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Mulkear Conservation Volunteers – Great Outing

The largest corps of Mulkear Conservation Volunteers to date undertook some great practical conservation work in the Clare Glens last Saturday (20 November 2010). Over twenty members of the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers (MCV) braved the cold to undertake a very considerable body of work.

Mulkear Conservation Volunteers picking up litter

The first hour of the outing focused on a discussion on the planned work in 2010 / 2011 and health and safety issues. The actual fieldwork was based on the lower section of the Clare Glens, on the Clare River. The work focused on a range of practical measures and members worked in teams. Teams of volunteers focused their considerable efforts on riparian management work, path repair, removal of fallen trees within the river which had formed barriers to fish passage and a massive clean-up operation. In total over 30 bags of rubbish was removed from the river and the riparian zone. This included a significant amount of litter below the carpark area and along the looped walk trail both sides of the Clare River.
Sincere thanks to all MCV members who gave so generously of their time.

Clearing a log jam that is blocking fish passage [ Glen Wightman (IFI) in the water assisted by two Mulkear Conservation Volunteers, Gordon Young (Left) and Oisin Meagher (Right)

The Mulkear Conservation Volunteers are helping to enhance biodiversity through volunteer participation in practical conservation activities linked to MulkearLIFE’s work programme. They are assisting in the conservation efforts of local community groups in maintaining the natural environment of the Mulkear Catchment. The work includes the removal of the invasives plant ‘Himalayan Balsam’ and helping to organise outings, talks, workshops, training, on biodiversity in the Mulkear. New members are always welcome.

Reviewing the days work

The next outing of the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers is planned for the 29 January 2011 and will focus on path clearance work.

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