Beautiful autumnal skies greeted the walkers participating in the Carlow Walking Festival in Borris as we ambled along the 6km Barrow walk, guided by Una Halpin of Wildways Adventures. We all received fantastic autumnal ID guides and we and scrutinised the verges of the tow path for seasonal flora and fauna. Sloes, Blackberries and the invasive Himalayan were all spotted as well a Comma, Polygonia c-album, warming its delicate wings on a rock.
My second walk on Sunday was guided by Mary White of Blackstairs Ecotrails through the best Beech Scott's pine wood in Carlow . as we walked, our guides told us about healing properties Herb Robert and the now banned St. John's wort. Female holly plants were sagging with bwerries
We learnt about how black napweed pollen attracts butterflies and bees,herbalists use black beret mends trouble with the water as well as how to make Gorse flower icecream
Infuse in water
Of the most intreset wzsd the rray of fungi. In Ireland we have
33 butterfly's species
127 breeding bird secies
800 wild plants
Over 4000 and growing fungus
Next up is Carlow is Oak Park Forrest Park.