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MulkearLIFE’s Heritage Week Events Kick Off Today

Following the success of last year’s events, MulkearLIFE is delighted to announce details of three events it will host during Heritage Week, which takes place from the 20 to 28 August 2011.

The first event will be a field outing, entitled ‘Exploring Sea Lamprey Passage and Biodiversity in the Mulkear Catchment’. It will take place on Monday, 22 August at 12 midday and will last approximately two hours. The meeting point for the event is the car park area of Annacotty Weir (next to the Mill Bar). The event, which is open to young and old, will review the extraordinary story of the sea lamprey life cycle, their migration and upstream passage into the Lower Shannon SAC and Mulkear River.


Sea lamprey sucking disk below Annacotty weir (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

The outing will review on site the work of MulkearLIFE to ease upstream passage for Sea Lamprey. This groundbreaking work is of significant national and international importance in terms of sea lamprey conservation. The outing will also examine the rich biodiversity of the Mulkear at Annacotty and a limited amount of walking will be involved.


Atlantic Salmon jumping the weir at Annacotty – January 2011 (Image: Eamonn Pearce)

The second event will also be a field outing, entitled ‘Exploring biodiversity in and along the Mulkear River’. It will take place on Thursday, 25 August at 12 midday and will last approximately two hours. The meeting point is the car park area of Annacotty Weir (next to the Mill Bar). The event, which is open to all but may be of particular interest to younger children, will review the extraordinary rich biodiversity found in and along the Mulkear River at Annacotty. The field outing will examine a range of issues including instream biodiversity, the importance of riparian habitats (riverbank habitats) and local woodlands. The outing will also review the work of MulkearLIFE and its project partners to protect and enhance habitat for Atlantic Salmon, Otter and Sea Lamprey and outline the project’s work to address invasive plant species. A limited amount of walking will be involved.


Blackboy Bridge – Bilboa River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

The final event being hosted by MulkearLIFE is a half-day field trip entitled ‘The Magical Mulkear: A Field Trip Of Discovery’. This event, for which pre-booking is required, will take place on Saturday, 27 August 2011. It promises to be a very enjoyable day and will involve a bus excursion to visit a range of exciting sites throughout the catchment. The field trip will focus on the rich biodiversity of the Mulkear catchment and some walking will take place to access sites. The work of MulkearLIFE / Inland Fisheries Ireland and its main project partners, the OPW and Limerick County Council, to restore habitats in the Mulkear catchment will be reviewed. The field trip will also include a review of conservation work undertaken by the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers over the past year.


Mulkear Conservation Volunteers outing, Bilboa River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Places on this field trip are limited and pre-booking is required (Tel. 061 300 238 or e-mail ruairi@mulkearlife.com).

All events are free of charge and open to all. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.

For full details of these events and all other events taking place throughout Ireland as part of Heritage Week please see: www.heritageweek.ie


Evening light on the Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

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Mulkear LIFE, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Ashbourne Business Park, Dock Road, Limerick, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)61 300 238   Email: limerick@fisheriesireland.ie