Waterways for wildlife

Waterways For Wildlife

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 2018 we are delivering the programme at biodiversity hubs along the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal in counties Kildare and Laois. 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 canal this programme seeks to illustrate the importance of our waterways as biodiversity corridors as well as training communities in biodiversity monitoring skills.

 

 

In 2018 our Waterways for Wildlife project will be focussing on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal. We will be running event in county Laois and Kildare. See below and our event page for details.

18th August, 11:00 - Vicarstown, Co Laois - Waterways for Wildlife: Vicarstown Details

19th August, 11:00  - Athy, Co Kildare - Waterways for Wildlife: Athy Event Details

 

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.

List of species recorded along the Grand Canal by community groups involved

Crayfish Naas

 

Fairy Flax

Fairy Flax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

 

 

Swallow

Swallow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Project is supported by Waterways Ireland under the Heritage Plan Grant

Waterways Ireland