Fresh Water Detective Training Course

FOTC Ken Whelan Course

On Friday 6th May, 2022, a ground-breaking environmental training course for young people was held on the River Camac in Clondalkin. Sponsored by Friends of the Camac and generously supported by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), the ‘Freshwater Detective’ course was delivered by renowned biologist and author Professor Ken Whelan.

TY Training Fieldwork FOTC - photo Maria O'Connor
TY Training Fieldwork FOTC – photo Maria O’Connor

Eleven young people, mainly TY students, from three schools, participated (Moyle Park College, Clondalkin; King’s Hospital School, Palmerstown; and Kishoge Community College, Lucan). As well as classwork, the group participated in fieldwork which involved water sampling, and recording the macroinvertebrate life in the river. Studying the minute creatures in the aquatic environment gives a window onto the quality of the water and the health of the river. Friends of the Camac are delighted to pioneer this training with young people and hope to encourage the young environmentalists and citizen scientists of the future. 

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Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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