National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature and showing the fun and wonder that can be found outside. To celebrate the event this year, Waterways Ireland together with IPCC (Irish Peatland Conservation Council) ran a series of biodiversity workshops along the Grand Canal in Monasterevin.
Students and teachers from St. John's NS in Monasterevin met Nuala Madigan from IPCC and our Education Office Manus Tiernan to discover the vast array of wildlife that call the canal their home. Each group made their own leaf dials in the classroom before taking a walk along the towpath where they learned how to identity the trees along the canal banks. They also made colour dabs to investigate all the vibrant colours of the canal and even came face to face with some mini beasts!
Feedback from this schools expedition along the canal has been very positive. Both students and teachers were full of questions and eager to impart their local knowledge about the canal. Everybody had a fantastic day exploring the biodiversity of the Grand Canal in Monasterevin!