This year’s Leinster-based field course for incoming JS students in Plant Science passed off very successfully. Following a bright, hot and sunny afternoon in the TCD Botanic Gardens at Dartry, the next day saw the group out on the top of the Wicklow Hills at the source of the River Liffey. There, despite the mist, students practiced a number of ecological surveying techniques, resulting in many interesting plants and animals being reorded
Next day the field course moved onto the woodlands at Glendalough where they studied the history and vegetation of the woodlands. It was a surprise to find that the woodlands, though they look pristine, are in fact the product of re-growth following extensive deforestation in previous centuries.
Thursday saw a very pleasant trip made to North Bull Island’s sand dunes where the vegetation succession was investigated .