Archive | April 2014

27 th April : Circuit of Coumtay and Mahon Falls

mahon falls route

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Mountain Research

SaxifrageCan YOU HELP our Mountain Plant Research?

Saxifraga spathularis, (Photo on Left) commonly known as St Partick’s Cabbage is one of a unique group of wildflowers native to Ireland, which originally came from the Iberian Peninsula (North Spain and Portugal) and therefore are known as the Lusitania Flora. These plants are mainly absent from Britain. The plants grow on shady mountain cliffs and relatively un-shaded South facing slopes, it has obvious zig-zag leaves which are oval or nearly round.

Huperzia selago, commonly known as Fir clubmoss, (photo below) one of four species of clubmoss found in Ireland, all of which are protected.

 

YOU CAN HELP map the distribution of these special plants in Ireland’s mountains.
If you see either plant please take a close up photograph and email it to: mike@mountainresearch.net
Please include:
• Your name
• The name of the mountain
• Date
It would be very helpful if you can also give a
• Grid reference (or the 1km Grid square)
• Altitude or contour height.
If you are not good with maps, Grid references and contour heights, other members of you walking club can usually help.
If you can’t photograph it please send the location information anyway.
Your help would be much appreciated, so a big thank you.
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Scrambling Saturday

Scrambling Saturday in the ComeraghsIMG_1424IMG_1427

Lots of exploration in the Coumshingaun area of the Comeraghs. Spring definitely in the air with many newborn lambs to be seen even though weather a little murky!

Sun eventually shines on Mt Leinster Walks

The heavy rain in the morning may have dissuaded some walkers but those who turned up were rewarded with sunshine and fine views after midday. Two walks were available , a “moderate” and a “moderate plus” , the former led by Pauline Lyall and the latter by Michael Wall. The  pace of the “moderate” meant a later return to Kiltealy than the “moderate plus” group who had taken in the Mt Leinster summit; Pauline’s group took the more southerly summit of the range, Blackstairs Mtn returning via Knockmullgurry. Photo below shows the group descending towards Caher Roe’s Den as the clouds clear!

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