Is that a wetland?!
We had a fantastic turnout today at our workshop with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, and hosted by the Cabragh Wetland Centre on the new wetland guide. Faith Wilson delivered the course, and it was attended by a diverse group including ecologists, interested individuals, and others who need to identify wetlands as part of their jobs. It was agreed by all, that no matter how much of an expert you are, it can just be really tricky to identify some wetland habitats! Faith did a great indoor session as we worked our way through the guide – she told us all about the key wetland indicators to look out for. We headed out in the afternoon to identify some of the Cabragh Wetland Centre’s wetlands. Check out some more images from the day.
IRWC visits Pollardstown Fen
Last Friday, IRWC visited Pollardtown Fen located near Newbridge in County Kildare. Pollardstown is perhaps the biggest fen in Ireland, and a real mosaic of plant communities fed by dozens of calcareous springs. The site is well used by the public, facilitated by a boardwalk circuit through the southern part of the site. There were significant challenges several years back associated with managing the flooding at the site during the construction of the Kildare Bypass. The fen habitat is best managed through grazing, and currently there are associated difficulties relating to finding suitable stock for grazing a ‘wet’ site, combined with the management of stock in a heavily-visited public amenity area.
Putting the Wetland Guide into Practice
IRWC teams up with the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Faith Wilson to deliver a practical workshop on 25th September 2018 at the Cabragh Wetlands Centre on how to use this new wetland guide. For more details about this workshop and how you can book please download the Autumn Workshop Programme here