Gortbrack Organic Farm near Tralee, Co Kerry welcomes many schools and community groups to experience the magic of nature first hand. Today children from Educate Together School in Tralee are visiting the farm. Filmmaker in Residence with Kerry County Council Arts Office, Lisa Fingleton, comes along too. The footage is edited with senior and first class students to show some of the adventures of their visit…
We have completed the construction of a new Wildlife Study Area in Gortbrack. After a very wet summer, the nice dry and warm weather of this Autumn finally let us complete our new pond platform and bird-hide, thanks to The Heritage Council funding.
These two additions are a great improvement to the nature study capabilities for visitors to the farm. One of the favourite activities of our younger visitors from primary schools and groups like scouts and girl guides is pond dipping. Thanks to the pond platform now this can be done on a safer way and without eroding the edges of the pond.
The bird hide was built as a platform inside the barn. It is a quiet secluded area with great views for observation of the wildlife over the ponds and fields of the upper farm without being detected. It is also a good spot for nature photography..
Both developments will give ourselves and visitors to the farm a deeper understanding of the value of biodiversity.
We would like to thank again The Heritage Council for the grant aid for this project.
Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or an entire planet. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems. Biodiversity is in part a function of climate. In terrestrial habitats, tropical regions are typically rich whereas Polar Regions support fewer species.
Rapid environmental changes typically cause mass extinctions. One estimate is that less than 1% of the species that have existed on Earth are extant.
Third level biodiversity study now available at Gortbrack Organic Farm.
Many aspects of the importance of biodiversity in food production can be studied at Gortbrack Organic Farm. Please contact Cathy Eastman for more details.