All we need now is some feathery tenants.
Lovely day for siting Nesting boxes, so that's exactly what James and Willie did today. So far, 10 boxes in place around the town. We have carefully marked in all the sites on a map and we will monitor the boxes for avian activity over the coming months. In the autumn, all the boxes will be revisited and cleared of nesting material etc.
All we need now is some feathery tenants.
The Men's Shed have just finished making 12 sturdy, long lasting weatherproof Nesting Boxes for our Killorglin Nesting Box 2014 project. Thanks Jack. They are lovely.
Just got to wait for a fine day now to put them up around the town.
THANK YOU to all the young helpers who came out in the rain with us on Saturday 9th November to put up signs on some of the trees on the Railway Walk. We identified Beech with its brown lingering leaves, Oak with its lovely ruffle leaves, Alder - the only deciduous tree to bear cones, beautifully formed and tiny, Birch, Sycamore with its spotty fungus leaves, the pine tree called Fir, Hawthorn with its spikes and vivid red berries, Rowan, Ash with its bunches of hanging seeds and finally the spindly Elder, which has a hollow stem. Why not take a stroll along the Railway Walk down to the Metal Bridge and check out our new signage en route (the signs are all at the beginning of the walk)? This walk is so peaceful, far away from road traffic and with great views from the bridge.
How wonderful what we have such biodiversity on our doorstep.
Get out and enjoy it.
We decided to highlight our Biodiversity Art Exhibition this weekend by organising several public events at the venue on the opening day.
Frank King returned to Killorglin to follow up on his earlier bird talk and this time,as last, Frank royally entertained and enlightened us with tales of the secret life of birds. He also invited us to think about joining BirdWatch Ireland - or at very least to go along and try out one of their outings. With Frank’s help, we also took the first steps towards forming a mid/south Kerry BirdWatch Ireland group.
Later in the day day we ran a Tree ID event for children which included us hanging identifying names on the various species of tree on the Railway Walk. Well done all you young intrepid tree seekers who braved the rains in search of Killorglin's tree biodiversity!
Finally, this was followed by an invitation to the community to come along to a party at the venue to celebrate the work of the students - we ate pizza and chips generously supplied by Peter Antioch of Apache Pizza, Brack kindly supplied by O'Sullivan's Bakery and an amount of other delicious goodies laid on by the KTT team. A big THANK YOU to all the students who participated in this project.
No, these students are not putting the finishing touches to their Christmas Plum Pudding! They are applying autumn leaves to a solid base in a random but beautiful pattern. The finished piece of artwork will be one of the exhibits in our Biodiversity Art Exhibition that takes place in Chapel on the Hill here in Killorglin over the weekend of 9, 10 and 11 November 2013. See if you can spot it amongst all the other interesting and surprising pieces of creativity on display at the Chapel.....the exhibition is open to the public each day 12 noon to 6pm.Come along and see for yourself! You'll be well entertained.
BIODIVERSITY ART EXHIBITION hits Killorglin Town next weekend! This is an exhibition of artwork produced by some of our local students. Th schools involved in the event are Scoil Mhuire N.S., Killorglin Community College and Intermediate School Killorglin. This is part of Killorglin Tidy Towns Our Biodiversity: Killorglin 2013 project.
The science end of the project has been delivered by professional ecologist, Billy Flynn, who has visited the schools and taken the students out on field trips. Local artist, Mike Ahern has closely followed up on the science with work on interpreting what the students have learned of Killorglin’s biodiversity through facilitating a creative and artistic experience. This has been an exciting and dynamic process for the students and the fruits of their labours are forming a community biodiversity Art Exhibition.
Our exhibition is running over the weekend of 9/10 November and everyone is welcome to attend. On the Saturday Frank King will be visiting the venue at 12.30 and talking to us about local birds and at 2pm there will be an adventure event for children, Tree ID, where we will identify and label some of the trees growing in the town. Come along. It will be fun.
Date: Sat 9, Sun 10, Mon 11 November
Venue: Chapel on the Hill, Market Street, Killorglin
Times: 12 noon –6pm each day
The winds and rains have not slowed us down yet and last Saturday the volunteers wore their wellies and raincoats and headed out the Tralee Road to plants daffodil bulbs by the hundreds. Fingers crossed now for a glorious showing in the spring.
The same day we also hosted a biodiversity walk, Our Wild and Watery Woodlands, in the Astellas Nature Reserve near Cloon GAA pitch, along the Laune. And watery it was! Despite the saturating showers, 26 of us walked with ecologist Billy Flynn and learned a host if interesting facts about reeds and trees, bullrushes and leaves - amongst other things. He also entertained us will all sorts of folklore relating to things he showed us along the route. Just as our enthusiasm was flagging, we were revived by a woodland pit stop. A warming Hot Chocolate tastes even better in the rain! See our face book page if you don't believe me!
'OUR LIVING ENVIRONMENT' was held on Thursday 24th October 2013 in St. Michael's Hall. This was a presentation on how we can enhance the amount and variety of wildlife, plants and animals in and around the town. It was the third such event in a series of four. Billy Flynn, the Ecologist who is working on this project with KTT, introduced several people with specialist knowledge who shared their insights and ideas with an enthusiastic and interested audience (and good on them for coming out on such a wet and stormy night).
Following a welcoming cup of tea and some delicious homemade cake and buns, KTT Chairman, Donie O'Sullivan, talked briefly about our project on biodiversity and raising awareness within the community and its importance to us all.
Then the presentations began:
Micheál Ó Coileáin, Environmental Officer with Kerry County Council opened our eyes as to how we can lessen the thousands of tons of food wasted in shops, restaurants, schools, universities, factories and hospitals as well as in each of our homes. It was a real call to arms to examine our own behaviors and attitudes to waste.
Jane Jackson slightly scared us with talk and pictures of Japanese Knotweed and its devastating effect on our local biodiversity and how it can also cause real damage to the economy.
Niamh Ni Dhuill explained the Transition Movement and in particular Transition Kerry which aims to facilitate groups and
communities to become locally strong, resilient and to live sustainably.
Pat Curran, beekeeper, took us through the fascinating story of the different stages of a bee's life cycle. No wonder they say 'busy as a bee'!
Billy Downes, Laune Trout and Salmon Anglers' Association, spoke about fish and their environment, rivers and streams, feeder waterways, clean water and what we can do to impact Kerry and Ireland's fish stocks.
Not only was each short presentation enlightening it itself but strung together the talks showed us clearly how all aspects of our lives, our behaviours and the lives of the plants and creatures around us are deeply interconnected. It was quite a wake-up call to notice nature all around us. It was also a challenge to pay closer attention to how we treat our living environment. All in all, an evening much appreciated by the crowd who attended.
As part of the Our Biodiversity – Killorglin 2013 project, ecologist Billy Flynn led field trips around Killorglin with students from our local schools. These field trips were to look at different habitats around the town. On 2nd October, Billy led 2 separate groups of students from Killorglin Community College down to the banks of our lovely Laune. Here, with guidance from Billy, students investigated a series of questions regarding the riverbank –
Noticed the neat and clean Tralee Road lately? Well, were not finished yet but there's been a lot of sweating done from Steelroe in towards town on edging, weeding, sweeping, picking and pruning. And thanks to those Steelroe residents who came out and worked alongside us!