The programme includes two field trips to other catchments to get a feel for activities outside of County Louth. On 16 November 2019 we visited the Ballinderry Rivers Trust on the western shores of Lough Neagh. The Ballinderry Rivers Trust has a long record of action beginning in 1984 when the Ballinderry River suffered from serious pollution. Four angling clubs came together to campaign “to conserve, protect and improve the rivers and loughs of the Ballinderry River system, Lough Neagh, the Lough’s western-shore streams, and their wildlife, for the benefit of the public and the wider environment.”
The next field trip is to the East Wicklow Rivers Trust on 30 November to learn from their experiences. On 7th December we have a full day devoted to macroinvertebrate sampling and identification. Then we will have one-to-one meetings with the two project groups (North Louth and South Louth) aimed at developing suitable projects for funding.