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Celebrate World Wetlands Day this Sunday, February 2nd

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.

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