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
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
Link to website for more information: http://www.corknaturenetwork.ie