Field trip to Bundorragha Catchment Rhododendron Control Project
Practical Introduction to rhododendron control
The LIFE IP Wild Atlantic Nature aims to support farmers via a Results-Based Payment Scheme rewarding landowners with high ecological quality habitats whilst incentivising and supporting the improvement of poorer quality habitats. In order to facilitate improvement in ecological quality of the land, it is necessary to implement restoration actions. These may include the control of invasives, drain management, etc.
LIFE IP Wild Atlantic Nature are developing a landowner and community training project to implement habitat restoration actions in and adjacent to three SACs in counties Mayo and Galway. It builds on a successful preliminary project based in the Bundorragha catchment in Co. Mayo in 2022. Although the primary focus will be rhododendron control, a training module for further peatland restoration methods will also be developed.
The first field trip will be to the Bundorragha Catchment Rhododendron Control Project. This project is conceived, driven by local farmers with the assistance of the local community group, to fund farmers to remove Rhododendron from the Bundorragha river catchment in Co. Mayo. Local farmer Martin Gavin and Conor Ryan Project Ecologist will cover the Rhododendron control measures and project learnings. Transport to and from the project site will be provided with complimentary lunch included. This initiative is supported by the Wild Atlantic Nature LIFE IP & The Local Authority Waters Programme.
10:00: Leave from Casla industrial estate entrance (Mylar) https://maps.app.goo.gl/yfhMRzkfogKWMyEy6
11.00: Meet at Killary Adventure Centre. View and discuss/compare variety of stem treated, stump treated and machine cleared sites. View practical demonstration of stem and stump treatment techniques, including use of PPE equipment, chainsaws/hatchets and herbicide applicators.
12 - 12.45: Lunch in Leenane - Hamilton's Pub
12.45 - 13.00: Depart Leenane and travel to Delphi Valley (Bundorragha Catchment).
13.00: View variety of stem and stump treatment sites in sensitive peatland and near-riparian areas in Delphi Valley.
14.15: Travel back to Casla
Faoi stiúir ag | led by
Martin Gavin (feirmeoir/úinéar talún) Conor Ryan (éiceolaí tionscadail)
Dáta & Am | Date & Time
10/6/2023 10.00 – 3.15pm 10.00 – 3.15pm
Cuirfear bus ó Chasla agus lón saor in aisce ar fáil. Moltar tú féin a chosaint ó na míoltóga.
Áirithint | Booking:
Arna mhaoiniú ag | Funded by:
Tionscadal Comhtháite LIFE Wild Atlantic Nature (IP) , The Local Authority Waters Programme