All you need is a raincoat and some sturdy boots.
Cork Nature Network is inviting the public to explore the wetlands of Tramore Valley Park in celebration of World Wetlands Day this weekend.
The event, supported by Cork City Council and the Tramore Valley Park Advisory Group, is scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd, from 12pm to 2pm, and promises to be an enriching experience for nature enthusiasts and the curious alike.
Tramore Valley Park, once a river valley shaped by the confluence of the Trabeg and Tramore rivers, boasts a rich history of transformation.
An extensive wetland area, formerly known as Carrolls Bog, witnessed peat-cutting activities before its repurposing as a landfill. Despite the substantial alterations over the years, a portion of the park has reverted to a wetland, serving as a vital habitat for various bird species, insects, and plants.
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Ecologist Pascal Sweeney, renowned for his expertise in aquatic and terrestrial ecology in Ireland, will bring to life the world of this critical habitat with a guided walk through the wetland area, providing insights into the significance of these ecosystems and shedding light on the imperative need for their preservation.
“Participants are encouraged to bring comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate attire, and a sense of curiosity,” they told us.
“The event promises a unique blend of education and exploration, providing a deeper understanding of the wetlands of Tramore Valley Park. Meeting point at Weigh bridge car park.”
Register here to go along.
More fun on Sunday
On Sunday, a second event will meet at the bridge at the bottom of the Zigzag at Ballyhooley Road Car Park at 11am for Gleann a’ Phúca’s Ordinary Gifts, a participatory experience exploring the life of the river, through fine-tuning your awareness, playful activities and interactions.
“Activities on the day will be lively and varied to suit February weather … a short walk to observe the river’s trees, plants, and birds leading to the playful creation of a web of life to better understand its wetlands ecosystem.” they told us.
This walk will end with a visit to a well to mark St Bridget’s Day.
You can sign up for that one here.