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BRANCH FOCUS

Tackling the Big Issues

 Family Tree Planting - David and Rory Morris Keane.

The IWT Laois/Offaly Branch Conservation Work Group shares some recent successes.

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he Laois/Offaly Branch has been working hard throughout the autumn and winter months. Last September, branch secretary Brian Gaynor TML\PMÅZ[\WN\PMUWV\PTaKWV[MZ^I\QWV work groups to Abbeyleix Bog. During the VM`\NM_UWV\P[OZW]X[WN^WT]V\MMZ[NZWU 4IWQ[7NNITaIVLN]Z\PMZIÅMTL^Q[Q\ML[Q\M[ in an effort to help make some habitat and _QTLTQNMQUXZW^MUMV\[4W\[WNUWLMZV KWV[MZ^I\QWVQ[[]M[_MZM\IKSTMLNZWU QV^I[Q^M[XMKQM[KTMIZIVKM\WVI\Q^M_WWLTIVL XTIV\QVOIVLVI\]ZMZM[MZ^MKZMI\QWV)TT ^WT]V\MMZ[IZM\PMZM\WPMTXUISMIXW[Q\Q^M KPIVOMNWZW]ZVI\Q^MÆWZIIVLNI]VIUMM\ TQSMUQVLMLXMWXTMIVLWNKW]Z[MPI^MI cup of tea (and biscuits if they’re lucky). The branch is delighted with the success \WLI\MIVLPWXM[\WOIQVM^MVUWZM momentum next year. The key to success IVLIKPQM^QVO\IZOM\[PI[JMMV\W\MIU]X and coordinate our efforts with other groups. 7^MZ\PM_QV\MZXMZQWL\PMJZIVKP_WZSML _Q\P^WT]V\MMZ[NZWU/ZW]VL_WZS*I\ +WV[MZ^I\QWV1ZMTIVL)JJMaTMQ`*WO8ZWRMK\

5MVÂź[;PML*QZL_I\KP1ZMTIVL+WV[MZ^I\QWV >WT]V\MMZ[1ZMTIVL<QLa<W_V[<PM:WKS /))5W]V\UMTTQKS-V^QZWVUMV\/ZW]X and local gun clubs and angling associations. 7VMWNW]ZNI^W]ZQ\MXZWRMK\[\PQ[aMIZ _I[IVI\Q^M_WWLTIVLKZMI\QWVXZWRMK\QV XIZ\VMZ[PQX_Q\P<PM:WKS/))+T]J<PM KT]JOZW]VL[_PQKPIZMTWKI\MLR][\W]\[QLM the town of Mountmellick and bordered Ja\PMZQ^MZ<ZQWO]MIZM^MZaM`XW[ML\W the incoming winds being surrounded by NIZUTIVLIVL[Q\\QVOWV\PMZQ^MZÂź[Ă&#x2020;WWLXTIQV <PM:WKS/))+T]J_I[SMMVWV\PMXZWRMK\ NZWU\PMOM\OW_Q\P\PMVM_\ZMM[XZW^QLQVO shelter belts for the playing pitches and making good use of the unused parts of the club grounds. This, combined with new bird JW`M[X]\]XI[XIZ\WN\PMXZWRMK\PI[PMTXML KZMI\M^IT]IJTMVM__QTLTQNMPIJQ\I\[.WZ][ it was a great opportunity to work with an established sports club, demonstrating what KIVJMLWVM\WQUXZW^M[XWZ\[OZW]VL[NWZ wildlife without affecting their primary use. The club prepared the site beforehand and we were then able to plant nearly 1,000

VI\Q^M\ZMM[IZW]VL\PMOZW]VL[W^MZWVM weekend. Because of the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tendency to Ă&#x2020;WWL\WTMZIV\[XMKQM[[]KPI[ITLMZ_QTTW_ IVLJQZKP_MZM[MTMK\ML1\\WWS\PM_WZS group two days to get the trees planted with great help coming from the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older UMUJMZ[WV\PMĂ&#x2026;Z[\LIa7V\PM[MKWVLLIa Q\_I[\PM\]ZVWN\PMaW]VOMZ^WT]V\MMZ[[]KP as the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s under-age teams and their parents, local schools and our own branch *ILOMZ+T]JSQL[KT]J?MQV^Q\ML\PMTWKIT school, distributed posters in the town and KZMI\MLI.IKMJWWSM^MV\\WIL^MZ\Q[M\PM Âť.IUQTa<ZMM8TIV\QVO,IaÂź1\_I[IOTWZQW][ []VVaLIaIVL_MPILW^MZNIUQTQM[ \W\ITTQVO_MTTW^MZNWZ\PMM^MV\<PMSQL[ got an introduction to woodland animals and the importance of trees as well as the opportunity to plant as many trees as they _IV\ML<PMXZWRMK\IVL\ZMMXTIV\QVOM^MV\ _I[^MZa_MTTZMKMQ^MLIVL_MPI^M[QVKMPIL a big uptake on our Badger Club and branch M^MV\[.QVITTa_M_W]TLTQSM\W\PIVS+WQTT\M NWZITT\PMQZPMTXQVUISQVO\PQ[XZWRMK\I success.

The conservation work group is active between September and April. For more information or to join the activities, please email: sec.iwtlaoisoffaly@gmail.com

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