Citizen Science: Creating An Urban Wildlife Refuge

Students with HSI Science Officer Collie Ennis

Students with HSI Science Officer Collie Ennis

In September of last year, the Transition Year students, of Drimnagh Castle school, asked the Herpetological Society of Ireland to discuss the building of a wildlife pond for their declining local frog population. The original breeding grounds, the moat around the old castle building, had been ravaged by pollution and the introduction of predatory fish.
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An action plan was compiled under HSI supervision, and over the course of a few months, work was completed on a 9ft x 9ft urban pond.  This will provide a safe and secure breeding site for the remaining population of frogs in the area, and for other local wildlife too. The Herpetological Society of Ireland would like to congratulate the students and staff who, along with Collie Ennis of the HSI, put in an amazing amount of work to ensure this difficult project was completed in time for summer. The HSI will continue to assist in the upkeep and monitoring of this pond with the staff and students of Drimnagh Castle going forward.

The completed project. Over time, native animal and plant species will colonise the pond.

The completed project. Over time, native animal and plant species will colonise the pond.

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