Tallaght Community Council hosted the first guided bird and photography walk in Tallaght on Sunday 21st of May.
The walk was guided by bird expert from Wicklow, Oran O’Sullivan, award winning wild life photographer from Tallaght and TCC Environment Officer, Michael Finn and Tallaght photographer Declan Corrigan.
Led out by Simon Sweeney, outdoor enthusiast and current Tallaght Person of the Year 2016,
an exciting group of over 35 adults, children and 5 dogs met at the start of the Dublin Mountain Way in Sean Walsh Park in Tallaght and spent almost 3 hours on the Tallaght Waterways Walking Loop route (10 km) – which has been designed by the community.
The walking group took in the fabulous bird life and wildlife in Sean Walsh Park, the Whitestown stream and through the “forest walk” to reach the half way point at the impressive Balrothery Weir. This historic water structure dates from 1244 and once provided drinking water for Dublin City.
The group spotted herons, cootes, moorhen, marsh hens, mallards, the dipper and an otter/ badgers den on the walk.
On the return leg of the walk, the group followed the Dodder river, stopping to appreciate the recently cleared Old Bawn waterfall, before rambling back to Tallaght stadium.
The full loop is 10 km and follows Tallaght Waterways and heritage places of interest.
TCC are calling for the area around the stadium & Sean Walsh park to be formally designated as an “outdoor basecamp” area for outdoor activities such as hill walking, running, park recreation, fishing, bird watching etc. This looped walk starts & ends at the “Tallaght outdoor basecamp”.
“The potential to create an outdoor basecamp in this part of Tallaght is very compelling. TCC are strongly progressing this proposal. We believe in widening the scope of activities that can be located, nurtured and based in this base camp area” said Tara de Butler, PRO of TCC.
“The looped walk TCC have designed places Tallaght’s Waterways, rich nature and heritage at the core of the route, uniquely linking 3 parks- Sean Walsh, Tymon and Dodder Valley while providing a very interesting walk from urban to rural back to urban.”
The walk will be repeated in August as part of Heritage Week.