On Wednesday 20th of May, 5th class and the green school committee had a biodiversity day out. Olivia from An Taisce and The Clean Coast programme visited our class. She talked about marine life, dunes, how we can impact our coastal areas in a good way and a bad way. She displayed a variety of shells, seaweed and fossils.
We then went to Strandhill by bus and explored the rock pools. We found anemone, oyster shells, limpets, mussels, dog whelk, both edible and flat periwinkle, razor shell, crabs and fossils. We also saw gut weed, bladder wrack and kelp.
We went to Shelly valley and looked at the dunes. We saw where the dunes were trampled on and where the maram grass had disappeared. We were shown how to plant maram grass and we planted some. We played a game in Shelly valley which involved analysing shells. We also were informed in approximately 2000 BC many people feasted on shellfish and left the shells there and that is why it is called Shelly valley. The name Sligo means “the Shelly place” and there are shell middens along the Culleenamore beach dating back to similar time.