The Clean Coasts Roadshow series is about to kick off in Donegal for 2018 with a series of free events for coastal communities.
These events aim to bring together all those with an interest in protecting their local beaches, seas and marine life and will be a mix of talks and workshops covering topics such as biodiversity, dune systems, marine litter, wildlife, sustainable developments and work by local groups and organisations.
Events will take place in Maghery, Carrigart , Falcarragh and Culdaff.
This year includes a special series of Dune Awareness Roadshow stops around Co. Donegal. Beckey-Finn Britton, Clean Coasts Officer for Donegal and Leitrim says: “We have all seen how our dune systems change over the years as they go through natural processes of erosion and renewal but often it is necessary for us to give this process a helping hand to protect land, homes and the rich biodiversity that can be found along our coast.
“I am delighted at the opportunity to run the Dune Awareness Roadshow stops to help communities better understand our dune systems as well as give them the practical skills to tackle erosion in the most natural way possible.”
The Dune Awareness Roadshows will take the shape of practical marram grass planting workshops. This grass is a sand trapping grass naturally found on the coast that can not only help dune systems maintain their positions but reduce blowouts and consolidate areas of loose sands. There will also be discussion on issues affecting out coastline such as marine litter and our use of plastics.
There will also be a special Seminar Roadshow on 14th April at the Central Library in Letterkenny.
This aims to bring together coastal communities from all around the county to share their experiences as well as have the opportunity to learn more about our coast.
Topics will include: marine litter, dune conservation, biodiversity, benefits of interacting with the coastal environment and marine wildlife.
Roadshows will take place as follows: Maghery Dune Awareness Roadshow on Tuesday 20th March at 11 am, meeting at Ionad An Mhachaire; Carrigart Mini Roadshow Stop on Friday, 23rd March at 8 pm at Carrigart Hotel and will include talks on climate change and the coast; Falcarragh Dune Awareness Roadshow on Tuesday 27th March at 11am, meeting at Drumnatinney Beach; Culdaff Dune Awareness Roadshow on Friday 13th April at 12pm, meeting at Culdaff Beach (access at the playground) and Letterkenny Seminar Roadshow, Saturday 14th April at 11am to 1.30pm in the Central Library, Letterkenny.