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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Watch Eco Eye online

By trish | April 27, 2020

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 […]

ECO Carn launches Wildflower recording form

By trish | April 27, 2020

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 […]

Our Tree Planting Season

By trish | April 16, 2020

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 […]

We Are Hiring!

By trish | March 9, 2020

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 […]

Can Nature-based solutions provide an answer?

By trish | February 19, 2020

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 […]

Tree Planting in Urris 2020

By trish | February 19, 2020

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, […]

Eco Eye

By trish | January 29, 2020

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

By trish | August 14, 2019

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 […]

Inishowen Agricultural Show 2019

By trish | July 26, 2019

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 […]

Rivers Trusts in Ireland

By trish | July 26, 2019

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 […]

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.