Tree seed collecting and growing workshop


Venue: Ballinora GAA
Date: Sunday, 27 November 2022
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Collecting and growing seeds from local trees is a great way to help biodiversity in your community.

Join us with Wild Work for a tree seed workshop.

This will introduce you to:

    • the best native trees to collect seed from
    • how to correctly prepare and plant seeds
    • the best way to care for young trees

In the event of bad weather this event will be held indoors.


TidyTowns 2022: Results are out

We’ve published the 2022 TidyTowns competition results.

We improved our 2021 score by 19 points.

The adjudicators concluded that:

“The committee and volunteers should be proud of their excellent performance in this years competition and it is clear to the adjudicators that significant progress is being made with each passing year in Waterfall and Ballinora.”

You can read the report to find out more.

Safety and security in Ballinora and Waterfall


Venue: Scout den, Ballinora
Date: 1 November 2022
Time: 7:00 pm

We’ve arranged a presentation on safety and security in Ballinora and Waterfall.

 

Anyone can come along and hear the talk.

 

The presentation will be given by:

 

    • the Community Garda from Ballincolig
    • a Garda officer from Cork City – specialising in advising communities on security and crime prevention
There’ll also be a question and answer session where you can talk about any issues that concern you.

Find out more about security and crime prevention in the Garda information leaflets. These tell you:

Curraheen River WaterBlitz: What we found

We completed the Curraheen River WaterBlitz on Sunday, 9 October 2022.

 

The weather was not ideal, but it did not dampen our spirits.

 

The WaterBlitz helps us to get a snapshot of the freshwater quality in the Curraheen River.

 

The freshwater samples we’ve taken – from a large number of river sites over the weekend – allows us to assess the freshwater quality across a whole river catchment.

 

The data we’ve collected is uploaded to a central location in DCU, for analysis. It will then be uploaded to a digital map which tells us the location and quality of the rivers tested.

 

The results of the tests are a general indication (at a Citizen Science level of expertise) of the river quality. The results are not as precise as laboratory tested samples.

The results

We checked the Curraheen River at the Grotto for Nitrates and Phosphates with the following results:

 

    • Nitrates: 5 to 10 mg/L  – This is high.
    • Phosphates: 0.05 to 0.1 mg/L  – This is high.

We’ll now take professional advice on how we can improve the water quality of the Curraheen River.

Nitrates
Nitrates (sample taken at the Grotto Curraheen)
Phosphates
Phosphates (sample taken at the Grotto Curraheen)

 

Help us test the water quality of Curraheen River

Venue: Grotto Curraheen
Date: 9 October 2022
Time: 11:30 am to 12:00 am

 

We’ve teamed up with the Local Authorities Waters Programme (LAWP) and Fresh Water Watch to test and monitor the health of the Curraheen River.

This is known as a WaterBlitz.

Help us test the water quality

Join us on the WaterBlitz. The WaterBlitz is a water testing activity, carried out at various sites over one weekend. This allows us to measure nutrients in the local rivers and waterways.

We’ll test for the nutrients, Nitrates and Phosphates – which are the most common pollutants in river waters –  at the same time period at various sites. This will give us a snapshot of water health in the region.

Make sure you bring your wellies!

Bat walk

Venue: Ballinora Church
Date: 7 October 2022
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join our bat walk and learn more about the different species of bat we have in Ballinora.

On the walk, you’ll use a bat detector to find bats and identify the species.

The bat walk is free but you’ll need to book.

To book a place of the bat walk, contact:

    • Pat Tuite – 0872 852 228

Find out more about our bats in Ballinora project

Heritage week: Ballinora past and present

Ballinora ICA are holding a heritage event on 20 August 2022.

The event includes the launch of Ballinora past and present (2nd edition).

Venue: Ballinora scout den
Date: 20 August 2022
Time: 2:30pm

 

Digital mapping project

We’ve started to work with UCC’s Geography Department to prepare a digitised (GIS type) map of our local  Ballinora and Waterfall community.

Having a digital map means we can keep adding new data to help us record our local habitats to Fossitt Level 3 and support our 5-year Nature and Biodiversity plan.

We’ll keep adding information about our community as new data is made available – such as bat sightings and local historical sites. The digital mapping project will help us tell our community’s story.

Cork County Council Community Support Fund

We’d like to say a big thank you to Cork County Council for the funding and support we’ve received from the  Community Support Fund Scheme.

 

The scheme has helped to fund the work we’ve recently done to remove trees from the graveyard at Inniskenny.

 

We’ve received generous funding, help and advice from Cork County Council over the years. Without their support and funding, we could not take on the projects that we do.