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Fascinating BioBlitz at Emy Lough There was a two day professionally led BioBlitz at the Lake last weekend when many species of wildlife and plants were recorded and celebrated. On Saturday members of Emyvale Tidy Towns, Donagh Development and Emy & District Anglers took part in several guided walks and workshops. Everyone's favourite session seems to have been the night time Bat Walk when five of Ireland's eight species were tracked around trees and water. On Sunday the Blitz was open to the public and those who attended learned many interesting facts about our local moths, birds and other creatures. Determined rooks were observed chasing off several buzzards from their tree top rookery. Freshly dug badger sets were noted near the entrance to the swimming area. Damselflies hovered iridescently in the sunlight. Some people took to the water to explore offshore and visit the site of the crannog. The weather was glorious and the enthusiasm of the speakers infectious. There are many people to thank for making this biodiversity weekend possible. Firstly thanks to Donagh Development, Emy & District Anglers and the Watterson family for allowing their facilities to be used. To have such well maintained amenities available to the community is much appreciated and something to be proud of. Huge thanks to CatchmentCARE for funding the BioBlitz and to Alan McCabe who represented them. Thanks to River Blackwater Catchment Trust chairman Dan Curley for attending and supplying the large marquee for the weekend. Thanks to Mary Lavery who represented Emyvale Development Association, Leo McMahon who assisted all weekend, and Bernie O’Flaherty and Ben Malone from the Local Waters Authority Programme. Special mention goes to the passionate environmentalists, Karl and Ross, who delivered all the workshops and tours with such insight and enthusiasm. Much appreciation for all of the local media who attended and gave great coverage: Rory Geary & Mary Flynn- Northern Standard; Peadar McMahon - emyvale.net; Noel Murphy -Northern Sound and Gary McEneany -Monaghan Pics. A big thank you to Enda Fields, Emyvale Tidy Towns, who liaised with all the various groups behind the scenes and was on hand all weekend. Finally thanks to all who attended or who helped out in any other way. It was a great example of inter-committee cooperation and a memorable community event. Thanks to Mary Flynn for this report and I agree with all she has said about the interesting and amazing event. It is just a pity that so many, who are interested in insect and plant life and our environment generally were unable to attend as they would have really enjoyed it. Photographs just cannot do justice to an event like this and hopefully the Tidy Towns committee can bring it back again.
Our pictures show the people involved and a couple of those who attended on the day. Also see some of the monster moths discovered at the Lake and a very young trout from the feeder river and some of the insects in the same river. Last image is a mother with her three young cygnets. I also want to assure everyone that what Enda is drinking from the hip flask is pure water with no additives and it was needed to quench his thirst on a very warm Summer day.
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Fascinating BioBlitz at Emy Lough There was a two day professionally led BioBlitz at the Lake last weekend when many species of wildlife and plants were recorded and celebrated. On Saturday members of Emyvale Tidy Towns, Donagh Development and Emy & District Anglers took part in several guided walks and workshops. Everyone's favourite session seems to have been the night time Bat Walk when five of Ireland's eight species were tracked around trees and water. On Sunday the Blitz was open to the public and those who attended learned many interesting facts about our local moths, birds and other creatures. Determined rooks were observed chasing off several buzzards from their tree top rookery. Freshly dug badger sets were noted near the entrance to the swimming area. Damselflies hovered iridescently in the sunlight. Some people took to the water to explore offshore and visit the site of the crannog. The weather was glorious and the enthusiasm of the speakers infectious. There are many people to thank for making this biodiversity weekend possible. Firstly thanks to Donagh Development, Emy & District Anglers and the Watterson family for allowing their facilities to be used. To have such well maintained amenities available to the community is much appreciated and something to be proud of. Huge thanks to CatchmentCARE for funding the BioBlitz and to Alan McCabe who represented them. Thanks to River Blackwater Catchment Trust chairman Dan Curley for attending and supplying the large marquee for the weekend. Thanks to Mary Lavery who represented Emyvale Development Association, Leo McMahon who assisted all weekend, and Bernie O’Flaherty and Ben Malone from the Local Waters Authority Programme. Special mention goes to the passionate environmentalists, Karl and Ross, who delivered all the workshops and tours with such insight and enthusiasm. Much appreciation for all of the local media who attended and gave great coverage: Rory Geary & Mary Flynn- Northern Standard; Peadar McMahon - emyvale.net; Noel Murphy -Northern Sound and Gary McEneany -Monaghan Pics. A big thank you to Enda Fields, Emyvale Tidy Towns, who liaised with all the various groups behind the scenes and was on hand all weekend. Finally thanks to all who attended or who helped out in any other way. It was a great example of inter-committee cooperation and a memorable community event. Thanks to Mary Flynn for this report and I agree with all she has said about the interesting and amazing event. It is just a pity that so many, who are interested in insect and plant life and our environment generally were unable to attend as they would have really enjoyed it. Photographs just cannot do justice to an event like this and hopefully the Tidy Towns committee can bring it back again.
Our pictures show the people involved and a couple of those who attended on the day. Also see some of the monster moths discovered at the Lake and a very young trout from the feeder river and some of the insects in the same river. Last image is a mother with her three young cygnets. I also want to assure everyone that what Enda is drinking from the hip flask is pure water with no additives and it was needed to quench his thirst on a very warm Summer day.