Sunny but with a cool breeze today. Great to see the frogs egss now turned into tadpoles
How many tadpoles can you spot?
And here’s my usual monthly 360 film
We had a wonderful few hours on World Wetlands Day at the Shannon Wetlands.
Ruairí Ó Conchúir, the Community Water Officer from Local Authority Waters, gave an astounding presentation and really engaged with the students from Gaescoil Donncha Rua and St Patrick’s Comprehensive who attended.
He explained the Irtish for the bulrush was coigeal na mban sí (Banshee’s Broom!) and how the wild grasslands provide food and nesting areas for a diverse number of small birds (warbler’s etc.)
I particularly enjoyed when the intrepid Ruairí enter the pond to show the young people what pond life thrives at the bottom.
I was amazed at how many dragonfly nymphs there were. Of course all of these are rushing around in the video below to avoid being eaten or to find something to eat!
So a great day all round! Enjoyed by 20 or more young people and Wetlands Committee alike!
World Wetlands Day which takes place this Wednesday, 2nd February 2022.
To mark the day we will be hosting a low key event at the Shannon Town Community Wetlands site at lunchtime (13:00hrs) for about 1 hour.
The event will be focused on this year’s theme ‘Wetlands Action for People and Nature’ and will explore the biodiversity of the site and the role of the local community in developing and sustaining the site.
The event will be focused on wetland habitat type, local onsite biodiversity and the role wetlands play to support and sustain life helping us better understand why wetlands are so important for people and for the biodiversity.
All are welcome but please feel under no obligation to attend. Please bring along suitable clothing for the weather and your wellington boots if you can make.