Headford Girls National School, Galway: exploring their communities streams
On the 8th of June 2017, Headford Girls National School, Co. Galway, took part in an interactive streams exploration day, jointly organised by their school, Headford and Corrib Anglers, the Waters and Community Office and Sustainable Headford.
This day was part of an initiative by Sustainable Headford to encourage local residents to learn more about their local streams, rivers and lakes and to protect the water quality and in turn their own water supply and the local aquatic environment. Catherine Seale and Mick Kane from the Waters and Communities Office along with Philip White from Headford and Corrib Anglers Club facilitated a classroom presentation along with a kick sampling demonstration.
The kick sampling demonstration took the girls from 3rd to 6th class through the town of Headford to the Headford river, at the start of Sandybanks Lane, where samples were taken from the river and the different invertebrate species were identified. Mick also encouraged an awareness of the environment in general though identification of different wildflowers and lichens along the Sandybanks lane.
The girls learned about the invertebrates and fish that live in the stream, about local water features, including holy wells, and also how the water in Lough Corrib makes its way to their taps.
Sustainable Headford are planning to continue this initiative through more school programs in 2018 and 2019.
For details see: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sustainableheadford