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SATURDAY 21st MARCH 2015 DODDER VALLEY PARK, CO DUBLIN
LEADER: MARY CARSON
The Dodder River and its Wildlife and Spring Flora
Mary Carson, has led many a memorable outing along the banks of the River Dodder, and this event, in the Dodder Valley Park, was no exception. The Park extends for six kilometres from Old Bawn Bridge to Rathfarnham, and links the Dublin Mountains with suburbia. It consists of over 100 hectares of fragmented calcareous parkland and remnant countryside.
We met at Cherryfield, Knocklyon, where Mary, with the aid of maps outlined the history and ecology of the area. We then walked downstream, and along the way examined a wide variety of spring flora, before returning when we reached Firhouse Weir. The original weir, also know as the City Watercourse, was constructed in the 13th century to divert waters from the Dodder to supply the city.
After lunch we relocated further upstream to the Dodder Riverbank Park near Old Bawn. There, as well as exploring the riparian vegetation, we viewed the new bridge which was opened last autumn. This, the largest bridge over the river, is a landmark, single-span, steel suspended structure. It provides a shorter and more direct pedestrian and cycle route between Firhouse and Old Bawn, and will form part of the Dodder Valley Greenway cycle route.
Down the Dodder Georgian Dublin Rocque's Map
The City Waterfall The latest and largest Bridge
Lamium purpureum Fumaria species Petasites hybridus
Vicia sepium Saxifraga tridactylites Chrysosplenium oppositifolium
Prunus spinosa Alnus glutinosa Laurus nobilis
Ficaria verna Sinapis arvensis Smyrnium olusatrum
Tussilago farfara Taraxacum microspecies
Photographs © P. Lenihan
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