As we enter the first week of February 2013, the Mulkear catchment has experienced gales, storms, snow, hail, rain and today, for a change, beautiful sunshine.
The Mulkear River from railway bridge at Foyle (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
While the weather has been extremely windy and very unsettled over the past two weeks, there has only been a few nights of consecutive hard frosts. Daytime temperatures have varied from 4 or 5 degrees Celsius to a barmy 13 degrees Celsius on the 29th January.
Spring buds and lichen over the Mulkear (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Despite the cold and unsettled weather, the signs of spring are visible throughout the catchment. Signs of new life abound.
First leaves of new life on the Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
As MulkearLIFE plans the roll-out of the key elements of its work programme for 2013, we look forward with great hope and expectation to a clear, bright, dry Spring and a warm dry Summer.
Primrose on display in sheltered riparian zones (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Normal spring and summer rainfall levels and corresponding river levels will be key to the project achieving its objectives this year.
Display feathers of mute swan on the Bilboa River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)