In May and June 2022, the Maigue Rivers Trust secured funding from LAWPRO's Community Development Water Fund and Limerick City and County Council - Kilmallock & Cappmore Municipal Fund allocation - to start giant hogweed control measures on the Morningstar River between Elton and Ballyvolane near Bruff. Giant Hogweed is not only an aggressive alien invasive species but it is also a human health hazard due to the severe skin burns the plant sap causes when combined with UV sunlight. The poster below shows the extent of the plant's spread down the Morningstar as it colonizes the river bank downstream towards Bruff. Knotweed Ireland Services was the company that carried out the majority of the work and a few landowners were able to carry out their own control measures. The Giant Hogweed control work needs to be a multiannual project (est. 5 years for the Morningstar R.) until the plant's seed bank is exhausted. Future funding is..
Are you interested in learning more about the health of your local stream and river and finding out about where your drinking water comes from? On Saturday 26th of March - 1:30 to 3pm - the Maigue Rivers Trust is hosting a citizen science picnic in Lough Gur visitor park where we will demonstrate how you can do a simple chemistry test for nutrients in your local stream and river. We will also look at the fascinating water insects that can indicate good and poor water quality. This is a free event and is suitable for everyone to attend. Register here so we know how many sandwiches and snacks to..
Click here to download the latest newsletter from Maigue Rivers Trust that details our projects from the past 12 months. Many thanks to our director, Catherine Dalton, for compiling the..
On the 5th June, the Maigue Rivers Trust was delighted to have Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn, lecturer and freshwater research scientist from UCD’s School of Biology and Environmental Science, visit the upper reaches of Loobagh River in Kilfinane to train-the-trainers on how to teach freshwater biomonitoring to citizen scientists. The aim of all of us who care for our waterbodies is to grow the team of people across Ireland who want to monitor the water quality status of our streams and share our findings. In Ireland, our streams make up around 75% of all water channels and all these streams flow into our rivers, lakes and then estuaries and seas. These streams are extremely valuable and essential but they are vulnerable to pollution and they need to be monitored and protected for the survival and benefit of every living being. For years scientists all over the world have used the presence and abundance of river fly larvae, snails, worms and..
The Trust is currently in the process of applying for LEADER fund training opportunities and we need to consult with you, the people and communities. Currently, the Maigue is running two surveys that will run from 5th - 15th of August 2020. Survey 1. The Maigue Rivers Trust would like to organise wildlife-based training opportunities for individuals and communities living in or close to the Maigue Catchment. To find out what you are interested in, we would be very grateful if you could fill out this short survey (it will take you less than 5 minutes - possibly just 3 minutes - to fill it out). To get a broad opinion from as many people as possible, please share this post with your friends and family. Click here for the Survey 1 link. Survey 2. The Maigue Rivers Trust is also running a survey for tourism based businesses in the catchment. The Maigue Rivers Trust wants to collaborate with local tourism businesses to develop and..
- Maigue Rivers Trust Newsletter 5 (2021-2022) November 2, 2022
- Morningstar River Giant Hogweed Control Project 2022 October 6, 2022
- Heritage Week 2022 July 29, 2022
- Discover the Biodiversity of the River Maigue by Kayak May 9, 2022
- Citizen Science Picnic in Lough Gur- 26th March 2022 March 10, 2022