Members Reports and Photos
SATURDAY 29th JUNE 2013
NATURE WALK IN CORKAGH PARK
LEADER: FRIDOLIN KERR
A group of eight people overcame the showery weather, the midges and tourists and had a very enjoyable morning look at ferns on the acidic soils of Glendalough above the upper car park.
Despite the cloudy drizzly morning a small group of DNFC members came to see and hear of the general and natural history of Corkagh Park Clondalkin on Saturday June 29th.
Joe Hickey, one of South Dublin County Council’s park rangers, accompanied us and gave us his in-depth knowledge of the park past and present.
We spent quite some time going through trees from the 5 continents in the Great Famine Arboretum – we learned of leaf shape, arrangement and colour, different uses of the trees for their wood, bark, leaves and flowers and their impact on the insect world.
Joe then treated us to very welcome tea, coffee, buns and biscuits in the Information room which has photographs of and letters from past Corkagh House residents. The room also has bones, eggs, feathers, posters and stuffed birds to interest the many school children who visit. So our visit ended with tea and conversation to the cries of the nearby Pet Farm peacock, turkey, chickens and goats.
Photos © Dorothy Lyle
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