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Field trip for Kilfinane students along Loobagh

Students from Kilfinane National School gathered along the banks of the River Loobagh in Limerick yesterday (Monday) as part of a new environmental education initiative being administered by Limerick City & County Council.

‘StreamScapes Loobagh’ is aimed at promoting the aquatic and biodiversity resources of the River Loobagh Catchment in south County Limerick.

The visit by the school children was followed later in the day by a visit to the river by members of the local community. The Kilfinane event is one of three taking place over the coming weeks with others scheduled for Ardpatrick on Monday 11th May and Kilmallock on Monday 18th May.

“The children and their teachers really enjoyed their exploration of the River Loobagh this week. Amongst the interesting wildlife species identified and documented on the stretch of river by the Well Road were salmon and trout fry, juvenile glass eel, or “elvers”, – all the way from the Saragossa Sea – and crayfish. They also found a range of stonefly and mayfly nymphs and cased caddis fly larvae which points towards a very high quality river environment at that location,” said Anne Goggin, Senior Executive Engineer with Limerick City and County Council.

“We are utilising the award-winning ‘StreamScapes’ programme to enable communities of the River Loobagh to learn about the important links between high status local water quality and human health, thriving socio-economy, higher value agricultural produce and biodiversity. We are excited to be producing this programme and encourage people to engage,” added Ms. Goggin.

The initiative is backed up by a dedicated local environmental booklet which is being distributed to communities in the Loobagh catchment area.

Upcoming Community Evenings:
– Mon 11th May, Ardpatrick: meet at 7pm in church car park. Visit to river followed by meeting and refreshments in the community hall.
– Mon 18th May Kilmallock: meet at 7pm in Car Park of Deebert House Hotel. Visit to river followed by meeting and refreshments afterwards in the hotel.

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