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Work on the Bilboa River above Bilboa Bridge

MulkearLIFE with the support of IFI colleagues Mr. Noel Sheehan and Mr. Flan Ryan returned to the Bilboa River yesterday (28 February 2013) to complete work started in September and October 2012. With all appropriate consents in place, the work focused on this important High Nature Value (HNV) site which forms part of the Lower Shannon SAC, and specifically on riparian management upstream from Bilboa Bridge.


Burning of brashings & removed invasives, February 2013 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

The work was a follow-up to the path clearance work and the removal of invasive species undertaken on the site last year. The site was the focus of considerable work in the Autumn of 2012 which included practical conservation work removing a major problem invasive on site namely Pheasant Berry ( Leycesteria Formosa ) which is also known as Himalayan Honeysuckle or Elisha Tears. This emerging non-native invasive plant species had taken over large areas of the site. It had formed dense thickets outcompeting native Irish riparian plants. Unfortunately, the materials removed late last year could not be burned on site up until this week. Last year’s work also focused on opening and widening of existing pathways which had closed in due to scrub encroachment. The brashings from this work were also burnt on site this yesterday.


Burning of brashings & removed invasives, February 2013 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

MulkearLIFE was also delighted that the landowner, local farmer, Mr. John Ryan, was on site to inspect the initial fencing work completed on Bilboa River from Bilboa Bridge up stream.


Local farmer, Mr. John Ryan with his dog Roguee, inspect fencing work (Image: RÓC)

Mr. Ryan had an opportunity to inspect the work and more importantly to meet the work party consisting of the MulkearLIFE Team and colleagues Mr. Noel Sheehan and Mr. Flan Ryan. Mr. Ryan expressed his delight at the quality of the work carried out. He noted that the work added greatly to the ease of his livestock management on the site.


A good scythe: Flan Ryan, Noel Sheehan & John Ryan (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

He also expressed his gratitude to the work party and to the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers for all the work undertaken to remove non-native invasives from the site.


The value of a good scythe, Noel Sheehan with John Ryan (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

MulkearLIFE is extremely grateful to Mr. John Ryan for his kindness and co-operation in allowing the project undertaking this important conservation work on this beautiful site.

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