MulkearLIFE was delighted to host colleagues from a sister LIFE project in Slovenia to the Mulkear catchment yesterday (Thursday 2nd May 2013). The distinguished visitors were from LUTRA, the Institute for Conservation of Natural Heritage in Slovenia. They are working to protect the European Otter and are heading up a LIFE project in Slovenia to raise awareness and disseminate information about otters and the need to protect their habitats.
Visit to the site on an artificial otter holt (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Project Manager, Marjana Hönigsfeld Adamič and Project Officer, Tatjana Gregorc from the Lutra LIFE Communication Project were in Ireland for the IUCN European Otter Workshop in Cork. Given their work with otter, and their extensive experience in public awareness work regarding the protection of otter habitat, MulkearLIFE was honoured to host our Slovenia visitors.
Otter detected on motion camera in the catchment, January 2013 (Image: MulkearLIFE)
MulkearLIFE outlined to our guests the practical conservation measures which have been undertaken over the past four years to improve water quality and enhance food resources through major in-stream enhancement works.
Visitors taken to see work undertaken on the Clare River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Sites were visited on the Mulkear, Newport & Clare-Annagh river systems. An artificial otter holt which had been installed in 2012 was visited and issues regarding site selection discussed. The project’s catchment wide survey work was discussed as were plans for work with otter this year. The key role played by the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers in otter conservation work and in other areas of work was outlined to the visitors. This included work undertaken on the Clare River at Clare Glens.
The visitors share their work with the pupils of Caherline NS (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
One of the highlights of the day was the time spent by our visitors with the staff and students of Caherline National School who were on the field trip element of MulkearLIFE’s Environmental Education Programme with the school.
Tatjana Gregorc assisting pupils with invertebrate identification (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Marjana and Tatjana were in a position to help out with the invertebrate identification and were able to outline the work which there are involved with in the project of otters and other mammals in Slovenia.
MulkearLIFE would like to express its deep gratitude to LUTRA, the Institute for Conservation of Natural Heritage in Slovenia and wish our LIFE colleagues the very best wishes in the future work.