autumn 2021 schedule

Our autumn 2021 programme kicked off with an introductory session on Monday 11 October. Tom Carolan introduced the many groups from around County Mayo – almost 50 people logged in to the Zoom session. Ken and Martin introduced themselves and outline what is to come during the coming months – online sessions and field visits to a six different locations in the next 6 weeks or so. This was followed by a lively Q&A session with a lot of questions being asked about topics that will be covered in the course of the upcoming talks. So we are off to a good start!

A second online Zoom session took place on Monday 18 October 2021 beginning at 18:30 and running for approximately one hour and a half.

This will cover the basics of water in Mayo – from the Ice Age to the present day – how do our local catchments work? There will also be an introduction to the basic principles of ecology – the plants and animals in our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. What forces control them and how they interact with each other.

The field sessions are planned for the weekends of:

30 October (Carrowniskey),

13/14 November (Belcarra, Castlebar, Lough Carra)

4/5 December (Kiltimagh, Ballyhaunis, Swinford)

11 December (Curraun, Achill)

These field days will involve sampling the rivers, examining the plants and animals and generally getting ‘down and dirty’

DayDateRiverFor participants from:
Sat Oct 30thCarrowniskey South Clew Bay group (Louisburgh, Killeen, Delphi valley)
SatNov 13thManulla/MeanderBelcarra, Castlebar
SunNov 14thLough Carra, Annie’sCommunities around Lough Carra.
SatDec 4thPollagh/GloreKiltimagh, Ballyhaunis, Swinford
SunDec 5thStraide & Moy Straide, Foxford, Ballina, Knockmore.
Sat Dec 11thCurraunNorth Clew Bay group (Newport, Corraun, Mulranny, Achill)
Locations for the upcoming field sessions

The programme will continue in Spring 2022 with lots more field work and classroom sessions aimed at developing local water-related projects around the county.