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Local Wildlife in Milltown

There were wildlife cameras installed along the River bank near the village recently.  Imagine our surprise to see what was found.  Keep your eyes peeled when you are walking along the river and through the countryside, you never know what you might see.

We were delighted to see a family of Badgers.  They are generally very secretive and nocturnal so are rarely seen in the wild.  They are the largest terrestrial carnivore in Ireland.  As you can see, badgers are highly social animals and live in small groups in setts.  These are burrow systems.  They feed on a wide range of plants and animals.
On your walk, watch out for evidence of setts by signs of nearby activity such as bedding, a nearby latrine or well-used paths.  Their setts have one or two entrances, with large heaps of soil outside.

Also spotted out enjoying our riverbank was the Otter.  The otter is highly secretive and although widespread people tend to only get rare glimpses of the species in the wild.  Their territories can stretch for several kilometres; the total length of the home range depends on the availability of food.  Otters that live in rivers and lakes tend to be completely nocturnal, being highly active at dusk and dawn. Foraging in the dark or in ‘muddy’ water is aided by their highly sensitive whiskers, which detect their prey items.

Badgers and Otters are protected under the Wildlife Act.

Click on the link below to view the wonderful videos.

For more information visit https://www.vincentwildlife.ie/species/

Stories from the Waterside Competition

On Tuesday the 21st April 2020, the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) launched a national Storytelling Competition Stories from the Waterside’ / ‘Scéalta Ó Thaobh An Uisce’.

The competition is open to all with €4,000 in prizes to be won. Entries are welcomed from across the Island of Ireland and entries may be submitted in either in English or Irish. Stories of 600 words or less and only original and previously unpublished stories.

Closing Date is 31st May 2020.

We encourage online entrants via our website which is now live: http://watersandcommunities.ie/stories-from-the-waterside/. This website includes details of how to enter the competition and the full Terms & Conditions.

 

Fishing on the River Clare, Milltown

Our Vision Workshop

A shared vision for our community

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Discover the Heritage of Clare River

Come along to the Heritage Park in Milltown to celebrate National Water Heritage Day

25 August, 3pm – 5pm

The Clare River is the heart of Milltown village. We owe a great deal to the river and the wildlife it supports. Discover our natural and cultural heritage and find out why it is worth conserving.