MulkearLIFE is delighted once again to be part of National Heritage Week and will be hosting two events this week at part of Heritage Week 2013. The first event, which will take place this Wednesday, 21st August @ 12 midday, is entitled Exploring Biodiversity At Annacotty and will last approximately two hours. The meeting point is the car park area of the Mill Bar, Annacotty, Co Limerick.
The Mural of LIFE at Annacotty on the Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The event, which is open to young and old, will examine a range of issues including local wildlife, in-stream biodiversity, the importance of riparian habitats (riverbank habitats) and local woodlands. It will include kick-sampling for children to identify what bugs live in the water.
Children identify invertebrates during Heritage Week 2011 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The outing will also examine the rich biodiversity upstream of Annacotty weir and a very limited amount of walking will be involved. The event is open to all and is suitable for children.
Two snails on the banks of the Mulkear River at Annacotty (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Wednesday’s event will also outline the extraordinary story of the Atlantic Salmon and sea lamprey life cycle, their migration and upstream passage into the Lower Shannon SAC and Mulkear River and the importance of achieving passage both species at Annacotty weir.
Sea Lamprey ascend fish pass, Annacotty weir (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The second event being hosted by MulkearLIFE is a field trip entitled ‘The Magical Mulkear: A Field Trip Of Discovery’. This free event, for which pre-booking is required, will take place on Saturday, 24th August 2013. 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 (from source to mouth) and some walking will take place to access sites.
Heritage Week Field Trip: Rubble Mat Site, Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The work of MulkearLIFE / Inland Fisheries Ireland and project partners, the OPW and Limerick County Council, to restore habitats in the Mulkear catchment will be reviewed. The field trip will also review some of the conservation work undertaken by the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers over the past four years.
The event is suitable for children and adults alike. Places on this field trip are limited and pre-booking is required (Tel. 061 300 238 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). The bus will depart the Mill Bar Car Park, Annacotty @ 10.00hrs returning between 14.00 and 15.00hrs.
Heritage Week Field Trip, Clare Bridge, Clare Glens (Image: Glen Wightman)
Both events being organised this week 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 2013 please see the Heritage Week website: Heritage Week 2013
The importance of the Mulkear’s riparian habitats (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)