MulkearLIFE / Inland Fisheries Ireland were delighted with the success of the seminar held today in Murroe, Co. Limerick. The event, a major training and networking seminar entitled ‘Community Involvement in the Control and Management of Invasive Plant Species Along Rivers & Water Bodies’ was attended by groups and individuals from across Ireland.
Seminar participants display LIFE flag (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Presentations were made by Mr. Ruairí Ó Conchúir and Mr. Glen Wightman from MulkearLIFE. In addition, Mr. John Geraghty gave a presentation on using chemical sprays and best practice in terms of application, efficiency and safety.
Mr. John Gerarghty presents at seminar (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The training element of the seminar focused on how community groups could begin to address the problem of non-native invasive plant species along rivers in their locality. Exciting case studies of community involvement in such work in counties Cork, Limerick and Carlow were presented. Ms. Catherine Daly from the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers presented on work at Annacotty, Co. Limerick, while Dr. Michael Millane from CAISIE / IFI, presented a case study on the Barrow Navigation system in Co. Carlow. Finally, Mr. Tim Ring from IDR Duhallow, DuhallowLIFE, gave an overview of rural social scheme involvement in work in Duhallow.
Ms. Catherine Daly presents case study at seminar (Image: Glen Wightman)
The afternoon element of seminar was in the field with a particular focus on the main non-native invasive plant species, namely Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and Pheasant Berry at one site.
Participants in the field review pheasant berry (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
A great day was had by all. A full report will be posted in due course.
Participants review riparian zone Cappamore (Image: Glen Wightman)