Walk with Us!

A walking tour of the wetlands of Tramore Valley Park led by Cork Nature Network

Date & Time:
Saturday, May 21, 2022
3:30 pm
Tramore Valley Park (Weigh Bridge near the roundabout)

Wetlands are an area of land that is saturated with water either permanently or seasonally, and where the water table is near or at the surface. These wetlands are home to a large diversity of plant and animal species and form an important network of ecological sites for many species on migration.

This event will explore the wetland area of Tramore Valley Park. This will be a guided walk by Cork Nature Network who will highlight the animals and plants which can be found within the park’s wetland area. The walk will cover the importance of wetlands for biodiversity and how everyone can help in managing Irish Biodiversity through citizen science platforms such as the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Citizen Science Stream Index.

Bring suitable footwear for wet ground and a pair of binoculars, if you have them!

Please note: the meeting point for this event is at the Weigh Bridge near the main entrance 10 minutes before the event time.

About James O’Mahoney and Nicole Crawford

James is a local researcher based in the Geography Department, UCC. He grew up in Douglas and has always had a keen interest in conserving and studying Irish Wildlife. He also enjoys helping people learn about the importance of biodiversity and the wildlife we can find at our own doorsteps.

Nicole is a landscape architect and artist from Canada. Her specialization is therapeutic landscapes, working mostly with native plants. She loves getting to know the Irish wildlife and culture, and is happy to chat about plants with anyone.

Becoming Kin Weekend

May 22nd is World Biodiversity Day, this year's theme is “Building a shared future for all life” To mark World Biodiversity Day the KinShip project has programmed a weekend of FREE citizen-led events as part of the Becoming Kin strand of the project on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd.

All are welcome, we hope you can join us in Tramore Valley Park.

World Biodiversity Day


About The KinShip Project

The KinShip Project is a long term public artwork, developing a variety of socially engaged cultural initiatives at Tramore Valley Park over 2022.

Tramore Valley Park has been the site of great environmental change. From 1964 to 2009, this site was used as a landfill for Cork city. The area first opened up as a park in 2015 before fully opening to the public in 2019.

The KinShip art project offers artists and interested communities an opportunity to gather, and to respond creatively and critically to the ecological and climate action challenges we face today. The overall aim of the art project is to develop a sense of connection between the people of Cork and the ecology of the park. This project is an opportunity to develop a new relationship with the park, modeling ‘care’ as a civic responsibility to all the inhabitants. This is a space to alter our mindset about the relationship we have with the natural world, to address the legacy of ‘throw away’ culture and to engage with new modes of managing waste.

Led by artists LennonTaylor, in partnership with Cork City Council. The KinShip Project is a recipient of the inaugural #CreativeClimateAction fund, an initiative from the Creative Ireland Programme in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications that supports creative, cultural and artistic projects that build awareness around climate change and empower citizens to make meaningful behavioral transformations. Local project partners include Cork Healthy Cities, Cork Nature Network, Cork UNESCO Learning Cities, Cork Learning City, Green Spaces Cork for Health, MTU Clean Technology Center and UCC Environmental Research Institute.

How to Get Involved in the Becoming Kin programme over 2022.

This invitation is extended to any Cork city-based person, group, non-profit organization or group of friends that wants to share a special interest in Tramore Valley Park or any of the issues that the KinShip project is addressing.

You're invited to propose a 1-2hr walk, talk, demo or workshop for adults in Tramore Valley Park. Themes might include nature, ecology, conservation, history, sustainability, community, archeology, folklore, foraging, recycling and repairing, wildlife, food, gardening and growing, geology, engineering, rambling, woodcraft, astronomy, composting, movement, kite flying, biodiversity, flora and fauna, or anything that goes on underground, on the ground or in the air.

Fill out a very short form at https://www.corkcity.ie/en/kinship/becoming-kin/ or contact us at kinshipapplications@gmail.com

Getting to the Park

More information on how to get to Tramore Valley Park can be found here.