The Importance of Marine Protected Areas

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The Importance of Marine Protected Areas

Join us in the stunning clifftop setting of Kinsale's Old Head for a walk and a talk about the importance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

By Cork Nature Network

When and where

Date and time

Sat, 3 Jun 2023 11:00 - 13:00 IST


Lusitania Museum & Old Head Signal Tower Downmacpatrick P17 T683 Kinsale Ireland

About this event

  • 2 hours
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Cork Nature Network is delighted to host an informative walk around The Old Head of Kinsale on Saturday 3 June at 11 a.m. to learn about kittiwakes, guillemots and other seabirds that rely upon this beautiful coastal habitat. Led by Emma Caulfield and John Armstrong, we will learn about the challenges coastal ecosystems face and what measures are being undertaken to designate specific maritime areas of conservation as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Join us as we explore the value of our coastal habitat where Cork harbour meets the sea.

Our speakers:

Emma Caulfield is a volunteer with Cork Nature Network with specialist knowledge of seabirds. She has worked as an Ornithological Research Volunteer with the Manx Wildlife Trust and is pursuing a MSc in Marine Biology at UCC.

John Armstrong has a degree in Ecology from UCC and has a special interest in science education, the marine and water issues in Ireland. He is the campaigns manager for CNN and represents CNN on the board of SWAN (Sustainable Waters Network.) John works in the education department of Fota Wildlife Park and as a consultant ecologist. He is a mentor for the All Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors.

The meeting point will be in front of the The Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum.

The whole walk will take around an hour and a half and will finish at the starting point. Parking is available on the main road but please do not park or walk onto the adjacent golf course grounds.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Photo of kittiwake courtesy of Piet Munsterman.

About the organiser

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Cork Nature Network

The aim of Cork Nature Network is to benefit the community of Cork by promoting and encouraging the conservation of wildlife and habitats in Cork City and County by educating and increasing the awareness of the need for conservation