Saturday August 17th 2019
The Shannon Wetland Restoration Project walk and talk in Shannon
National Heritage Week 2019
The Shannon Town Community Wetlands Project marks this year’s Heritage week with an interesting walk and talk in the wetlands site. This project is a community initiative run for and by the local community and is supported by the Community Water Development Fund administered by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWP), Flags West fund administered by Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Clare County Council. We will hear about how this unique Urban Wetland project is developing and about the vision for the next and further stages of development.
Ruairí Ó Conchúir (LAWP) will outline the importance of wetland ecosystems and how they are uniquely predisposed to allay the effects of climate change. This year local expert beekeeper Monica O’Brien will join us to tell us how we can all become more proactive in encouraging and supporting pollinators so that they can survive and continue their valuable work in our natural ecosystems. Such support is becoming more critical as, due to changes in land use, half of our wild bee species has undergone huge declines since the 1980s. Monica will have a demonstration bee hive set up complete with honey bees and she will talk on honey bees, beekeeping and the role of bees as pollinators. “Beekeeping adds a totally different dimension to the garden, the bees keep me intrigued and I’m always wanting to learn more about their amazing abilities. I am open to all that there is to know about these wonderful creatures” said Monica. As it is honey harvest time around now she will have some honey from her own beehives at Drumline on display. Monica runs the Mount Arley Garden Facebook Page.
Meet at the carpark between Gaelscoil Donncha Rua and Tír na nÓg playground at 2.00p.m. The event is free of charge and all are welcome. Visit the Shannon Wetlands Facebook page.
Wonderful presentation by Ruarí at the wetlands today. My camera failed so only a few photos taken by my sister. Perhaps others could post theirs?
Below are some lovely photos from John O’Brien of the Heritage Event yesterday. Thanks John.
Here’s some more photos of the Heritage talk on Saturday – this tine from Thomas Chambers. Thanks Thomas!