Limerick goes wild with urban BioBlitz

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Awareness: Sinead McDonnell
A NEW species of mammal was discovered in the cloud forests of Colombia last week and who knows what might happen when nature enthusiasts take to the streets of Limerick at the weekend to audit the wildlife on Shannonside.

A NEW species of mammal was discovered in the cloud forests of Colombia last week and who knows what might happen when nature enthusiasts take to the streets of Limerick at the weekend to audit the wildlife on Shannonside.

The Limerick Urban BioBlitz takes place over a 24-hour period from 5pm on Friday to 5pm on Saturday and is an initiative of the City Council, Limerick City Centre Tidy Towns and the National Biodiversity Database Centre.

Members of the public are invited to join wildlife experts and ecologists to identify and document everything from butterflies and birds to flowers and fungi.

The event aims “to promote the abundance of animal and plant life in Limerick city and in doing so increase public awareness of the importance of biodiversity in urban areas”, said Sinead McDonnell, environmental awareness officer, Limerick City Council.

“Biodiversity is all living things from the tiniest insect to the largest tree on view on People’s Park. Our health, economy and quality of life depend on a healthy environment rich in biodiversity. Here in Limerick city, its presence is everywhere, in our parks and gardens, by our roadsides,and in our rivers and streams,” she added.

Events open to the public include a bat talk by conservation ranger Elaine Keegan at the Savoy Hotel at 7.15pm on Friday; moth-viewing and trapping at the People’s Park at 11.30am on Saturday and a display of birds of prey also at the People’s Park from 11.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday.

And art workshops for children take place at Limerick City Gallery of Art from 12 noon to 1,30pm.

Those interested in documenting species, which will be inputted into the biodiversity database, are asked to contact Ms McDonnell on 061 496367 or smcdonnell@limerickcity.ie until Friday.