benchmark for the exact (per meter) costings for fencing work MulkearLIFE will be undertaking with local farmers throughout the catchment. MulkearLIFE congratulates the landowner and all involved in this important fencing project.