Wild Spaces in Cork City

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Wild spaces in the city and their importance

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Cork Nature Network are delighted to hold a talk on Wild Spaces in Cork City, their importance and how local communities can help to preserve them.

The free event will take place on Zoom, on 27th October at 7:00 pm.

Julie Forrester from Friends of The Glen park will talk about the park and the cleaning up initiatives of the Friends of Glen group.

The Friends of The Glen group came together during the first Lockdown in April 2020. They meet monthly on the last Friday of every month to gather litter from the park. A number of members are active in campaigning for the protection of the park from further development under the City Development Plan.

Rachel Hayden, Cork Nature Network’s Wild Spaces Project Manager will talk about the Wild Walks project, what makes a green space and why they are important for people and nature. She will also describe the purpose of the Wild Walks and present the following sites and species found at the sites that were surveyed during 2021. These include:

  • Atlantic Pond, Cork City
  • O’Callaghan Park, Glanmire
  • Curragheen walk

The end result of the project will be a map and information on the sites.

Our speakers:

Julie Forrester, Friends of The Glen

Julie is a founder member and Facebook page manager of the Friends of The Glen group, a community initiative for the preservation of the park. Julie lives in part of the Glen that was given over to a Council Housing Development in the Glen in the early noughties, so the Glen is like her back garden, and as an interloper into the parkland she is conscious of wanting to give something back.

In the summer she organised a foraging walk for Glen walkers, which was free for anyone to attend. They also had a visit and river sampling demonstration from Catherine Seale Duggan from the Local Authorities Water Programme.

Rachel Hayden, Manager of Wild Spaces project

Rachel oversees the ‘Wild Walks’ project at CNN, with the aim of connecting people with the beautiful and wild nature surrounding us in Cork City. Rachel has a background in biology conservation and ecological management, having recently obtained her Master’s at Queen’s University Belfast. She has always been interested in conserving and enhancing local biodiversity and since living in various cities over the years, she has come to appreciate the importance of green spaces for nature and our health and wellbeing. Rachel hopes to bring more awareness to the presence of nature in urban areas through the Wild Walks project.

Join us and learn all about the wild spaces in Cork City.

No camera or microphone are needed to attend the event.

We look forward to seeing you!


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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

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