Listen: NFGWS discusses biodiversity and water quality links

Beekeeper and caretaker of Achill Water Treatment Plant, Farrell Gallagher, and Seán Corrigan (NFGWS) at the launch of the Let it Bee initiative in Newport, County Mayo.

As part of Science Week 2021, NFGWS Source Protection Pilot Project Programme Lead, Seán Corrigan, joined Irish Water's David Fallon as a guest on Galway Bay FM, to talk about biodiversity and its link to water quality.

Speaking on the 'Galway Talks' morning show, Seán described some of the source protection initiatives that are being put in place by group water schemes and the co-benefits they have for drinking water and biodiversity. Seán detailed the strong engagement the various projects are getting from local farmers and communities who are all committed to improving water quality and leaving the environment in a better place for future generations. 

You can listen to Seán and David's interview from the 1 hour 28 minute mark here.

Let it Bee

Seán was also a guest on Midwest Radio's 'Farming Matters', where he discussed the launch of the Let It Bee initiative in Newport, County Mayo.

Supported by Irish Water, Mayo County Council, the NFGWS and the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), the initiative has allowed locals to get involved in the art of beekeeping. The new beekeepers are encouraging their neighbours and friends to manage their lands differently in order to protect their water sources and biodiversity.

Mayo beekeeper and mentor, Jude Walsh, also spoke on the show, with both him and Seán explaining the concept of the project and how it inspires local communities. You can listen to their interviews from 34 minutes in here