The Plassey River Walk and a beauty of a Shannon is examined by Albert Nolan

Scenic perspective of a River Shannon on a Plassey River Walk

The Plassey River Walk and a beauty of a Shannon is examined by Albert Nolan

Going out on inlet walks with other people who are as ardent and meddlesome in inlet as oneself, can be enjoyable. You get to see a informed landscape by their eyes, and this can exhibit another of nature’s dark layers.

Sean Hartigan, Co-ordinator of An Taisce Living Limerick, was penetrating to uncover me partial of his Limerick, and we assimilated him for a healthy story travel along a River Shannon, on a Plassey River Walk. Sean has been bustling for a final few years, enchanting with people and communities and enlivening them to conduct outward and correlate with nature. Like myself, Sean believes that we need to have some-more hit with nature, and this has many advantages for a mental and earthy health. 

The really permitted robin

The day was dry, and a uninformed appetite of open was in a river, trees and birds. We parked by a vessel bar in UL, and with my dual kids in tow, headed off for an afternoon of exploring.  This travel is really informed to Sean, as he complicated in Thomond College of Education and UL, gaining a Bachelor of Science in Education. His seductiveness in a sourroundings started during a immature age, and he was a initial member of a initial UL environmental society. 

He good remembers cycling out along a path, and in a summer months, fishing. Sean explains that cycling or walking is a good approach to knowledge nature, and this is something he is penetrating to foster and support. It also reduces a series of automobile trips, and this has a certain outcome on shortening a impacts of meridian change.

The Shannon opens out into a extended brush producing one of a best views of a river. Sean explains that this was creatively a towpath. Horses pulled cargo-laden barges and changed during a healthy pace. My kids jokingly pronounced that a hundred years later, we are relocating slower than horses. 

He explains that there are so many pleasing healthy amenities, in and around Limerick city, and we contingency work tough to safeguard opening for all. Walks are there for all to suffer from families to runners. The summary is solemnly removing through, and via a day we saw kids on glossy new bikes, nonetheless to get their initial benediction of mud.

The prolonged purple catkins of alder are unresolved from a branches. This is a local class and supports vast class of insects and birds. Sean believes that we need to plant some-more local class in a gardens and parks, to feed pollinators and birds, and his Living Limerick workshops has a thesis of formulating habitats for wildlife. Not each child has an seductiveness in an organized sport, and a healthy universe is a good place to stay active and interested.  

As we travel along, he points out a conflicting class of birds that live a trees. Wrens, robins, dunnock, chaffinch, good tit, magpie, and migrant redwing are all bustling singing and feeding. Blackbirds are feeding on a developed berries of ivy, and this healthy appetite is essential, as they build adult for a tact season.           

The fishing used to be good here, and Sean mostly held dart and bream in deeper water. Fishing is something that we pass down by a generations, and gripping a stream open and permitted is essential. We paused to discuss with a masculine fishing who tells us he has been opening here for years. As with all fishermen, he has tales of a vast locate that got away.     

I had mostly beheld a small pool on a conflicting side of a path. we never realised that is as combined by a digging for clay, and that it is a slightest 20 feet deep. Sean says that this is a good place to locate trench. It is now home to a singular swan. 

A small group of birds is relocating in a field, and we brand them as fieldfares. These are winter migrants who come here for a amiable continue and annuity of berries. There are many cygnets along a river, recognizable by a brownish-red on their wings.           

Across a stream a group of Lapwings takes flight. Their black and white plumage changes with each wingbeat. A unique jackdaw distant from his civic home passes overhead.

Sean points out to a uninformed expansion of wildflowers by a corner of a path. Some people see wildflowers as weeds. Broad-leaved dock, narrow-leaved plantain and nettles all support butterflies and their caterpillars. Helping inlet is all about withdrawal a small space for flowers to grow, in your garden or community.        

To a continual screeching of black-headed gulls, we reached a Guinness Bridge where 3 people are carrying a chat. Nature, as Sean puts it, is a genuine amicable event.    

We motionless to take a trail towards Corbally, with customarily a few protests from a kids. The uninformed yellow flowers of obtuse celandine are usually opening. While inlet can be enjoyed via a year, this is one of a best times, as each quadruped and plant is stirring from a winter slumber. 

A cormorant flies along a stream with absolute wing beats. Sean is gay to see that a small timber of alder and birch have been planted. These seeds of these trees with attract flocks of siskins and redpolls. 

We paused during a Borough marker, and Sean shows a kids how to place a indent on a marker. This is for a protected journey, and he remembers doing this himself as a child. 

This partial of a travel is many busier, and we met lots of people. Most are fast walking along with headphones and blank out on a abounding nature. In a field, we see plump woodpigeons, and long-tailed titties are marching by a branches.   

Sean and Harry paused to feed a robin. He is really tame and would eat from your hand. We reckon he has been feed by other walkers. A masculine Blackbird is foraging by a murky field, in hunt of worms. 

Plants are essential for wildlife, and we find privet that is good for a caterpillars of moths and buddleia for butterflies. 

We paused to discuss with a masculine and his grandson. They are feeding a horse’s unfeeling and fruit. we had never seen a equine assimilate tomatoes with siphon penchant before. With a ignorance of youth, his grandson thinks that he owns a horses. More relatives and kids stop to admire a horses. While a kids feed a horses and play with one another, a adults chat. This is another of a good advantages of An Taisce Living Limerick programme; it creates a protected space where adults from all traditions and backgrounds can meet, and get to know one another. Nature can assistance formation in a society.         

While a equine is entertaining, we mark a fascinating bird in a field. Jackdaws are customarily all black, though a one we are looking during is scarcely all white. Jackdaws can have a varying grade of white, quite in civic areas.   

The really surprising white jackdaw

The Riverbank is lined with a linear timber of birch and alder birch. These have sprung adult as natures hand, and seem distant some-more healthy than a rows of planted ash. A singular hazel breaks adult a charcoal outland. Ash trees are full of insects, and a small spark tit is holding full advantage. 

Three ash trees have been planted, and Sean explains that this is a work of a stream trail volunteers. They do extensive intentional work, gripping a stream clean, by picking adult spawn to planting local trees and flowers and workshops.    

Giving your many changed apparatus of time and appetite to strengthen inlet is a good approach to be active in your community. Sean is really concerned in Birdwatch Limerick, An Taisce, Limerick Bat Group and a Green Party.      

A shrill dash was heard, and we could see a dog holding a drop in a water. He ran past us jolt H2O everywhere. Sean was lifted around dogs, and his father was a universe champion during lifting well-spoken fox terriers.      

Sean produces his camera and snaps a few shots of a gulls. They are generally black headed, with a trace of obtuse black-backed, common gulls and a few mallards. Photography is another good approach to learn about and suffer nature.   

Sean has a penetrating seductiveness in Limericks history. He points out some houses that were built during a construction of Shannon airport. They have an American character open front gardens, and it was envisaged that a managers from Shannon competence be enticed to pierce in. 

Two mature beech and sycamore trees line a path. Old trees are such changed healthy resources and as they age many minibeast, birds, and fungi pierce in for a final cemetery shift. Lots of garden cuttings have been left by a bottom of a trees. While many of this is submissive and will eventually mangle down, Sean outlines that we need to be clever around introducing plants to a furious that could turn invasive.  

Plants that can be tranquil in a garden, though can take on an assertive nature, when introduced to a countryside. Japanese knotweed that was brought in and introduced as a belligerent cover plant is one example. 

We strech a Corbally baths where Sean swam here in his youth. While a object is out a H2O is freezing, we where calm to admire a perspective from a path. Two ominous signs have been put adult revelation a story of a area and pity some of a wildlife.  

Just before a steel footbridge, we mark a womanlike tufted duck. He is a pleasing looking bird and really tame. Sean points out a stays of a troops regard box. It is cold and waste and still has not been coated in lichens and mosses. 

The sound of a H2O increases as we travel beside a indent race. Underneath a soaring beech and Lime trees, a initial leaves of duke and ladies are emerging. A high wall protects a tip garden, and a owners is ostensible to have won several awards, for her work. It’s a genuine contrition that we can’t get a view. 

We strech a indent highway and review a story and wildlife displayed on signs. Even Billy, a peacock, gets a mention, though he is not around today. There are copiousness of birds, and we count 34 mallards, 15 jackdaws and several cormorants. Some are station with wings outstretched, and this is suspicion to assistance digest their meals.    

A turmoil conflicting during a distant bank, has us reaching for a binoculars. Two cormorants are fighting over a stays of a large eel. The grey herons are gripping a tighten watch, and watchful for an eventuality to waylay a fish. 

Tufted ducks

A Man appears, and he asks if we are looking during a otters. He has lived here for 57 years and desired to see a otters. He knows a Shannon in all a moods and has a many fanciful perspective from his sitting room windows. A lifetime ago he used to hunt ducks and asked us did we see any tufted ducks. Our answer of customarily a handful, brings behind a memory from him, of saying over 400 tufted ducks. The decrease of common birds over a final era is another reason; we need to highlight, a vicious healthy amenity of a River Shannon.

With small and large legs starting to get sleepy and hungry, we take a Mill highway towards timber Island. The houses here are large and with gardens to match. 

Many of these gardens are mature, with copiousness of trees, and this creates a good medium for birds. On a aged indent wall around beech park house, ivy-leaved toadflax and Pellitory of a wall are flowering. Overhead on an elect wire, we see a starling singing, and residence sparrows are job from a garden hedge.

There is a bit of colour in a gardens, and Sean points out white/pink flowers of winter viburnum. Heather is also blooming, and if a amiable continue continues, it competence tempt out an early black bumblebee. Pittosporum creates a excellent every-green sidestep that birds can roost and preserve in. 

We pass a masculine perched on a wall, and in a midst of perplexing to interpretation a Christmas lights from a tree. Cotoneaster still has a few red berries, though many have been eaten by a birds. Sean encourages everybody to boar during slightest one berried brush or tree this spring. He will be holding workshops on formulating habitats in your garden, or immature space this open around Limerick.

Before we leave a Mill road, Sean shows us dual really engaging features. One is humanmade and a other a celebrating of an critical victory. The initial is an look-out in a roof of a Quakers house. we am hostile and would adore to have one in my house.

The second is an inscription, on a opening post to a house. It reads Indiaville. The story goes that an aged Colonel, who served in India, lived in a house. He planted a wellingtonia tree, to applaud a better of Napoleon in 1812, during a conflict of Waterloo. There are so many stories and lives, right along a city streets that we are not wakeful off, and it good to have someone exhibit them.               

We cranky onto Corbally highway and come conflicting a tallest financial tree we have ever seen. It dominates a garden and what a fanciful tree it is. Across a road, we count 20 untamed pigeons on a roof.  We strech Grove Island, and a dish disappears quickly.

Feeling rested we conduct behind down to a waterway trail and a tour behind home. Pa Healy’s pool is alive with coots, black-headed gulls and dual seemly tongue-tied swans. A strain thrush is singing, and masculine blackbird hops conflicting a path.

As we potter along, we see copiousness of people out walking. An aged masculine is display his dog to dual kids and their parents. Sean reminds me again that this amicable communication is executive to any healthy amenity.

To a singing of a robin, we strech Guinness Bridge and finish a loop. Some kind essence has put adult bird feeders, and a pleasing span of collared doves are feeding. Wrens are also feeding on a ground. On a feeders there are good and spark tit, masculine chaffinch and a long-tailed tit. Rooks and magpies wait patiently for us to pierce before they come down

We all need to be closer to nature, and feeding birds during a winter is a good approach to assistance them. The final mile is parsimonious for everyone, and generally for a small legs of Harry and Lucy, and they did us unapproachable currently by adhering with a walk.

This is a illusory looped travel and interjection to Sean for pity and divulgence a wildlife, story and life stories.

There is an arriving eventuality with An Taisce, and Living Limerick on Feb 2nd 11 am holding place at Castletroy Neighbourhood Park conflicting Castletroy College. Sean Hartigan, co-ordinator Living Limerick is looking to rivet communities around training how to emanate wildlife homes habitats in your garden and village that will attract, feed and preserve wildlife. These embody record piles, hedgehog homes, bird boxes, bat boxes and insect hotels. Suitable for all ages. If we would like to organize an eventuality in your area email Sean Hartigan during [email protected]

Comments/Questions to [email protected] or 089 4230502. Albert is also accessible to give walks/talks to schools, neat towns, and girl and village groups.

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