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.
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 of practical experience dealing with issues experienced by landowners in Donegal.
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.
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.
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 covered the whys, whats and hows of using NBS. Her presentation can be viewed on this link https://youtu.be/NoERdpWhXbg
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 happens frequently in the low lying areas and with climate change and the prospect of more frequent and larger storms, the need to find solutions is becoming more urgent.
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 began. She has a background in zoology with a B.Sc and PhD from UCC and a passion for science education and promoting community engagement in environmental issues.
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!
Wildflowers in Carn