Please find below details of next weekend’s field trips Sat/Sun 4/6 December from 9:30 to 14:00. In the afternoon 14:00 to 16:00 Ken and I would be pleased to visit areas of particular areas of interest in the catchment or neighbouring catchments, which participants would like us to visit and have us comment on.
On Saturday we will visit Kiltimagh starting with the Pollagh river and then Kilkelly to the Trimoge River and if time permits to Urlaur Lough. On Sunday we will visit Straide, The Gweestion River and Lough Cullen. In the case of rivers, access for sampling may be flow-dependent if we get significant rainfall before the weekend. In this event we will seek out shallower waters.
This trip is aimed mainly at locals of the Kiltimagh/ Kilkelly and Straide/Foxford areas but all are welcome (including people who may not yet have attended our Zoom sessions). The Zoom sessions will continue later in the year and into 2022. There will also be more field trips across the county in 2022.
Below you will also find details of the clothing / footwear etc. which you might bring with you to the field course. Please bring with you what you will require by way of drinks (water / coffee / tea etc.) and a packed lunch, as the sampling sites may not be located convenient to shops/ coffee shops.
Please see attached a Covid 19 tracing form, which you might be kind enough to fill out and bring with you to the course.
If you have family members, friends or colleagues who would like to join us they are very welcome!! You might ask them to also complete a Covid tracing form.
Ken and Martin
Project website: http://mayo.waters-project.com/,
+353 87 2526639
Mayo Communities Caring for Water
Field Course – Saturday & Sunday 4/5 December, 2021.
· On Saturday 4th we will meet from 09.15 onwards, at the Kiltimagh GAA Pitch Car Park in Kiltimagh (see map below or Google 53.8484891,-9.0133865).
· On Sunday 5th we willmeet from 09.15 onwards, outside Straide National School (see map below or Google 53.9294351,-9.1277267)
· On both days we will visit a number of locations with some interesting sites that we hope you will enjoy.
· Clothing and Footwear: Warm, waterproof clothing and if you have them, thigh waders / body waders. Otherwise please wear wellingtons. Please note that normally waders / body waders are required for sampling across the width of a stream.
· Water Safety: The water we will be sampling will be shallow (20cm to 50cm) and life jackets are not essential, however, if you have one, you are strongly encouraged to wear a life jacket during the course. Please note spare life jackets will not be available.
· Recording: Notepad, clip board and pencils and if you have one, a X5 or X10 hand lens
· We will provide all sampling equipment e.g. trays, buckets etc.
· Biosecurity – could you please make sure any nets, trays or footwear you are bringing with you are completely dry or thoroughly disinfected. If you normally carry a disinfectant spray (https://virkon.com
Photos: We plan to take some photographs during the course for use on social media and for promotional purposes. If you would prefer not to be photographed or to have your photo used in reporting on the course or publicising future courses, please do let us know.
· Health Issues: If you have any health issues we should be aware of, please let Martin or Ken know, in confidence, before the course.
· Covid 19 and PPE – You will be asked to complete a Covid 19 tracing form in advance of each field visit. You are expected to follow the standard Covid Guidelines when participating on the course. Could you please make sure to bring with you: face masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes and hand disinfectant. We will have additional supplies of these items with us if required.