The classic liberal perspective is that good management of society and the environment depends on the enthusiasm, altruism and cooperation of individuals and groups. Each person and organization contributes what they can in terms of time, expertise, facilities, skills and resources. From the melting-pot of ideas, talent and community work, a better and more sustainable world will emerge. Today we use the term ‘networking’ as a way of describing the interaction and sense of community that can bring together a plethora of apparently disconnected groups. At Cabragh Wetlands we have invested a lot of time in bringing a range of individuals and organizations together to pool their strengths and share their ideas as we try to build a better future.
For this reason we are delighted to have begun to work more closely with the Irish Wildlife Trust, which has a national perspective, plus expertise and resources that are beyond the means of many local organizations. In turn the IWT cannot operate without the input and local knowledge of individuals and community groups. The IWT is setting up a Tipperary branch, and an early project will be to contribute to their Newt Survey.
The survey’s coordinator, Kieran Flood, tells us that the smooth newt is Ireland’s only newt species. Because of wetland drainage and destruction in the last few decades, plus domestic and transport growth, this rare native amphibian has lost much of its habitat, so the survey is being run to determine the current distribution of the smooth newt and to learn more about their ecology and habitat preferences.
Another important aim of the survey is to raise public awareness of the smooth newt and wetland conservation. To this end the IWT is seeking volunteers to help survey their local area, with an informative training day that will focus on amphibians, plus the ecology and identification of newts. There will be a number of training days across the country in March, with Saturday March 19th provisionally booked for Cabragh Wetlands. Details will be confirmed nearer the time, but try to keep the day free.
This is a great chance for the interested folk of Tipperary to help out with this important national project while improving their personal knowledge and understanding of our local environment. Whether you are a professional ecologist, an interested amateur who would like a good project to share with your family, or a teacher who might involve their class in some valuable field work, this is a great chance for you to get involved … and to network with similarly minded folk.
My spies tell me that RTE had an item this week on a national frog count. As amphibians, frogs and newts share a winter of semi-hibernation, laying eggs in water and seeing their adults emerge via a tadpole stage. The skills we might learn from the newt survey about sampling, counting and recording to produce valid scientific data, will help with the frog count. This is a great chance to network and learn, and to do our bit to work with other organizations and individuals to build a sustainable future. At Cabragh Wetlands we eagerly await the emergence of the frogs over the next few weeks – come out and hear the cacophony!
1990 Bridge Club
Results, Monday 14-2-11.
1st, Catherine Harty and Catherine Reynolds.
2nd, Ann Burke and Geraldine Morrissey.
3rd, Paddy Barry and Liam Harris,
4th Joint, Hannah Devaney and Mary O’Neill, Eileen Murphy and Ann Sheahan.
There are seats available on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje leaving on June 4th. The total cost of this seven day trip is 629 euro. A deposit of 50 euro secures a seat. For further details contact John Connors, 086 2752634