Community College and Tidy Towns Combine in Biodiversity Management Plan

Castleisland Community College students, Chelsey Lane and Konrad Kloskowski with Mary Walsh, Castleisland Tidy Towns (centre left) and Doreen Killington, teacher with the signs on the River Walk between the Church Street and Crageen bridges.   ©Photograph: John Reidy
Out on a field trip with Doreen Killington, teacher and Mary Walsh, Castleisland Tidy Towns. Students included are:  Micheál O’Shea, Gráinne Spillane, Katie O’Connor, Konrad Kloskowski, Shaoirse Reidy, Chelsey Lane, Michael Moynihan, Leah Boyle, Rachel O’Sullivan, Adam Cotter, Ellie Lenihan, Caoimhe McCarthy, Ciara O’Sullivan, Liam O’Sullivan, Agne Arlauskite, Aoibhín O’Mahony, Alex Regan. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Transition Year students 2019/20 from Castleisland Community College, their teacher Doreen Killington and Castleisland Tidy Towns joined forces last year to work on a biodiversity management plan.

This was done in conjunction with ecologist Brendan Kirwan from Wetlands Survey Ireland.

“The aim of the plan is to enhance the biodiversity of the area,” said Ms. Killington.

Indicators Identified and Mapped

“The habitats, species, land uses, pressures and positive indicators within the study area have been identified and mapped.

“Brendan Kirwan spoke with the students regarding the importance of biodiversity for us all.

“This resulted in the students deciding to generate awareness of endangered species found along the river walk.

Two Endangered Species

“They designed two signs focusing on two of these endangered species – bats and the swift bird and Castleisland Tidy Towns provided funding for the signs.

“A progress report has been produced which details the plan included for the river walk and the grounds of Castleisland Community College.

Addressing Invasive Species

“The next stage of the plan is to implement more practical measures to improve the biodiversity e.g. addressing invasive species found along the river walk.

“The Tidy Towns group, Brendan Kirwan and the community college are due to hold a zoom meeting in January,” said Ms, Killington.

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