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Saturday, December 8, 2018

What do you know about Nurdles?

 
We have all heard about the Great Pacific Garbage patch but.....


have you heard about ....

The quest for ocean domination on YouTube which is a great place to start raising awareness of this pervasive pollution. Have you seen a Nurdle? Have you thrown a cotton bud down the toilet?
The following pictures were taken after the recent storms on local Waterford beaches at Tramore, Dunmore and Woodstown
small white plastic beads along tidemark



Nurdles or plastic microbeads are used extensively in the plastics industry

Read more about the problem...they do not go away, they attract toxins and chemicals so concentrate in food chain.

Easier to see are the cotton buds that are  flushed  down the toilet. Check out the Cotton bud project or #TheLast Straw
177 colour coded plastic sticks from 500m of Tramore beach
Where does it all come from? Sewage out of sight is not always out of mind. It reappears after a big storm.
and what about waste from aquaculture, especially new blue and red cable ties? (Seen at Woodstown and Tramore)




November walk

November walk to Creaden head




October walk

October walk to the slate quarries near Piltown.




June and July walks

July on the Greenway near Mount Congreve




and the Anne Valley in June




Monday, March 19, 2018

March walk to Glenshelane woods

A large group took part on a walk on a fine spring day lead by the inimitable Denis Cullen. 


We saw early spring flowers – Wood Anemone and Lesser Celandine and found tracks of deer and possibly a badger; the highlight was the sighting of a Red Squirrel.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Walks in the New Year

The February walk at the Cunnigar, Dungarvan, County Waterford.
Thanks to Denis for leading once again.


The definitive highlight of the January walk, which was along the River Suir walkway from Carrick-on-Suir was seeing Otters including a very close up view of one.