The Castleisland Community College Transition Year students applied for and received a grant from Community Foundation Ireland to work with ecologist Brendan Kirwan.
The purpose of the grant is to improve the biodiversity of the town.
Areas of Potential
They have surveyed the town and decided that the areas with the greatest potential were the river walk and the community college school grounds that overlook the river walk.
The students have already gone on a walk with Mary Walsh of Tidy Towns to learn about the biodiversity along the river walk.
They will be undertaking a species inventory of the river walk and the school grounds with Brendan Kirwan.
This will include classifying the habitats in May including field boundaries, trees, walls and hedgerows.
They will be mapped and this will then lead to a suite of actions to enhance the biodiversity of the area.
The students are learning of the impact climate change is having to our local bee populations and the influence of invasive plant species such as Japanese knotweed.