World Wetlands Day occurs annually on February 2nd, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands signed in Ramsar, Iran on February 2 in 1971. It was established to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for amenity and recreation, wildlife habitats and treatment of pollution and flood control. Two events are being organised for Sunday February 2nd by Waterford City& County Council as part of the Irish Ramsar Committee’s celebration of World Wetlands Day.
At 11 am join naturalist and wildlife photographer Paddy Dwan for a guided walk along the wonderful Anne Valley Wetlands. Meet at the Anne Valley Car Park in Dunhill at 11 a.m.
At 2pm John Power and the West Waterford Eco Group will lead a guided walk overlooking Dungarvan Harbour which is one of Ireland’s 45 designated Ramsar sites. This is a perfect time of year to appreciate visiting wintering birdlife around our shores – Brent Geese, Golden Plover, Godwits, Curlew, Dunlin and Redshank. John and his colleagues will be on hand to help you identify these birds and they will have spotting scopes and binoculars to help closer identification. Meet at the Pitch and Putt Car park below at the Sports Centre at 2pm.
Find out more about World Wetlands Day on irishwetlands.ie