Two free Illustrated Talks on the Mulkear River and Nature Conservation

As part of a large European funded programme to aid nature conservation in the River Mulkear Catchment, there are two illustrated talks open to the public later this month.

Both talks will take place at the Community Centre in Cappamore (behind the Fire Station). All talks will commence at 8.00pm and admission to the talks is free of charge.

The first talk is titled “Biodiversity Within The Mulkear Catchment – The Perspective of Conservation Rangers” is the title of the third talk on Wednesday, 22nd September with Ms. Elaine Keegan and Dr. Aine Lynch as guest speakers. Ms. Keegan and Dr. Lynch are employed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) as Conservation Rangers. Biodiversity loss is one of the biggest single threats facing the world today and the UN has declared 2010 as International Year of Biodiversity. Ms. Keegan and Dr. Lynch will illustrate the rich biodiversity found within the region and will outline the work of the NPWS to prevent the loss of biodiversity from the unique and insightful perspective of a conservation ranger.

On Wednesday 29th September there will be a second talk by Mr. Ruairí Ó Conchúir entitled “Farming for Conservation in the Mulkear Catchment”. Mr. Ó Conchúir is Project Manager of MulkearLIFE. His talk will focus on the work of MulkearLIFE to build a partnership-based approach within the local farming community to implement practical cost effective ways through which river water quality on farms can be improved. The illustrated talk will draw on lessons from other High Nature Value farmland areas in Ireland and Scotland where farming for conservation approaches are proving successful. His talk should be of particular interest to local farmers.

Further information regarding any of the talks may be obtained from the project website: info or from the MulkearLIFE project / Inland Fisheries Ireland (Limerick) on telephone 061 300 238 / 087 062 5582.

LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU, as well as in some candidate, acceding and neighbouring countries. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 3104 projects, contributing approximately €2.2 billion to the protection of the environment

The Main Project Objective Of the Mulkear Life Project is to restore degraded habitats along stretches of the Mulkear River, in order to protect populations of Sea Lamprey, Atlantic Salmon and the European Otter.