In sunny and showery weather, which has been typical for much of the ‘Irish Summer’ to date, MulkearLIFE yesterday completed the second year of its Environmental Education Programme with a wonderful group of students and teachers from Monard National School.
Monard National School – Field trip to Annacotty Weir, Mulkear River, 20 June 2011
The Programme targets primary and post primary schools within the Mulkear catchment and has to date reached more than 850 school children, their teachers and teacher assistants in over 30 schools. The Programme involves two engagements – a classroom presentation by MulkearLIFE and a field trip within the Mulkear Catchment. Events take place during the academic year in the hope that the field trips will take place in glorious sunshine in April, May and June.
Monard NS, Exploring the Riparian Zone of the Mulkear River, 20 June 2011
The Programme gives the school children involved a heightened sense of "environmental ownership" and recognition of the importance of the river catchment as an important natural resource. In particular, it promotes awareness of the catchment and the habitats and species in the rivers and streams. Developing this greater understanding and respect for the flora, fauna and physical habitat is of a great help to the school children and their teachers to begin to comprehend the positive and negative environmental impacts of our own daily actions.
Monard NS, having fun in the rain, along Mulkear River, 20 June 2011
The Programme highlights the significance of Atlantic Salmon, Sea Lamprey and European Otter in the Mulkear and the conservation issues which surround them in the catchment. The work also focuses on the wider biodiversity surrounding us all and how this can be enhanced and protected through supporting the principles of Leave No Trace.
Field trips to the river put theory into practice as the children learn about the wonderful natural heritage of the Mulkear River. This is done through real practical research; kick sampling for invertebrates, assessing water quality, electro fishing, assessing the impact of invasive weeds, habitat survey work and general fun of exploring rivers and riparian zones.
Below are some of the images from the field trips during this academic year.
Kick Sampling, Rear Cross N.S, May 2011
Kick Sampling, ‘What’s in the Net?’, Rear Cross N.S, May 2011
Invertebrate ID and assessment of water quality, Rear Cross N.S, May 2011
Assessment of water quality, Bilboa River, by St. Josephs SS, Doon, May 2011
Electro fishing, Bilboa River, St. Josephs SS, Doon, May 2011
Kick Sampling, Bilboa River, Cullen NS, April 2011
Kick Sampling, ‘What’s in the Net?’, Bilboa River, Cullen NS, April 2011
Electro fishing results, Bilboa Bridge, Cullen NS, April 2011
Invertebrate ID and assessment of water quality, Lackamore NS, April 2011
Electro fishing, Lackamore NS, Mulkear River, Annacotty, April 2011
Monitoring of Himalayan Balsam, Annacotty, Castletroy College, April 2011
Counting Himalayan Balsam seedlings, Annacotty, Castletroy College, April 2011
Scouts, Shaping Ireland, February 2011
Scouts, Newly Shaped Ireland, February 2011
Field trip on the Inagh River, Mol an Oige NS, November 2010