The work of MulkearLIFE includes large areas of North Tipperary. The upper reaches of the catchment, including the upper sections of the Newport and Clare / Annagh rivers, contain some wonderful habitat and High Nature Value (HNV) farmland. To help better understand these areas and the general biodiversity of the county, North Tipperary County Council is in the process of preparing a Biodiversity Plan for the county. They want the input of interested parties.
High Nature Value farmland, Upper Newport, North Tipp (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchuir)
The natural heritage and biodiversity of North Tipperary is particularly rich with many exceptional areas including Lough Derg, the Little Brosna Callows and upland areas which fall within and those which fall outside of the Mulkear catchment. The Biodiversity Plan will list projects and actions that will be implemented over the next three years. It will highlight the wonderful natural amenities in the county and raise awareness of the value of biodiversity. It will also work to protect and enhance the North Tipperary’s rich and diverse natural heritage.
Winter light in the Clare Glens, North Tipperary (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
North Tipperary County Council, one of MulkearLIFE’s project co-financers, are inviting everyone to have their say in relation to the biodiversity plan. There will be two free events for the public to learn more about nature and wildlife and to give their views on what should be included in the Biodiversity Plan.
Two snails converge on nature’s highway (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The talk ‘Nature and Wildlife in North Tipp’ will take place on Thursday 4th October in The Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh at 7.30pm, and repeated on Tuesday October 9th in the Anner Hotel, Thurles also at 7.30pm. For more information, contact Marion Carey, Heritage Officer, North Tipperary County Council on 067 44677.
Have your say on North Tipperary’s Biodiversity Plan (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)