23 July 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Everyone is welcome to a day of discovering and learning about nature in Rossmore Park this Sunday 25th July as Monaghan Tidy Towns holds the first of two Bioblitzes as part of their work on water quality. The Bioblitz is funded under CatchmentCARE. CatchmentCARE (Community Actions for Resilient Eco-systems) aims to improve freshwater quality in cross-border river basins across three cross-border catchments through the development of water quality improvement projects in the Finn, Blackwater and Arney catchments.

The day will be led by ecologist Karl Hamilton on behalf of CatchmentCare and will involve talks, guided walks and workshops from 10am with a break between 1.30pm and 2.30pm and finishing at 5.30pm. Included in the plans for the day will be a guided bird walk, animal tracking workshop, guided botanical walk, moth identification, guided invertebrate walk and an invertebrate identification workshop.

Tidy Towns Chairperson Emer Brennan says that the event promises to be a great experience for young and old and for families. “People can attend for the full day or pick and choose which workshops or walks they wish to attend. Rossmore Park is a fantastic resource for recreation and for learning and we are very fortunate in Monaghan Town to have such a resource on our doorstep.

The way we treat the environment around us comes back to bite us in the quality of our water and we clearly need to learn about and appreciate the nature and biodiversity around us better judging by recent EPA reports that saw water quality of 60 per cent of rivers in the NS region as unsatisfactory with Monaghan faring worst with 41 of the 56 rivers deemed to be of moderate or poor quality.” There is no need to register in advance for the event…..

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