|The 2013 Plant Science undergraduates|
Each year the incoming junior freshmen (third year students) have introductory field course to learn some basic techniques, as well as to get to know each other. This year it was based in and around the Wicklow Mountains National Park and was enjoyed by students and staff alike. The first few days were filled with bright sunshine and that made the excursion to, and work on, Liffey Head Bog (the source of the River Liffey) very pleasant indeed: in fact it was almost too hot. The field work was combined with two overnight stays in Glendalough allowing the woodlands nearby to be investigated as well as the local pubs! Later days were spent at Avoca exploring the mining area and on the coast at Bull Island looking at estuarine and sand dune vegetation and some of the management issues dealing with a nature reserve right in the centre of the City.