29 May 2022

North Leitrim wildlife video goes viral

The Organic Centre in Rossinver were delighted when their video of local wildlife became a big hit last week. 

Since lockdown the Organic Centre has put a camera out to observe wild life and share any recorded activity with the general public. In the early hours of February 10th, the camera caught nature at its best with an otter, and fox competing for a very large salmon just beside the centre. The trail camera has been monitored by Organic Centre staff and volunteers.

Dervilla Keegan from the Organic Centre said "Anyone who has followed our little camera will know already that we have caught a glimpse of foxes, herons and pine martins. But our volunteers were blown away and totally over the moon to do their regular check and to witness such a sight. It was like nature was putting on its own little show. It certainly brightened up a cold Spring morning".

The video quickly went viral on social media with over 23,000 views to date and picked up by RTEs own wildlife expert Derek Mooney’s team from ‘Mooney goes wild’ who shared it nationally.

Dervilla added: "This is what it’s all about. Organic growing with no harmful chemicals is better for the health of our soil and water, and therefore better for our wildlife, its better for our own nutrition as well as the long-term health of our planet, in a time of a biodiversity and climate emergency".

And it's something to be proud of for Leitrim.

"In Leitrim we are blessed that you can see wildlife at different turns whether it’s that stag you might meet on the lake road in Dromahair or the resident hare you might spot at dusk.  While we sleep there’s still a buzz of activity that we are very lucky to share our world with. Getting a chance to see them gives us a great reminder to make sure we do everything we can to protect them in how we produce our food, and also make sure that our children can share their world with them too," said Dervilla.

The Organic Centre provides courses in protecting biodiversity, and organic growing. It is one year fully funded MSLETB course in Organic Horticulture recently extended its deadline for applications February 28th.

Dervilla says "This is a brilliant opportunity to learn how to grow with nature and maybe see for yourself some of the wildlife the centre supports in its work. You would be hard pushed to find a better setting for a  classroom!"   

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