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Become a Freshwater Detective this autumn…
Ireland has a rich abundance of rivers and lakes. This independently run course will examine this unique resource: its sources and origin, its contribution to biological diversity and its importance for the landscape and for humans. The course will teach students the basics of becoming a Freshwater Detective and how, using the presence or absence of speciﬁc insects or ﬁsh, to read a river corridor or lake shore and to detect the presence of key predators such as otter and mink.
The Freshwater Detective in the East – UCD
The course will comprise six talks and three ﬁeld visits.
UCD Belfield: 6 Mondays 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Classroom: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov 7, 14
X3 Field Trips: Oct 15, 22, Nov 5
For more details see Page 124 of UCD’s Adult Education Brochure.
The Freshwater Detective Goes West
Working closely with Delphi Resort, Ken Whelan has devised a truly unique, field –based, Freshwater Detective course. Radiating out from Aasleagh Lodge, on the beautiful River Erriff, Ken will guide you on a fascinating freshwater trek to learn the skills of a Freshwater Detective. Walks will include along the banks and shores of a range of pristine waters, following otter and mink trails, and trying to catch a glimpse of the many bird predators such as herons, mergansers and the elusive kingfisher, which inhabit this wild, unspoilt and remote area.
You will visit rivers which are home to 10,000 year old populations of silvery sea trout and the majestic, wild Atlantic salmon. Learn how a range of predators interact with these and other fish species such as the ubiquitous native brown trout and the rare Irish arctic char.
Ken will teach you how to identify the insects and other invertebrates in the rivers and streams.
Your adventure will include visits not alone to remote tributaries of the Erriff such as the Glenlaur Stream and Tawnyard Lough, but also neighbouring catchments such as the Carrowniskey River, a gem of a tiny sea trout and salmon river, bursting with life and flowing over a bed of ancient sandstone.
2 Day Course Only (excludes accommodation) – €220 per person
2 Day Course Package with Accommodation – – €299 per person sharing
For more details see: http://www.errifffishery.ie/wildlife-fishing-courses