Envirico deliver a variety of different training programmes to suit our client’s needs. This year has been unique, and we have need to be innovative and flexible with our training approaches in 2020 in order to overcome the challenges faced due to Covid-19. We are proud to say that we have successfully completed both large and small-scale training programmes, despite the challenges faced by everyone this year, and we would like to thank all who participated.
The Nore Vision is an ambitious project co-funded by all 4 of the LEADER Partnerships within the Nore Catchment – Carlow/Kilkenny, North & South Tipp and Laois. The project kicked off in Jan 2020 and is due to complete by May 2021. Envirico are delivering two lots of the Nore Vision project in collaboration with our project partners Veri. Our work has involved establishing a working Citizen Science system for capturing Water Quality data, and educating people on the survey and control of Invasive Alien Plant Species within the catchment.
As part of this project we have helped to pilot the new Citizen Science Stream Index and the Nore Vision volunteers have gathered a huge amount of data on how water quality varies across the Nore catchment using this system. We have also provided training on Dragonfly ID, the Small Stream Impact Score, Invasive Species Surveying & Control, and the use of Drones for surveying.
Click here to listen to Envirico’s Dr. Amanda Greer and Veri’s Ann-Marie McSorley discuss the Nore Vision project on KCLR.
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In 2020 Envirico and Veri were contracted to provide a series of training courses to various community groups within the River Suir catchment on behalf of South Tipperary Development CLG. This project consisted of a classroom session (quickly moved to Zoom due to Covid hitting in the middle of the first course) followed by a riverside session on Invasive Species ID and control and Water Quality Assessments using the macroinvertebrates (bugs) found in our small streams. Declan Cullagh from Inland Fisheries Ireland also carried out some electrofishing during the riverside sessions and participants were able to examine live eels, salmon, trout, lamprey and sticklebacks at close hand. We received the following client feedback on this course delivery “I attended the Suir Biodiversity field day yesterday with Julie. It was a really excellent session, full of information all presented in a really user friendly, patient way, but still not dumbing down the science. Thanks to you and the Envirico team and Julie in particular for all the work on this programme through very difficult circumstances.”
A new programme for 2021, Envirico are delivering Water Conservation Training to interested Carlow communities, on behalf of Carlow County Development Partnership. Participants will learn how to reduce, reuse and harvest water and why this is so important, even in a rainy country like Ireland! By the end of the programme each participating community will produce a Water Conservation Management Plan for their area, which lays out short-and long-term Water Conservation goals and how to achieve these. These plans will form a useful basis for gaining funding for communities that wish to take their water conservation even further.
Irish law requires all people who intend to apply pesticides for professional use or outside of their own home environment to both hold the appropriate qualification and register with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as a professional user of pesticides. Envirico can provide training in the safe use of pesticides, pesticide application using handheld equipment on land and near water, use of stem injection equipment and minimum calibration equipment. All of our pesticide courses are certified by LANTRA and successful completion will allow learners to register as Professional Users of Pesticides.