When people work together to protect the environment, great things can happen. In Waterford, Tramore Eco Group are a looking to do great things and they welcome anyone that wants to be involved.
Here they are in their own words.
We are, so far, a small group of people interested in developing the ecological environment around Tramore. As Tramore already has a designated Special Area of Conservation status, we hope to enhance this already interesting space by aspiring to become the first “Green” seaside town, with all the enhancements and challenges that entails. A regular litter-picking beach clean takes place on Sundays in conjunction with the Tramore Tidy Towns group.
Our first venture, in conjunction with the County Council, is to expand the biodiversity of the Backstrand by initiating bee corridors from the “Lark Park” – the raised reclaimed land overlooking the Backstrand, and which is now a popular walking area – to include each housing group as we meet it, along towards the Tramore lower ring road.
To achieve this we need the help and encouragement of anyone who has an interest or wishes to participate. We are all learning.
The hope would be to give willing homes – a shrub and approved perennial plants – so that there is a “pit stop” for bees and other critters, available throughout the year. We’re hoping for at least twelve participants, and we can double up and redouble again in the lucky chance that everyone wants to take part!
This year the Council is considering the installation of a bird hide on the eastern fringe of the Lark Park, overlooking the Backstrand, and initial drawings have been prepared for this. This bird observation amenity will be of interest to all birdwatchers and photographers.
The Backstrand area is internationally known for the large numbers of Brent Geese from Greenland and Canada which winter annually, as well as for nationally important numbers of Dunlin and Grey Plover. There is also a wide variety of waders and other wildfowl. The area is therefore ideal for ecologically-based studies and provides ample opportunities for curricular project work.
To find out more about the Tramore Eco Group group, visit their Facebook Page at this link.