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..
The Maigue Rivers Trust in collaboration with Granagh Development Association invite you to an outdoor, free family fun-day to get to know the Glasha River. On Friday, 20th of Aug, 12 - 3pm, in Granagh Village Meet with the Maigue Rivers Trust & Inland Fisheries Ireland for a family fun-day to find out more about the Glasha River and what lives in the river. Pond dipping Nature walk Nature drawing Farming beside the river Advice on how to protect the river habitat This event is kindly supported by LAWPRO and their Community Water Development..
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 Maigue Rivers Trust is all about celebrating the rivers and people who live in the catchment. One of the projects we are working on is gathering stories from local people living in the catchment. Trudy Reardon is from Knocklong, and she has very kindly sent in a short piece about what you can find if you visit Knocklong. Trudy Reardon of Knocklong up on the Galtees. The river in Knocklong is the Drumcamoge that eventually becomes the Camogue River in Knockainey. The Camoge joins the Maigue River just south of Croom. Walk Knocklong Hill - by Trudy Reardon You can park your car at the Community Hall and head up the Old Road. Once past some houses, the road rises quite steeply to the Old Graveyard entrance. There is plenty of birdlife, Jays, Sparrows, Finches and song to accompany you with blackthorn, whitethorn, celandines and ferns galore. The graveyard cannot be seen from this point, but you can see the remains of a..
The Maigue Rivers Trust is delighted to have secured funding from Creative Ireland Made in Limerick to work with communities in the Maigue Rivers Trust catchment who are interested in knowing more about their local natural environment. Do you want to find out about what animals, plants and insects are in your locality? We are working with biodiversity consultant, Geoff Hunt, and we want to hear from local communities who would like Geoff to visit and do a guided nature walk with them. On Saturday, 12th or Sunday 13th September (weather dependent) Geoff will meet your group (maximum 10 people) and will take you on a COVID compliant walk of your public areas and show you the secret and amazing world of autumn nature. Geoff will then compile a report and send it on to the group leader that you can then use for various community projects, e.g. tidy town assessments, Green-school projects, general nature awareness, etc. We can’t offer..
- 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