INISHOWEN RIVER GUARDIANS

Inishowen Rivers Guardians.

A River Guardian is a volunteer from the community who is trained to survey, monitor and restore the rivers, lakes and coastal areas of Inishowen.

River GuardiansInishowen Rivers Guardians. can take on a variety of roles – collecting data and returning information to the IRT, helping out on restoration projects and helping to increase our knowledge of our rivers and how we can best protect them.

2021 Programme

For 2021 the Trust have a new and exciting programme of courses to offer which have been funded by Rethink Ireland’s Innovate Together Award. Due to the current Covid restrictions we need to be flexible about how we work and learn and we have developed a blended approach to the programme. This year we will offer webinars, online guided tutorials, instructional videos, face-to-face outdoor training and perhaps even good old fashioned posting of material!

The events and training for 2021 are well underway. Courses book up quickly and we are often asked how they can find out when the courses registrations are released. There are several ways you can do this:

1. Follow us on Facebook
2. Follow us on our Eventbrite channel
3. Register as a volunteer

When you sign up as a volunteer (Volunteer Registration Form) you will get a direct email about the courses on offer. Our Training co-ordinator, Bren, will register your interest and provide all the information you need to do the course. He can also keep you informed of volunteer opportunities where you can put your new skills into practice.

Contact Bren@inishowenriverstrust.com for more information.

list of the upcoming courses

A list of the upcoming courses are available here for download. Please note courses details (including dates) are subject to change. Please contact us for bookings details.

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Drainage Webinar

By trish | November 9, 2020

November 2020 – Join us online as we invite Prof. Ken Whelan and Dr. Rosemary McCloskey to discuss drainage and water management issues and how this impacts on rivers.

The Hills of Inishowen

By trish | October 20, 2020

7th, 10th & 11th October 2020 – On a wet and windy Saturday morning, a group of hardy volunteers met outside of Carndonagh for the start of a weekend of mountain skills training with expert trainer Bren Whelan. Our group had already met on the previous Wednesday night when we listened to Inga Bock, Donegal […]

Leave No Trace / Mountaineering Skills Training

By trish | September 25, 2020

Coming October 2020 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust are delighted to announce our next River Guardians training module Leave No Trace with Mountaineering and Mapping Skills. This will be a very interesting and practical look at working outdoors, searching for rivers using a map and compass and dealing with the elements during the day and in dark conditions.

Riparian Rights & Responsibilities

By trish | September 25, 2020

19 Sept 2020 – The Inishowen Rivers Trust were delighted to welcome two highly knowledgeable speakers to our Riparian Rights & Responsibilities discussion held recently in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana. Solicitor Paul McMahon from McMahon Legal, has written extensively on the subject of riparian rights and Rural Recreation Officer, Inga Bock, has many years […]

Riverine Visit to Inishowen

By trish | August 14, 2020

On Sunday 9th August 2020, a group from the Strabane/Lifford area travelled to Inishowen to chat about all things riverine. The group have come together to discover, explore and protect their diverse region for the benefit of environmental protection and the IRT were delighted to welcome them to Inishowen.

Heritage Hike to celebrate Water Heritage Day 2020

By trish | August 3, 2020

August 2020 – Local heritage expert, Dessie McCallion, will lead a heritage hike of the Meendoran and Lough Fad area above Clonmany village on Sunday 23rd August to celebrate Water Heritage Day.

Community Collaboration on Nature Based Solutions

By trish | July 27, 2020

July 23rd 2020 – Members of the Clonmany community came together in the Community Centre on Thursday night July 23rd to discuss nature based solutions (NBS) for flood management with flood experts Prof Mary Bourke, Trinity College and Dr. Paul Quinn, University of Newcastle. Prof. Bourke linked in via Zoom to deliver a presentation that […]

New Project Officer

By trish | July 15, 2020

July 2020 – We are delighted to announce that Trish Murphy has become the first Project Officer for the Inishowen Rivers Trust, a newly created role that represents a significant step forward for rivers trusts in Ireland. Trish was a founding director of the Trust and has been involved in a voluntary capacity since it […]

Flood Management in Clonmany

By trish | July 8, 2020

July 2020 – Like many parts of Inishowen and the North West, Clonmany village was badly effected by the flood of August 2017. Many residential homes, business premises and lands were inundated with significant damage to the economy and well being of the local population. But flooding is Clonmany is not a new issue. Flooding […]

Volunteering during Covid restrictions

By trish | June 3, 2020

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 […]

Download List Of The Upcoming Courses

The Development of the Inishowen River Guardians Programme

In 2018/2019 the IRT were awarded funding through the EU Leader Programme to offer a range of training modules. The modules were open to all participants who wished to get involved with the work of the Trust and the following courses were completed.

  • Riverfly Monitoring (ARMI Training)

  • Small Stream Characterisation Course (Atlantic Salmon Trust)

  • Electrofishing

  • Bank Erosion Control

  • Hydromorphology

  • Invasive Species Control

  • ArcGIS Online

  • Chainsaw Certification

Awardee of Innovate Together Fund 2020

These courses ran between December 2018 and October 2019 and the programme was a resounding success with 77 course places taken up by volunteers.

Due to the success of the programme, the IRT Board of Directors were keen to deliver more training and were delighted to be recipients of Rethink Ireland’s Innovate Together Award announced in December 2020. This new round of funding will help to to develop a new programme delivering additional courses (some old, some new) to further enhance the skills and knowledge of our volunteers. These new courses will be delivered using a blended learning approach, mixing instructional video, live online workshops and outdoor field trips. Dependent on Covid-19 restrictions, we hope to run these courses between April and September 2021.

If you would like to find out more about training with the Trust, please call 087 647 8183 or email inishowenriverstrust@gmail.com.