Updates: Free training/events and links to special sites in Youghal


1. Dear Communities,

Due to very popular demand, Cork County Council is delighted to announce, we will be running a third online Sustainable Gardening course on Thursdays from 12.30-1.30pm for 5 weeks.

The course is suitable for beginners and more advanced gardeners alike. Horticulturist Aoife Munn will be delivering this course which will be lively, interactive and covers everything from pollinator planting, creating wildflower areas to growing vegetables and much more.

This course is particularly interesting for Tidy Towns groups, Allotment Holders, Green Schools Coordinators and those wishing to really reduce their impact on the planet.

The course will run every Thursday lunch time at 12.30 for 5 weeks beginning 10th February 2022.

Numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Register online at the following link,

Thank you for your continued interest in the Greening Our City series. All previous webinars are available to download at

2. Green our Cities: We are delighted to continue this very popular series online on Tuesday February 22nd2022 at 2.30pm with

Local ProjectMs. Lauren Gilluery Seaside Squirrel Sustainable Craft Business

Main Presentation

Ms. Siobhan Clancy,Community Arts Coordinator Cork City Council

KinShip – a Durational Public Art Work in Tramore Valley Park

The KinShip Projectwill take place atTramore Valley Parkled by artists Lennon Taylor (Marilyn Lennon and Seán Taylor), in partnership with Cork City Council. The aim of The KinShip Project is to develop a kin-like connection between the community and its park, encouraging people to treat the park like an extension of their own family.

Discussion will follow both presentations

Once again SPACES ARE LIMITED and booking is essential at

3. From Wild Work: I wanted to let you know about a programme of free biodiversity training from Wild Work this year (video Youghal will be one of the locations for the training, so I would be grateful if you could spread the word. There is an expression of interest form for anyone who is interested

A little more information about the training can be found on the website

I will of course be available for one-off nature events for your groups throughout the year.

All the best,


4. Special Sites in Youghal:

There are two EU sites in Youghal – the Blackwater river Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the Blackwater Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA). There is a lot of scientific data available for each of these sites

The direct link for the Blackwater River SAC data is here:

The direct link for the Blackwater Esutary SPA data is here:

Ballyvergan Marsh is a proposed Natural Heritage Area (not an SAC). I will dig out a site description for this site for you and send it on.

The boundaries of all of these sites are visible on all of our internal map browsers/viewers. This is a link to the Envrionmental Browser:Environmental Viewer (corkcoco.localgov)

To view the boundaries of the SAC, SPA and the pNHA, just click the link above, zoom in on Youghal and turn on the NPWS Designated Areas layer from the menu to the lhs of the screen.

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