The event involves a gentle (c.1km) walk along surfaced footpaths beside the River Camcor in Birr to observe Irish Dippers during their peak nesting season and learn about their ecology. There will also be the opportunity to observe, learn and chat about other species and habitats present on the walk.
Dippers on the River Camcor have been part of scientific studies into the ecology of this species, and their wider aquatic habitat, for 15 years. This has included the provision of Dipper nesting boxes, and examples of these will be on display (one is likely to be being used on the day!). Participants will therefore get an opportunity to learn about the importance of nature and wildlife locally, as well as the value of long-term studies.
Telescopes will be available to get close-up views of the birds (and anything else of interest), but binoculars would be helpful. Open to all! Footwear and clothing dependent upon weather conditions, but nothing special is required to enjoy the event.
Meeting point: Next to weir on the River Camcor at Oxmantown Bridge