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Children participating in citizen science in Galway.

Kick sampling and creepy crawlies are great ways to learn about blue dot water quality. That’s according to Connacht school children who tried catchment science for the first time.

The Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) organised stream sampling sessions for children aged 10-12 from six primary schools in County Mayo in May 2023.

The aim was to raise awareness of water quality in Blue Dot Catchments within walking distance of each school. Experts were on hand to explain the idea behind Blue Dot Catchments and talk about how invertebrates can tell the story of water quality in high-quality Blue Dot streams.

Click here to read the full Mayo National Schools Blue Dot Catchments Stream Sampling Sessions report from May 2023.

Mayo school children posing for a photograph during their citizen science experience.
Tom Carolan, LAWPRO Community Water Officer for Mayo and North Roscommon with local school children. May 2023 Mandatory Credit ©Coiscéim Consulting

Raising awareness of the ‘catchment concept’ led to more fun outings for students in September. Over 250 children from Connemara schools got the chance to learn the difference between the ‘good guys’ and the ‘bad guys’ when it comes to invertebrates.

The events were highly rated and you can learn more by clicking on this evidence report.

Further Reading:

Click here to read how St. Michael’s NS in Crimlin are proud of their clean stream.

Click here to see pictures of Scoil Bhríde Tír Na Cille enjoying their day of citizen science.

Click here to see pictures of Scoil na bhForbacha children ag obair le Clár timpeallachta Blue Dots