June 2020 – Despite the lockdown and cancellation of many activities, there is still one Inishowen Rivers Trust volunteering activity that you can engage with – recording Invasive Alien Species (IAS). Currently we are restricted to a 5km radius from our home but on June 8th this will extend to 20km. This gives us plenty of scope to observe the 6 species of alien plants the IRT are currently recording.
To record a species simply log onto our online form (https://arcg.is/HreHv) and fill in the details of what you find. You can send in 2 photos of each patch you observe. For more details on how to identify the plants and a QR code for the online form see our website section Projects – Invasive Alien Plants.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.