Riverbank Cleanup 2019 takes place along banks of River Shannon at UL

Saturday last, 30th March, saw approximately 100 people on foot and 22 people in Kayaks show up to complete UL’s annual cleanup along the riverbank.

The event itself was organised by the UL Environmental Committee and enjoyed support from a wide range of groups both within and external to UL including:

  • UL Environmental Committee
  • Limerick Riverpath Volunteers
  • Limerick Academy & Scouts Kayaking Club
  • UL Student Life
  • UL Kayaking Club
  • UL Environmental Society
  • UL Buildings and Estates
  • UL Green Campus
  • UL Staff
  • UL Students
  • Team Limerick Cleanup

Volunteers from the Limerick Academy & Scouts Kayaking ClubLACS Riverbank Cleanup 2019 Better

Some of the people who cleaned the Riverbank on foot…On Foot 1

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It was a family friendly event with many people showing up with their kids:

 

The usual mix of unusual waste was collected including election posters, car bumpers and unidentified WEEE.

 

UL’s own UL Kayaking Club also turned up in force to clean the islands and along the riverbank.

Kayakers Cleaning Up

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At the end of the 2 hour cleanup this much waste was collected! [tonnage will be inserted at a later date once it its known]

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Earth Hour 8.30pm – 9.30pm Saturday 30th March 2019

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UL Woodland Management Programme

We operate an ongoing best practice woodland management programme. As part of our woodland management we coppice willow and other aggressive fast growing species that can dominate and take over a woodland environment. We need to offer the opportunity for trees such as oak to develop and mature. These works are essential to reduce dense vegetation, break up vegetation mats and open up ground layer vegetation. This benefits tree regeneration and increases the variety of vegetation types and associated invertebrates and birds.

Coppicing completed on the North Bank recentlyIMG_2885

We have planted numerous native pollinator friendly trees such as crab apple (Malus sylvestris) their value to wild life is immense. The leaves are food for the caterpillars of many moths, including the eyed hawk-moth. The flowers provide an important source of early pollen and nectar for insects, particularly bees, and the fruit is eaten by birds, including blackbirds, thrushes and crows. Mammals, including mice, voles, foxes and badgers also eat crab apple fruit.

One of many crab apple trees (Malus sylvestris) planted to the rear of Dromroe Village

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The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) visits UL

Yesterday, Tuesday March 26th, members of the UL Green Campus Committee, UL Environment Committee and UL Environmental Society were delighted to host a visit from Pramod Kumar Sharma, Senior Director of Education at the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Pramod was accompanied by An Taisce’s Green-Campus Manager for Ireland Dara Dever.

Tuesday is always a great day to visit UL as the Student Life courtyard is always buzzing with the Farmers Market and the free bike mechanic. Pramod was taken on a sustainability tour of UL which took in the Farmers Market, water bottle refill stations, waste management facilities, the Bernal Courtyard, UL’s arboretum and protected heronry, the UL Orchard, Electric Vehicle charge-points, secured covered bicycle parking hubs, replanted trees site, Riverbank clean up meeting point (taking place on Saturday next 30th March), UL’s special area of conservation (which includes a riparian woodland), UL Apiary, bat roosting and mining bee habitats,  site of trees planted by UL students and staff, Dromroe Village food sharing and bring-your-own cup station, installed bird boxes and the UL Roof Garden. Part of the tour was competed on fleet bikes which are available to students to loan from free from UL’s Smarter Travel office (email smartertravel@ul.ie)

Pramod presenting UL with their Green-Campus accreditation 20190326_161351

 

Laura in Dromroe Village gave a fascinating insight into the sustainability initiatives which run in all UL student villages.

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All student villages offer free tea and coffee. The catch is you need to bring your own cup. The thinking is that students get a free hot drink first thing in the morning and then have their cup with them for the rest of the day.

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Pramod meeting the Director, Buildings and Estates, UL.20190326_160456

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UL Riverbank Clean Up Saturday March 30th, 11am – 1pm UL Boathouse

A Riverbank Cleanup will take place this Saturday coming 30th March. The meeting point is the UL Boathouse at 11am.

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For more on how last year’s event went, please click here

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Nature walk takes place at UL

Over 30 people turned up at lunchtime today to hear Seán Hartigan give a nature walk and talk along the riverbank at UL. Seán was ably assisted by moth expert Albert Nolan.

The Cuckooflower or ‘Lady’s-Smock’ (centre) was spotted to the west of the PESS building.

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A mining bee emerged as the tour group passed by.

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Daubenton’s and pippistrelle bats are known to roost to the rear of Dromroe Village.

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The seven-spot (Coccinella septempunctata) was observed resting on a nettle.

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UL Nature Walk , 25th March 2019, 1.05pm (starts from front of PESS)

In advance of our Annual River Bank Clean Up, UL EnviroCom are delighted to host a Lunch Time Nature Walk and Talk with local Naturalist Seán Hartigan on

Monday March 25th  at 13:05

Our start point is the front steps of the PESS Building at 13:05 sharp, please dress appropriately for the walk and potential weather conditions.

The route will be downstream towards Dromroe village.  If you are running late please feel free to join in along the way!

 

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