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Friday, December 6, 2013

December walk

We are bringing our December walk forward to this Sunday December 8th. The venue for the walk is part of the perimeter of Little Island where Waterford Castle is situated. Meeting point for the walk is the Ferry terminal at Ballynakill at 1.45 pm and we will cross as foot passengers. Departures are scheduled for every 30 minutes so it is essential that we're all together for the crossing otherwise late comers will miss the walk. Most of the route is on prepared trail but part will be through grass which will probably be wet so footwear accordingly. The Island has many points of interest including wildlife of course with deer frequently seen. Bird life can be extensive and Denis Cullen will have his telescope for those who want to do some birdwatching - lapwing and oyster catcher and winter waders are very likely. Others who want a brisker walk will do that led by yours truly. We will then meet up back at the Clubhouse. We wish to invite members to the Clubhouse for tea/coffee and mince pies afterwards but non members are indeed very welcome to join us. The cost of the refreshments for non members is €4.00. Hope to see you all on Sunday.

Monday, December 2, 2013

December update

The November outing on Sunday 17th was to the Kilmacleague Compensatory Wetland. Thanks to Denis for the picture.

Waterford County Council cordially invites you to the launch of
Corries, Caves and Coast- The  Geological Heritage of County Waterford
 A  publication on geology, geomorphology and the evolution
of the Co. Waterford landscape
An action of the Co. Waterford Heritage Plan 2013
Tuesday 3rd December at 7.00 p.m.
Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Knockmahon, Bunmahon
Launch by Cllr. Damien Geoghegan, Mayor, Waterford County Council.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Natural Heritage

A copy of Conserving our Natural Heritage, the County Waterford Local Biodiversity Action Plan 2008-2013 can be downloaded from the Waterford County Council website.
Thanks to Mary H for this picture taken on the Mount Juliet walk in September

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mount Congreve open day

Some pictures from the welcome Mount Congreve open day where the people of the southeast showed their interest in keeping this wildlife haven open to the public.

 Open on Thursdays until September, check out their website.

August Walk

Waterford Irish Wildlife Trust concludes its summer evening programme with a walk along the old railway line through Kilbarry Bog on Tuesday August 20th.   A great opportunity to appreciate an important wetland so near the city.  Walk leader for the evening is Denis Cullen who will tell us about the wildlife of this Special Area of Conservation (SAC).  Meeting point is the car park at Kilbarry Nature Park and starting time is 7 pm and the duration is approximately 1½ hours.  This is a family friendly event and all are welcome.   

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Coastwatch walk to Remediated wetlands at the Backstrand, Tramore

Karen Dubsky joined with local Coastwatch to walk from the Saleens to the new wetlands put aside/flooded to offset wetland loss elsewhere. For a full report click here.

Save our forests campaign successful

 Liam Lysaght from the Biodiversity Centre leads walk to Jenkinstown. Link here to the Save our Forests website. Coillte will now be merged with Bord na Mona instead of the timber harvesting rights being sold off to either the Chinese or a European consortium headed up by Bertie Aherne.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Hook Head walk

Hook Head  ( Rinn Dúbháin)  was the venue for the walk on May 12th. Themes included marine life, geology,  the colourful flora and some of the story of the unique Hook Peninsula.  Walk started and finished at the Hook Hd Visitor Centre.   
Thanks to Ray for leading the walk. 
We wish to apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced by the confusion over the April walk venue.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March Walk March 10th

The March walk takes place on Sunday March 10th  starting at 2 pm sharp  (tide doesn’t wait!!). The meeting point is the Community Hall on the waterfront.    The 2½ hour walk is along historic Crooke Beach from Passage East to Newtown Head near Woodstown.   Shore life, bird life and geology will all be encountered along the way.  Return is by road passing by Geneva Barracks and the Knights Templar site at Crooke.  Optional refreshments afterwards.  Underfoot along the beach is pebble and sand so strong footwear is advisable;  otherwise,  this is a very family friendly walk with much to see and enjoy.  051-382629, 083-106-7042 or

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Greet the Snowdrops

Spring is on the way and to greet the snowdrops, our February walk will be from Ballyhack, County Wexford to Dunbrody House and back on February 10th, a distance of 7 km. The meeting point for the walk will be at the Car ferry terminal at Passage East at 1.45 p.m. The time for the walk will be between 2 and 3 hours with optional tea at Dunbrody Country House. This is a family friendly event but dogs must be kept on a lead. The harbour, foreshore, marine life and early spring woods are all part of this gentle walk. telephone: 051-382629 for more information.

Details on the the snowdrop here from the National Biodiversity Centre.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Some TV links

Coillte TV has started uploading videos including Woodland Restoration
Until 20th February, you can look at the Abhainn series on RTE Player...this one on the river Blackwater
and here for the river Barrow
BBC 2 have a look at railways...Charleville to Waterford, tonight 18.30
Nationwide on Wednesday 6th February includes report on the Copper Coast

Saturday, January 5, 2013

January walk

January walk on Sunday 13th to Portlaw. Meeting point is Clongegam Church and start time is 2 pm sharp. The 2 hour walk is on country road and woodland trail and is family friendly. The walk will be co-guided by Mr John Crotty from Portlaw. Afterwards we go to the Portlaw Heritage Centre for a short visit. Directions for Clonegam: From Waterford drive through the village of Portlaw and then uphill past the entrance to Curraghmore Estate. Follow the road up and over the hill and at the bottom of the hill turn into the left to the church. Call 083-106-7042 if serious rain threatens.