31 March 2015
To celebrate Easter and the return and rebirth of much of our wildlife during Spring, Riverwatch will be holding a springtime angling and environment event. This event will happen over the course of three days during Easter week and members of the public are very welcome to join us for a variety of themed activities over the course of the three days. Please note that the Riverwatch Aquarium is currently closed due to building works. However, we have some great family friendly activities running.
On Wednesday 8th April week we will be hosting arts and crafts workshops were visitors will be encouraged to create spring themed art using our aquariums, ponds, woodland area as well as the mighty Foyle as inspiration for their art. We’ll have an artist leading the workshops to help provide guidance toward producing beautiful art. There will also be a number nature trail and scavenger hunt activities to help find inspiration. We’ll be making magic wands, birds nests and learning about the fish, birds, insects and plant life found in the Foyle area. There will be River and Pond life on display and some of our marine creatures will be displayed in a small touch tank.
On Thursday 9th April we will be hosting an angling taster day were members of the public, young and not so young can learn how to fly cast, fly tie and to fish on our special angling pond. There will be opportunities to achieve CAST level one with fully qualified and highly experience angling instructors and learn the correct techniques for catch and release. There will also be bug workshops and dissection demonstrations were you can learn more about the importance of water quality and how the Loughs Agency protects Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown trout throughout the various stages of their life cycle.
On Friday 10th April we will be having a marine themed day were we will have our large trailer touch tank set up for guests to get a closer look at some of the species of crabs, starfish and fish that live in Lough Foyle and around our coast. We hope to improve your knowledge of the Ocean and Lough Foyle and give you a better understanding of the ecology of these beautiful places. There will be nature trails to participate in and marine litter and biodegradation workshops to learn more about what affects our wild rocky shores.
Event runs each day from 10am to 4pm. FREE Admission. First come first served.
Riverwatch is closed Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday.