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Aquariums and insects at Glenveagh National Park event

September 4th, 2017 | by

There was amazement and excitement aplenty at Glenveagh National Park, Donegal, on Sunday 27th of August when Inland Fisheries Ireland marked National Heritage Week.

Almost 300 children and adults to got up ‘close and personal’ with fish and insects in the wonderful surrounds of the public amenity.

Photo: Fun and games – and learning – at Glenveagh National Park

National Heritage Week was part of European Heritage Days and was a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission and is the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events shared by the citizens of Europe. Over 70,000 events are organised every year in order to help raise awareness of Europe’s common heritage and the continuous need for its protection.

Given that the theme for that day was ‘Water’, Inland Fisheries Ireland staff brought along an aquarium with brown trout and salmon of different year classes and in keeping with the overall focus of European Heritage Week this year – the unique link between people and nature – those in attendance heard talks on the life cycles of the various fish species which are present in Glenveagh National Park such as Brown Trout, Salmon, Arctic Char and Sea trout.

Photo: Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Seamus Bradley illuminates these ladies with his aquarium at Glenveagh

Led by Assistant Inspector Owen Kelly, Inland Fisheries Ireland staff also had locally sourced samples of insects from streams and many people were amazed at the abundance and diversity of the macroinvertebrates in each of the samples. Attendees were also given the opportunity to examine these insects in detail with the aid of the microscopes and magnifying glasses.

Children who attended the event were given a fish species poster, fish species book and a Catch-Photo-Release (#CPRsavesfish) wristband as part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s campaign to highlight a method of angling where a fish is caught and subsequently returned unharmed back into the water, which contributes to the maintenance of healthy fish stocks and ensures future generations can continue to enjoy the recreational and economic benefits of the fisheries resource.







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