These photos were taken today by Ruairí Ó Conchúir (Community Water Officer). They remind us how nature lifts our spirits in these worrying COVID-19 times.
Here’s an article that inlcudes our recent World Wetlands Day event in Shannon
Also here’s another article of a more general nature. Enjoy 🙂
Jacquie Murphy, who is a teacher in The Comp in Shannon, has set up a student Photography Club called Comp-Pix and one the students called Eoghan Birchall has taken the following photos of the wetlands recently.
Thanks Eoghan. Wondrfully atmospheric photos and well done!
Today due to the increase in traffic we switched where our pages are hosted from the free service from www000WebHost.com at:
to the paid service behind a www.Hostinger.com server.
Our domain name www.ShannonTownWetlands.ie was then made to re-direct to this new server. All existing pages/pots were transferred to this new server by Hostinger.com.
It all seems OK but please get in touch if you experience anything strange. Thanks.
After a week or so I’ll remove the old server pages and redirect surfers to the our website.
Had a great turn out on Sunday for World Wetlands Day – given the wet blustery weather that was in it.
Monica O’Brien had these comments about the day “
Life is beginning to thrive in this a “kidney of the earth” in our local Wetlands Community Project in Shannon. There is much already done and much more has to be done.
Wetlands biodiversity matters for the climate. They remove pollutants, they provide storm protection, store water and reduce flooding. 40% of all species live/breed in wetlands.
A valuable resource for visitors and tourists alike. And it will be of great benefit to local schools as an outdoor classroom.
Volunteers are much needed now to help to dig up or cut back some of the willows that are trying to take over. These would very much dry up the ground and the wetlands would then cease to exist.
Also three bags of rubbish were collected today by the volunteers even though the weather turned nasty.
People leaving rubbish here seems to be a continuing problem which is sad.
This little piece of earth will be here for all future generations to enjoy hopefully.
We all got out, listened to Ruairí from the Local Authority and Waters Programme give us an amazing talk on the biodiversity of Wetlands and why they are so important. I learned a lot and it opened my eyes into this type of landscape. My generation grew up thinking this type of land was worthless and had to be drained.
More gatherings are planned to do various jobs. Including planting more native trees and cutting back the willows. It was a great way to get exercise, meet new people and at the same time leave it a bit cleaner for the benefit of all to enjoy.
More information can be got from the Shannon Wetlands Restoration Project Facebook page.”
Thanks Monica and for you photos which I’ve added above 🙂
I also took a few photos on the day which are in the gallery below:
I also grabbed a few videos of people speaking..
Press Release: Celebrate World Wetlands Day with the Shannon Community Wetlands Project in Shannon Town
Sunday, 2nd February 2020
World Wetlands Day occurs this coming Sunday, 2nd February 2020. This year’s theme is ‘Wetland Biodiversity: Why it matters’. With this in mind the Shannon Community Wetlands Project will be hosting a very special event on Sunday, 2nd February at 1pm in Shannon. The free family event will unpack why wetlands are important for all of us and for the biodiversity around us.
Wetland are of critical importance for improving water quality and for water management within a catchment, or subcatchment. They play a key role in flood mitigation and act as major carbon sinks. Most significantly, in an Irish context, wetlands are an increasingly rare habitat type and are vitally important for our native flora and fauna. In a global context, wetlands remove pollutants. Peatlands store 30% of land-based carbon. Wetlands help create the conditions for life. Wetlands absorb and store water, indeed 40% of all species live or breed in wetlands. Globally, over 1 billion people make a living from wetlands. Wetlands attract people for recreation. Wetlands provide an ideal environment for learning about biodiversity.
The Shannon Community Wetlands Project in Shannon Town is making the connection between wetlands as an importance refuge not just for wildlife for our own health and well-being. The wetland site, together with the new town park, offers the opportunity for a positive engagement with nature for local communities, with recreational trails and nature-based activities.
Join us at our newly created Community Wetlands in Shannon Town to learn about the importance of wetlands and help us plant some trees on site and remove non-native invasive plant species. The free family event, will take on Sunday, 2nd February 2020 at 1.00 p.m. The meeting point is the Shannon Town Community Wetlands site, which is adjacent to the Town Park, between Gaelscoil Donncha Rua and Tír na nÓg playground. No booking required but please bring along your wellington boots and suitable clothing for the weather. The event will be led by Ruairí Ó Conchúir of the Local Authority and Waters Programme (LAWPRO) and will focus on wetland biodiversity, native tree planting and removing invasive plant species on site.
Olive Carey, Chairperson, Shannon Community Wetlands Project
085 710 7581
The most recent phase of works at the Shannon Town Community Wetlands has come to a close. This phase saw the completion of the pond network, the upgrading of the footpaths and the creation of two spurs into the wetland. The site is looking very much like a wetland after all the recent rain and if the regeneration after last year’s phase of works is anything to go by the spring and summer months will see the site green up and become the amenity that we have been striving to create over the last few years. Much more remains to be achieved including the installation of display signage, seating, exercise equipment and a nature classroom. We are also looking forward to installing some bat and bird boxes and to welcoming an increased variety of wildlife to the wetlands. We hope you enjoy the Shannon Town Community Wetlands. Please do share your photographs of the wetlands.
Some warning signs concerning the water have also been erected.
We were invited to the official opening at 9 am. The new park is wonderful and the curved paths complement those of the wetlands. Also the park signage indicates where the Wetlands are which is great.
The current phase of works on the Shannon Town Community Wetlands is now complete. During this phase the pond network was completed, footpaths widened and re-surfaced and spurs into the wetland have been created. This is a community project that relies on grant funding so work is carried out on a phased basis as the funds become available. Future phases include, planting, site signage, seating, an outdoor nature classroom, green waste re-cycling infrastructure and exercise equipment. It is anticipated that the work will be completed in 2020.