Geography

Tour of Cathaleen Falls Hyrdo Electric Station

Tue, 26/05/2015 - 11:00am - 12:30pm
Location: 
Cathaleen Falls, Ballyshannon

http://www.esb.ie/main/education/cathaleens-fall-tours.jsp

Cathaleen's Fall

Booking essential. Please let us know if you would like to come. Arrive 11/11:15 to start the hour-long tour at 11;30.

"The construction of the Erne Hydro Electric Scheme after the Second World War was a major boost for County Donegal. The development prompted a building boom in the region which saw an employment increase surge in construction bringing engineers, electricians and other hydro-specialists from both at home and abroad to the town of Ballyshannon when work began in 1946.

At Ballyshannon, and on the stretch of the River between the sea, the natural fall of water is 45m, which makes the Erne catchment the perfect location to house the hydro-electric dams. The River Erne itself is 60 miles long and is the second largest river system in Ireland. From its source at Slieve Clah in County Cavan (200m above sea level), it winds its way through Loughs Gowna, Oughter, Upper and Lower Erne before it enters the Belleek Channel. Two power stations were built on the river – one at Cliff and a larger at Cathaleen's Fall. They were commissioned in November 1951 and April 1952 respectively.

ESB is offering FREE guided tours of the Cathaleen's Fall Generating Station which is located in Ballyshannon in County Donegal."

St Aiden's Old Church and Woodland

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 
St Aiden's Old Church, Magilligan
St Aiden's

We will explore and find out about the history and natural history of the place, bring a picnic and wet weather gear.

All welcome but let us know you are coming...

Mini Beasts

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Giant's Lair

A Mini Beast hunt with Danielle at Slieve Gullion on Thursday 11th June at 11am. This is a free event.
Danielle will take us on the Nature trail, including the Giants Lair, discussing the Biodiversity while hunting out some mini beasts 
We all need to meet at the main car park at 11am, and the session should last till around 12.30-1pm so might be worthwhile to bring a picnic, though there is also the Cafe.
Booking essential.

Wild Children of the Wild Woods

Wed, 03/06/2015 - 11:00am
Location: 
An Creagan
Wild Children

Meeting again for another wonderful time in the wild woods.

First half of the session will be a gardening activity (perhaps wildlife gardening?!) and the second half can be freeplay in the Wild Woods. 

May include building some bird boxes, bug boxes, a bug hotel, planting flowers and veg in containers, fire, painting trees, marshmallows and getting dirty.

Bring a picnic, a change of clothes and wet weather gear - our run of good luck on the weather can't last for ever!

Foraging Walk

Thu, 30/04/2015 (All day)
Location: 
Near Coleraine
Nettles

A walk through a forest somewhere near Coleraine (time and place to be confirmed) with someone who knows about such things. Identifying plants with medicinal and culinary uses, trying out some recipes for both. Bring wet weather gear and snacks.

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