MulkearLIFE was delighted with the success of three events it organised in conjunction with Heritage Week 2001. The two weekday events took place at Annacotty and were entitled ‘Exploring Sea Lamprey Passage and Biodiversity in the Mulkear Catchment’ and ‘Exploring biodiversity in and along the Mulkear River’. The second event in particular was a great hit with local children where they had an opportunity to explore the extraordinary rich biodiversity found in and along the Mulkear River. Adults and children alike were able to examine at close hand instream biodiversity and the importance of riparian habitats.
Heritage Week 2011 – Mulkear River, Annacotty (Image: Catherine Daly)
The children were in a position to undertake kick samples and assess the water quality of the Mulkear River through the identification of invertebrates.
Kick Sampling on the Mulkear River, Annacotty (Image: Catherine Daly)
There was even a fresh carcass of a dead sea lamprey on hand for all to review. This facilitated an interesting discussion on sea lamprey passage and the food supply of otter.
‘Getting to know you’ – Sea lamprey close up (Image: Catherine Daly)
The half-day field trip, which was booked-out, was a very enjoyable outing and involved a bus excursion to visit a range of exciting sites throughout the catchment. The event started at the confluence of the Mulkear and Shannon Rivers.
Confluence of the Mulkear and Shannon rivers (Image: Glen Wightman)
The field trip was focused on the rich biodiversity of the Mulkear catchment. It also included a review of the work of the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers over the past year, including of the work undertaken in the Clare Glen in November 2011.
Site visit to the Clare Bridge, Clare Glens (Image: Glen Wightman)
Site visits were also undertaken to review the work of MulkearLIFE / Inland Fisheries Ireland and its main project partners, the OPW and Limerick County Council, to restore instream and riparian habitat. The newly installed rubble mats downstream of Dromkeen were of particular interest. This work, which was undertaken by Limerick County Council earlier this summer, has proven to be a great success.
Reviewing rubble mat, Dromkeen Br, Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)