Following the summer break, the next Mulkear Conservation Volunteer outing will take place on *Saturday 22nd September 2012 from 10.00 to 13.00hrs. The meeting point will be Bilboa Bridge on the Bilboa River.
The practical conservation outing will take place to Bilboa Bridge (upstream and downstream). The work will involve the removal on Non Native Invasive Species (NNIS) in the riparian zone – namely Himalayan Honeysuckle / Elisha Tears / Knotweeds / Himalayan Balsam from the site upstream. In addition, a general clean-up, fencing and three planting could also form part of the outing. Opening of pathways and possible removal of brashings may also form part of the outing. This outing will likely form part of several outings (path work, fencing, possible site signage, etc) to this site.
In order to organise numbers please let us know by Friday 21st September 2012 (midday) if you are in a position to attend.
MCV members removed Balsam above Bilboa Bridge in 2011 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Please note that lifts can be arranged from the IFI Office, Dock Rd Limerick departing at 9.30am and from Annacotty, Mill Bar (car park area) departing 9.30am. Please make contact with MulkearLIFE before the event to arrange a lift.
Please bring appropriate clothing & foot ware (robust walking boots / wellington boots) & rain gear (jacket & trousers). Please also bring water (if required) and and a flask of tea or coffee and snack (if required for field work). Please note there are no facilities on site. MulkearLIFE will supply all other equipment incl. spades, tools, bags, etc. MulkearLIFE will also supply gloves, but if you have your own and would prefer to use same please bring them.
The Mulkear Conservation Volunteers (MCV) work to help protect, manage and enhance the Natural Heritage of the Mulkear Catchment through volunteer participation in practical conservation projects.
All events are free of charge. Membership of the MCV is open to all and becoming a member is free of charge. A membership form is available here: Membership Form
MCV members install an artifical otter holt (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Areas of work include removal of invasives plants – e.g. Himalayan Balsam, path clearance and scrub clearance work, assisting in otter survey work, otter holt construction, assisting with field trips (Heritage Week events), organising talks, workshops, training, etc.
MCV members remove Himalayan Balsam (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The Mulkear Conservation Volunteers help to enhance biodiversity through volunteer participation in practical conservation activities linked to MulkearLIFE’s work programme within the Mulkear catchment – covering Limerick & Tipperary.
MCV members undertake otter survey training (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Please forward this infomation to anyone you feel might be interested in becoming a member.