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World Wetlands Day – 2nd February 2020

With a quarter of our island made up of water, Ireland’s wetlands support a wide variety of flora and fauna. Fens are less acidic than bogs and are surprisingly biodiverse and often under appreciated.

To celebrate our wonderful wetlands on World Wetlands Day, ecologist Pascal Sweeney will be leading a Cork Nature Network walk in Clogheenmilcon Fen, Blarney.

On this field trip we will learn the differences between a marsh, swamp, fen and bog. We will look at a variety of wetland vegetation, learn how to identify various plant species, look at aquatic plants in the pond and Pascal will collect aquatic invertebrates with a pond net and we will get an up close look at water-boatmen, back-swimmers, diving beetles, damselfly nymphs, caddisfly larvae and different types of mayfly nymphs and crustaceans. We will also keep a lookout for waterfowl.

Event Organiser: Cork Nature Network
Location: We will meet at the car park with the recycling bins at the Blarney end of Clogheenmilcon fen at 14.00, cross the road and walk along the footpath to the car park by the roundabout.
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 14:00-15:00
Special Requirements: Please dress for the weather, waterproofs, raincoat etc
Samples of aquatic invertebrates will be brought back to examine at the tables but if you want to get down to the water’s edge where Pascal will be sampling, wellies are required.
Cost: Free but please register on eventbrite
Contact name: Tara O Donoghue
Email: events@corknaturenetwork.ie
Tel: 0879567452
Link to website for more information: http://www.corknaturenetwork.ie

Join us at the Wetlands for a talk on our beautiful Tralee Bay and surrounding habitats. Enjoy a walk through our marsh and tower access which provides a breath taking view of Tralee Bay.

Event Organiser: Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park
Location: Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park, Ballyard road, Tralee
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 15:00-16:00
Special Requirements: Please bring wellies and rain gear. All children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Alan
Email: info@traleebaywetlands.org
Tel: 0667126700

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, on Sat Feb 1st, Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny Branch, with support from the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council, will lead a guided walk at Newpark Fen, Lovers Lane, Kilkenny. Limited parking available.

Event Organiser: Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny Branch
Location: Newpark Fen (Lovers Lane, just off the Castlecomer Road, behind Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny)
Date: Saturday 1st February 2020
Time: 11:00
Special Requirements: Rain proof clothing and strong boots or wellingtons. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: This event is free
Contact name: Mary Durkin
Email: birdwatchkilkenny@gmail.com
Tel: 056 7762130

Event Organiser: Leitrim County Council Heritage Office and Local Authority Waters Programme
Location: Canon Donohoe Hall, Main Street, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 14:00-16:00
Cost: Free
Email: smalone@leitrimcoco.ie and kkennedy@lawaters.ie

Join us to celebrate World Wetlands Day! Learn about wetlands in Co. Roscommon, their associated biodiversity and the threats to these special habitats. Visit our Biodiversity Display and join us for a short walk along the River Suck Callows to spot some wildlife.

Event Organiser: NPWS , BWI , IFI , Roscommon Co Co
Location: Suck Valley way visitor center, Athleague, Co. Roscommon. F42 K685
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Special Requirements: Bring waterproof clothing and wear comfy footwear. If you have binoculars bring them also!
Cost: Free
Contact name: Laura Gallagher
Email: laura.gallagher@chg.gov.ie
Tel: 0858074591

Guided Nature Walk through the Anne Valley Wetlands with wildlife author and photographer Paddy Dwan. The walk is suitable for all ages.

Event Organiser: Waterford City & County Council
Location: Meet at the Anne Valley Car Park, Dunhill
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 11:00-13:00
Special Requirements: Bring weatherproof clothing and footwear.
Cost: Free
Contact name: Bernadette Guest
Email: bguest@waterfordcouncil.ie
Tel: 086 8590341

Join West Waterford Eco Group for a guided nature walk with John Power to view wintering wildfowl and waders in Dungarvan Harbour. Dungarvan Harbour is one of the most important wintering birdlife sites in the South East and a designated wetland under the Ramsar Convention for protection of world wetlands. Observation Scopes and Binoculars will be available on the walk to help your birdwatching skills.

Event Organiser: West Waterford Eco-Group
Location: Meet at the car park adjacent to the Pitch and Putt Course /Sports Centre , Ringasilloge, Dungarvan.
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 14.00-16.00
Special Requirements: Bring rainproof clothing and footwear
Cost: No charge
Contact name: John Power
Email: japwatntr@gmail.com
Tel: 087 2385151

Event Organiser: Westmeath County Council
Location: Scragh Bog, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Meeting at the car park Scragh Bog.
Time: 14:00-16:00
Date: 2nd February 2020
Special requirements:  Clothes to suit the weather.  The walk will stick to the boardwalk, so no special footwear needed.
Cost: Free
Contact name: George F Smith
Tel: 086-1736075

Short walk of headland trail and stream where an old stream obstacle has been removed. Then (weather permitting) trial of a fish game or creating St Bridget crosses.
Indoors: information on trails, coastal wetlands, stream fish obstacles and removal by local group, Wexford county council staff and contractor.
Family friendly event.

Event Organiser: Coastwatch and Ballymoney Community Group
Location: Ballymoney. Co. Wexford Y25Y894
Date: 1st Feb 2020
Time: 14:00-16:00
Special Requirements: Suitable outdoor clothes.
RSVP for participation in indoor part
Cost: Free
Contact name: Paul and Karin Dubsky
Email: kdubsky@coastwatch.org
Tel: 087 814 0411

World Wetlands Day - 2nd February 2020
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