The Galway branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust will host a guided walk at Derryclare Wood in Connemara at 2pm on Sunday October 21st. The walk will be led by local National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Dermot Breen.
Derryclare Nature Reserve is a 19-hectare protected area on the shores of Derryclare Lough, best known for its old oak woodland. In 2005, 19 red squirrels were introduced to the wood as part of a translocation project, and they have been doing well ever since.
The walk is expected to last between 2-3 hours and features stunning woodland with deciduous and coniferous trees, lakes and great views of the 12 Bens. The terrain is a mix of forest track, rough woodland and wet open hill so those attending are advised to bring rain gear and comfortable walking footwear with strong ankle support.
The wood is located about 20 km (12 mi) east of Clifden, Connemara, on the shores of Derryclare Lough in the Inagh Valley, near Recess on the N59 Galway Road. Leaving Galway, take the N59 towards Clifden. After Recess turn right towards Letterfrack on to the R344. The entrance to the wood is about 2.5km up on the left-hand side.
The event is free, and all IWT members and the general-public are welcome to attend, however booking is essential as numbers may be restricted due to availability of parking spaces and general health & safety, so we ask that you please email us in advance to add your name to the attendee list.
Special Notice – Because red deer and sheep can be found in the wood, it is advised that dogs be tightly leashed at all times or left at home.