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The wonder of wetlands: Coole Lough and Garryland Wood

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To celebrate World Wetlands Day and 50 years since the signing of the Ramsar Convention the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee are delighted to continue the Irish Wetlands Video Series.

The third stunning video in the series is of Coole Lough and Garryland Wood Ramsar Site, also known as Coole Park.  This third video launch also marked World Earth Day.
The Coole Park video was kindly funded by the OPW and thanks are due to Anja Murray for narration and to Raymond Stephens, NPWS Conservation Ranger, and to Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Plant Ecologist, for contributing. The video is produced by CrowCrag Productions (Twitter@crow_crag), with additional wildlife footage courtesy of Ecofact.

This series of seven videos has been produced by the IRWC with support from the OPW, the EPA and NPWS. New videos will be launched each month. 

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