11th April 2013
Godwits and a Fish Trap
On the 11th April teacher Willie McSweeney and his class went to Glounthaune to look for colour ringed Godwits. Here is the class report on that trip:
Scoil Iosaef Naofa pupils and their teacher Willie McSweeney and Rosemarie Doherty (SNA) waiting for the train at Glounthaune after a great morning godwit watching.
(photo © Jim Wilson)
Trip to Glounthaune, April 11th 2013
An image taken by Marc Jones showing the line of what might be the top of stakes used to make the fish trap.
(photo © Marc Jones)
Post Script: The class emailed Dr. Aidan O'Sullivan from UCD, who is an archaeologist and expert on fish traps, and he sent the following reply:
'Yes, this looks like a fishtrap to me. It's V-shaped and on an eroding shoreline - and by the size of the bird, those look like small stakes. It looks medieval to me. Have a look at our fishtraps on the Fergus estuary and go through our images on Picasa and Youtube to get a sense of what we're looking at there. http://www.ucd.ie/archaeology/research/researcha-z/fei/ Click on the images and it will take you into Picasa directly. Incidentally, do be very, very careful, that looks like a soft shore. I wouldn't approach that site without local knowledge.'
A closer look would be needed to confirm this but it made for a very exciting morning!