Having relocated to County Tipperary in the last few months, I have taken to exploring my surroundings of the county and have not had to look far ..
The Cabragh Wetlands Trust was registered in 1993 to preserve a large area of wetland previously occupied by the Thurles Sugar Factory. After its closure the settling pools were filled in. These lagoons used to be an oasis of wildlife, in particular for bird wildlife. So the trust having formed, acquired the land near to the filled in lagoons to make sure that the area would again continue to be a resting place for migratory birds. The centre is run by volunteers who are committed to promoting the Wetlands. School trips are organised for children and adults alike and continues to be a major attraction.
So having heard about this place from a nearby wildlife enthusiast in Cashel I headed up to the location which is only ten minutes away from my home, just south of Holycross.. And what a Gem the place is !!!. The list of wildlife habituating this place is impressive. From birds to flora and insects, it is indeed heaven for a photographer and wildlife enthusiast. Walkers, artists and families come here just to sample the peaceful atmosphere and abundant natural beauty of the place. There are various routes around the facility, designed to allow the visitor to enjoy the experience with information boards and raised footways. I cannot recommend this place enough for both the distant visitor to Ireland and those living closer by. The above photograph was taken in late August just before sunset and on a calm evening with stunning skies. The light at this time of day, shows of the wetlands to its best. I have yet to visit early in the morning, but I would imagine it would be well worth getting up a little early before dawn to see the place waking up to the day.