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Guided Bay Walk to Mark World Wetlands Day 2022

Kerry County Council in association with Tralee Bay Wetlands will host a FREE guided bay walk to mark World Wetlands Day 2022. This great outdoor guided walk will be led by Alan Balfe the Wildlife and Educational Officer and ecologist of Tralee Bay Wetlands. This event will commence at the carpark of the lock gates and then journey down the Tralee Bay to see some of our amazing migratory bird species that are overwintering in Ireland. This is a great experience to get to know the resident birds and some that are only here for the winter months. We will discover the types of wetlands present in Tralee Bay and examine the threats to them.

World Wetlands Day, February 2nd , is a celebration of one of our world’s most vulnerable and yet most valuable natural habitats; it marks the adoption of the Ramsar Accord, a global treaty signed by over 150 countries that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of our fast-vanishing wetlands. At over 2000 Ramsar sites worldwide, schools, communities and organisations are celebrating everything that wetlands provide us, while raising awareness of the need to protect these fragile landscapes.

For first time ever World Wetlands Day will be officially observed within the context of United Nations as it was adopted as an International Day by UN General Assembly in August 2021.

Wetlands People for Action and Nature is the theme for 2022. A call to take action for wetlands is the focus of this years’ campaign. It’s an appeal to invest financial, human and political capital to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing and to restore those we have degraded.

To mark this day of International importance Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park, will host an immersive guided walk around the property to heighten public awareness around the critical importance of wetlands to people and the planet. Discover the long history of human use and reliance on wetlands and hopefully meet some of their wild residents!

This Guided Walk at Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre will be FREE of charge. However please note tickets must be pre booked in advance and are available from our website www.traleebaywetlands.org .

During this guided walk and venture around the main lake and wetlands marsh view and spot local birds in action. Learn more about the importance of wetland ecosystems and the services they provide.

On this day we will be venturing around our lake and urban wetlands marsh to find what birds are hiding nearby. After this walk you will hopefully be able to identify some local birds and have a greater appreciation of your local habitats. Wetlands are rich with biodiversity and are a habitat for a dense variety of plant and animal species. Latest estimates show a global decline of biodiversity, while wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests.

This year for world wetlands day why not go out and explore your local wetland. For all queries please call the centre on 066 7126700, visit the website www.traleebaywetlands.org, or email info@traleebaywetlands.org.

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