New Video: On the banks of the River Laid
I’m finishing up my posts on my trip to Northern Ireland as you read this, but I wanted to get these videos up.
To really understand the scale of the river conservation project in Glengormley, you have see the lads’ handiwork for yourself. (There’s a lot of great footage from the banks of the River Laid, 10 clips in all)
Using an old tyre as an insect habitat is an innovative solution to illegal dumping.
The two boys worked on the restoration project on their own initiative.
They hope to conserve the reed bed.
Among other things, they pulled a burnt-out motor scooter from the river.
Using natural materials from the area, they built groins and other features to help control the flow of the river.
Now they hope that gravel will line the banks, creating a spot for trout to spawn.
Clearing over growth brought fish to new areas of the river!
They’ve noticed a lot of pollution from passing lorries and have contacted local authorities.
Some of the rocks used to restore the river.
“That’s why they call him the groin king!”
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