Cavan Birdwatch have been invited to come along and participate in the following event..
"You are invited to come along to a tree planting event at Castle Lake Forest Bailieboro on Friday 10th March at 2pm."
This is part of an initiative called "Peace Forest Community Planting" in commemoration of the victims of the Troubles. This area will be called the Peace Forest.
Coillte have sponsored the plants and will be on hand at the event.
Bring along spade and wellies. There will be no heavy work involved.
Our branch have used this forest over the past decade for our Dawn Chorus events as well as for individual birdwatching, and many local members put in alot of time and effort in erecting and maintaining nestboxes there so it would be wonderful if we could give them as much support as we can.
Our branch outing to Lough Sheelin was held on Sunday Feb.5th. It was a chilly morning with a little fog, but for those who braved the conditions it was very rewarding. As the fog lifted and the sun came out the views of the lake were stunning.
The birds did not disappoint either. The little grebe, great crested grebe and coot were plentiful. The winter visiting ducks were enjoying a relaxing day without being shot at!!!. Tufted ducks would be the most common but we were treated to views of Scaup, Pochard and Goldeneye. Mallards were scarce. Mute swans, Cormorants and Grey Heron were also seen at a few locations. A Water Rail was heard in the reed beds and while there was a Northern Diver reported recently it was not to be seen on the day.
The Lake at Bracklagh while having the regulars at this stage was host to a Male Shoveller and three Gadwall ducks.
A special thanks to the Monaghan branch members who joined us on the day.
PJ Byrne ,who died in October was one of the longest serving members of the Cavan branch of Birdwatch Ireland, serving on the committee for many years and laterally as Chairman. He served in this role with enthusiasm and distinction and encouraged the members to have regular meetings and to participate in field trips to many parts of the country.
Born in Bailieborough Co Cavan PJ worked in Midland and Flair industries where he served in various capacities and was promoted to a Supervisory position where he remained until he retired.
As a dedicated member of Cavan Birdwatch PJ took a great interest in encouraging students to understand and appreciate nature and the environment by taking them on walks around the Castle Lake. He was very enthusiastic about DIY and aside from ensuring that everything was in sparkling order around his home and garden he hand made a wide range of bird boxes which he put up around the area or gave to his friends.
PJ had a Back Belt in Judo and took part in competitions all around the country and gave lessons to the younger generation.
His other great passion was walking and he was a keen member of Bailieborough Walking Club ,and led many walks around the North East.
PJ will be greatly missed by all the people who came in contact with him. We extend our deepest sympathy to Philomena his wife, his daughter Donna and his grandson Micah.
We will be meeting at Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent on Sunday, 5th February at 10.30 a.m.
From there we will drive to several points with good viewing of the lake and its birds.
Bring a lunch and dress warmly!
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Hoping you are all well and enjoying the Christmas holidays!
The first branch outing of the New Year will take place on Sunday 8th January. We will meet up at 10am at Drumlane Abbey car park, Milltown. At Miltown lake, we hope to see a selection of waterbirds including some whooper swans.
We will also carry out I-WeBS (Irish Wetland Bird Survey) counts on Milltown Lake and other lakes in the area.
It is recommended to wear warm waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear. Beginners and non-members are very welcome to attend all events!
For information on The Irish Wetland Bird Survey click here
To become a member of Birdwatch Ireland click here