Wednesday, 9th May 2012
To celebrate International Biodiversity Day, the Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project and Waterford County Council are organising a talk on "Waterford’s Hidden Wildlife" at 7pm on Tuesday the 22nd of May in the Central Library, Dungarvan. This evening event is free and all are welcome.
Andrew Harrington will talk about the work that the MISE Project is carrying out in County Waterford involving local community groups and volunteers in surveys looking for some of Ireland’s most elusive wild mammals, including otters, squirrels and pine martens. Following the talk there is an optional field trip to Colligan woods, where Andrew will demonstrate how to find signs of the presence of squirrels and otters.
The event will also be used to launch an appeal to the public in County Waterford to report sightings of red and grey squirrels to the National Biodiversity Data Centre. The red squirrel is native to Ireland but is currently being pushed out of many parts of the country by the introduced grey squirrel, which is originally from North America. Red squirrels are still present in most parts of Waterford, but grey squirrels are known to be currently spreading into the north of the county.
For more information about MISE please visit http://www.miseproject.ie, or visit the MISE Facebook page. MISE is a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Ireland-Wales Programme 2007-2013 (INTERREG IVA).
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