On the 17th May 2016 BIG hosted the launch of the Ballon Biodiversity project.
This was generously supported by the Heritage Council of Ireland who’s CEO Michael Starett officiated.
Full details of this project are covered comprehensively in the booklet available from Ballon Business and Training Services at the give away price of €10. This is a must for nature lovers young and old and is a valuable learning tool.
The picture gallery covers the salient points of the day and there will be a video soon of the three choirs.
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Press Release 22/5/16
Dúlra Bhalana Biodiversity Project for Ballon Village, Co. Carlow
Ballon Biodiversity – Dúlra Bhalana Study, Audit and Plan was launched by Mr Michael Starrett the CEO of the Heritage Council in Ballon N.S. on Tuesday 17th May 2016.
The Biodiversity audit and study commenced in March 2015 and completed in November 2015.
Michael Starrett C.E.O of the Heritage Council launched the study. Michael said “Congratulations to the Ballon Improvement Group on identifying the need for such a study. This local plan is a wonderful example of how committed the group are to raising local awareness and enjoyment of Ballon’s unique Biodiversity assets”.
Ballon Improvement Group commissioned Local Ecologist Ciarán Byrne to do an audit and to provide a plan for future sustainable development.
We were successful with our application to the Heritage Council under the Grants for Community based Heritage Scheme for 2015.
Ballon Improvement Group are very proud to be launching this very unique and informative account of what the ecologist encountered in his many field trips around our hinterland.
The overall aim of the project was to assess and evaluate the Biodiversity of Ballon Village and environs. Happy to say we have been successful and have created an awareness of the diverse range of fauna and wildlife in the area.
We included Ballykealy Lake in the study which was dug out by locals in famine times and has been allowed naturalised over the years.
Maire George, Chairperson of Ballon Improvement Group said. “This plan will provide a template for anyone who enjoys nature and wants to do further study of local biodiversity”.
Ballon Improvement Group has loads of ideas going forward but feel that the government should support more family and community-led initiatives as the benefits are wide-ranging.
This launch comes close on the heels of the very successful launch of Ballon’s 1916 commemoration garden in in March 2016.
We thank the local community and all who helped us get this project completed.
Our aim is that the plan will be a huge educational and cultural resource for future generations.