April 2020 – Back in November 2019, the Eco Eye Production team visited Inishowen as part of their episode on water quality, On the Waterfront, in Series 18, Episode 5. The program looked at the pressures on waterbodies and how communities are getting involved in monitoring, restoring and protecting their local rivers and lakes. The Trust were delighted to welcome the Earth Horizon production team to the peninsula and we took presenter Anja Murray on a volunteer event collecting brash for an upcoming river restoration project on the Glennagannon River. Watch the section below (starting at 7.38 mins – 11.50 mins)
ECO Carn – the community initiative in Carndonagh which aims to develop a biodiversity action plan for the town – has launched a new Wildflowers recording form to help capture records of wildflowers growing in the local area. During the Covid-19 restrictions, it has not been possible for the ecologist to do an audit of the spring wildflowers, and now the steering group are asking the community to help out by sending in records.
The Inishowen Rivers Trust are involved in developing the action plan for the town which will look at the whole area around Carn and its environs and will specifically look at 5 areas. These areas will be audited carefully and species lists developed. These lists will then be collated, the data returned the the NBDC and proposals will be developed to improve the area with dedicated action plans.
It’s an exciting project for the Trust to be involved with, which brings together so many community organisations and committed individuals. Over the coming months the Trust and their ecologist Aengus Kennedy will carry out the audits, but you can help too. If you see wildflowers while you are out and within your 2km radius, just log it on the form which you can download to your phone. You don’t even have to know what species it is! We will work that out from the photos you send us.
Get started today while the spring flowers are in full bloom!
Wildflowers in Carn
March 2020 – Our tree planting season has ended 🙁 . We’re tired – and mucky – but very happy to have facilitated the planting of approximately 2000 native Irish trees in various locations across Inishowen this year. It has been a privilege to help landowners to plant trees for the future and we are very grateful to all the volunteers who turned up each time to plant the trees.
Closing Date: 25th March 2020 at 5pm
The Inishowen Rivers Trust are delighted to announce that we are now hiring our first ever staff member! Although the Trust has been operating for 5 years, it has always been through the fantastic support of our volunteers and hard working Board of Directors. Putting a Project Officer in place will be a turning point for the Trust and it will be exciting to see what lies ahead.
Community discuss natural flood management measures
February 2020 – On Friday 14th February, the Inishowen Rivers Trust invited the community to hear more about their research into Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) and discuss the opportunities for delivering these in Inishowen. The meeting held in Colgan Hall was attended by a diverse range of interested parties from across the peninsula.
Saturday 22nd February 2020 – 10am – 3pm
At the Inishowen Rivers Trust we love to encourage the planting of trees and this year again we are giving away native trees to anyone with the space to plant them! With the kind support of the Community Environment Action Fund (Donegal CoCo and Dept of Communications, Climate Action & Environment) and the Trees on the Land charity.
Trees are a fantastic way to help our planet
Eco Eye Visit to Inishowen
November 2019 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust were delighted to welcome the Earth Horizons, an independent film production team, to Inishowen to meet with the Trust directors and volunteers. Earth Horizons produce the popular environmental programme Eco Eye which airs on RTE and launches into Season 18 in January 2020.
Gods, Gold & Graft: Lough Foyle’s Nature and Culture
August 2019 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust are delighted to welcome Dr. Liam Campbell to Inishowen to deliver a fascinating insight into the culture and heritage of Lough Foyle for this year’s Heritage Week event. The Local Authority Waters Programme have once again supported the Trust in offering a special, annual heritage event to coincide with Heritage Week. This year is the turn of a firm favourite Liam Campbell, an Inishowen native.
Busy times at the Carn Show!
July 20th 2019 – The Trust had a great time at the Carn Show on Saturday 20th July. Lots of activity in the Food Enterprise Tent with lovely neighbours and the smell of delicious food coming from all sides! Directors Mervyn, Claire and Trish had plenty of time to chat to folk who stopped by to view the Trust stall.
the positive impact of trusts
July 2019 – The Rivers Trust UK is the umbrella body of the rivers trusts movement across Ireland and the UK. Each year the Trust produces an annual review and this year the review features a section on rivers trusts in Ireland. This is a review of what the Trust has achieved over the last 12 months, showing all the hard work that communities are achieving and the positive impact we are all having on our precious freshwater environment! Check out pages 16-17 featuring Inishowen Rivers Trust!