Zoe Devlin presents “Wildflowers of Ireland- a personal Record”

A large crowd attended a very interesting presentation by Zoe Devlin titled ” Wildflowers of Ireland  – a personal record”  which recently took place in Kilkenny. The event was coordinated by Bird watch Ireland Kilkenny branch. Zoe reviewed Ireland’s rare flowers and also some of  the not so rare flowers including flowers growing in  Kilkenny. Invasive species were also reviewed.

The importance of pollinator species was discussed. The event ties in to the theme of improving habitat for our bees in Kilkenny. The importance of many plants to specific insects and  having adequate food for birds  was noted.

Successful clean up to improve the river Breagagh

A very successful clean up was undertaken to help improve the wildlife habitat along the river Breagagh. The key aim was the removal of  plastics  in particular  which are not biodegradable. Bottles and cans where possible were collected and recycled. Why not join in for the next event!

 

 

River Breagagh /Circular road Clean up

 Breagagh  clean up  in conjunction with Roberts hill residents association    ( 16th February ) meet 10am entrance to Roberts Hill estate off Circular road, Tea ~Coffee after! bring your wellies. All are welcome.  Email us at [email protected]  or ring  086-1075532 to get details of our environmental  actions and clean  ups.

River Breagagh clean up

World Wetlands Day Sat Feb 2nd

Newpark Marsh hosted the world wet lands day visit on 2 February. Located close to the centre of Kilkenny city Newpark is a wonderful Marsh environment with a large amount of wildlife.On the visit organised by Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny Branch, with support from the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council. A great lmorning was enjoyed. It was quite cold and ice was in place across much of the wetland. KKB has been working many years with local stakeholders and Kilkenny county council to  maintain Newpark Marsh. .Newpark Marsh  was awarded the top award in the ESB/CVI Community Environmental awards 2001 and the Marsh was also a national winner for Wildlife in the Tidy Towns Competition 2002. Since then there have been many improvements including additional signage, seating and a wonderful walk around the Marsh. 

Why not Savour Kilkenny City

Savour Kilkenny City during the Halloween Bank Holiday Break. There is plenty to see!

St Johns Church, John Street,  the bee friendly wildlife garden is to the side developed as part of the all Ireland pollinator plan.

Kilkenny Co Co adopts the black and amber bumble bee

 

A fitting  county emblem which will also raise the  importance of bees as pollinators. KKB works each year to improve the range of honey and bumble  bee friendly planting throughout our city.

Crab apple blossom attracts!

Summer wild flowers

Sunflower attraction!

Bumble bees enjoy the summer lavender

 

Balsam removal in Kilkenny City and environs

An extensive balsam removal  scheme in the Kilkenny area river Nore and Breagagh  on a phased basis has completed its 4th year. The aim is to remove plants before flowering and prevent seed being produced for the following year.

The banks all through our City have been restored to attractive riverside woodland. Balsam is an invasive weed which  can push out  the native species of plant leading to damage of river banks in the winter. While removing Balsam on  the river bank it has been possible to see much of the river wildlife. 

 

 

River Nore clean up

Wednesday 8th August 7pm at Canal Walk slip will see Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club (KSAC); Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) & Kilkenny County Council (KCC) coming together to sweep the city section of the River Nore to clear it of as much waste items as possible. Volunteers from the three organisations are working together to make the best impact as possible. This partnership has worked well over many years and efforts will go toward KKB’s Kilkenny’s submission to the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018.

The current water levels are historically low and this may assist with material that is lodged in areas hard to reach in “normal” years flow, said Lorcan Scott PRO with KSAC. The River Nore is a Special Area of Conservation and the clean-up should enhance conditions for fish and mammals species moving along the river.

Kilkenny city is blessed to have such a recreational and visual asset and as with all urban waterways the Nore can receive waste from a range of sources from excitable party goers to the inconsiderate members of the public.

River Nore

This exercise will also have the added benefit of removing any potential hazard to divers required in any Search and Recovery activity in the Nore city section.

KSAC and KKB wish to thank Kilkenny County Council for their offer to take any resultant waste for appropriate disposal.

Take another look at our city ring road

The City Ring road  extends to some 7 Km from Castlecomer rd. to the callan rd. with extensive  attractive planting and  some 10 roundabouts all with individual plantingdesigns.

The attractive for the 6 spot Burnet moth Zygaena filipendulae Click here for short video of moth 

Castlecomer roundabout with sustainable planting, the adjacent road banks have many wild flowers.

Rare orchids are being protected and we are working to improve their habitat.

this flower is particularly attractive for the 6 spot Burnet moth Zygaena filipendulae

Hebron motorway access roundabout with sustainable perennial planting

New Orchard roundabout with colorful flowers and evergreen planting.

Ring road with edge only trimmed with further zone of  grassland and native species trees

Colorful wild flower edges to the road.