Our Waterways for Wildlife programme consists of a series of events run by the IWT along the canals with input from Waterways Ireland staff, Local Authorities and Tidy Towns groups. In 2017 we delivered the programme at three biodiversity hubs along the Grand Canal in counties Offaly, Kildare and Dublin. At each hub IWT staff and volunteers conducted a wildlife survey of a stretch of the waterway, during which the local community play a full role in documenting the natural heritage found. By teaching local communities how to document the natural heritage at these three location along the Grand Canal this programme seeks to illustrate the importance of our waterways as biodiversity corridors as well as training communities in biodiversity monitoring skills.
In 2017 we ran our Waterways for Wildlife programme along the Grand Canal with workshops in County Offaly, Kildare and Dublin. We would like to thank the community groups that hosted this years workshops listed below;
16th August - Offaly Workshop at Pollagh (hosted by Pollagh Tidy Towns)
16th September - South Dublin Workshop (hosted by Clondalkin Tidy Towns)
20th September - Kildare Workshop Nass (hosted by Naas Tidy Towns)
During this years Waterways for Wildilfe programme we found an array of fantastic Natural Heritage along the Grand Canal. See some images below.
This Project is supported by Waterways Ireland under the Heritage Plan Grant