Mayo Naturalists’ Field Club launched

Gerry Sharkey, field botanist; Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Heritage Officer; Arlene Walshe, GIY Group Ballina; and Cillian Roden, ecologist at the Mayo Naturalists’ Field Club Launch.

Gerry Sharkey, field botanist; Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo Heritage Officer; Arlene Walshe, GIY Group Ballina; and Cillian Roden, ecologist at the Mayo Naturalists’ Field Club Launch.

An exciting and diverse programme of events for the newly launched Mayo Naturalists’ Field Club has been planned for 2014. At the launch, ecologist Cillian Roden gave a fascinating illustrated talk on the wonderful and diverse natural heritage of Mayo, which is unrivalled in any other county. During 2014, the club has planned outings to some of the most interesting natural habitats to be found in Mayo, including peatlands, sand dunes, lake shores, limestone pavement, and woodland. The first outing for 2014 will take place tomorrow Saturday, April 5, on the southwest shores of Lough Mask. Geologist Ronan Hennessy will introduce the story of how this internationally-recognised south Mayo landscape came into being at a location with wonderful panoramic views of mountainous terrain, limestone lakelands with volcanic lavas, boulder beds, and ice moulded rocks.

Further information and a full listing of events is available on www.mayococo.ie/heritage or from Deirdre Cunningham, heritage officer, Mayo County Council, [email protected] or 094-9047684.

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