Field Visit: Rocky Seashore Walk - 2015 Activity Series

Rush, Co. Dublin
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The Rocky Shore, Rush, Co. Dublin

The IBIOLI, as part of its Activity Series 2015, invites its members, families, friends and general public to join this family-friendly, free, and guided walk event on a Rocky Seashore. Come and explore, learn and enjoy the treasures of walking on the Rocky Shore at Rush, Co. Dublin, guided by Dr Tasman Crowe, from the School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, on Saturday, June 13th, from 3 to 5pm.

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Map showing location of the Meeting Place, and the Rocky Shore (from Google Maps) - Click to enlarge
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Photo showing location of the Meeting Place, and the Rocky Shore (from Google Earth) - Click to enlarge

The rock platform at Rush has a wealth of marine life and provides a great introduction to the rocky shore fauna and flora in the Dublin area. It has been the site of a number of experimental studies of community ecology and is routinely sampled as part of a European network investigating long-term changes in coastal marine biodiversity. We will explore the shore, get to know some of the seaweeds, invertebrates and vertebrates that inhabit it and learn about their biology and ecology. It will be an informal visit and children are very welcome.

We will set off from the car park at 3 pm, so please arrive in plenty of time. If we have gone when you arrive, simply walk down the steps to the beach and join us on the rocky shore. We will be there until approximately 5 pm.

You should wear wellington boots or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet with salt water. The rocks can be very slippery so make sure your shoes have good grip and take great care at all times. Bring a shore guide and hand lens if you have them.


Getting There:

On arriving in Rush, follow Lower Main Street towards the harbour, where it becomes Harbour Road. We will meet in a small car park on the left (lat-long 53.522616, -6.081853), just after the Harbour Bar on the right, with the harbour and beach in view (see images below). 

Download a copy of the supporting material "Rocky Shore Survey" (free to download) to enrich your knowledge about this rocky seashore visit.