Knockatrina Woods

  • woodland
  • Visited: 13/11/18
Created by: Angela Connolly (Our Lady's Meadow P.S)
Who participated:
  • 4th Class
  • 5th Class

Eco Safari Description

Season of the visit: Summer

Our Class went on an Eco Safari to Knockatrina Woods yesterday. These woods are part of the much longer Durrow Leafy Loop Walk. We left the school grounds and headed towards the Kilkenny Road N77. Just on the outskirts of Durrow, we entered the Knockatrina House Stud (this is a private entry-public access further up the road). We continued up the path and entered the Woods. We did a loop walk around the woods, a distance of approximately 1.46 KM before returning to school.

We particularly chose to go yesterday as the Bluebells and Wild Garlic are in full bloom at this time of the year. Susan, who is a local wild-life expert, brought us on our walk and gave us lots of valuable and interesting information on our trip. She told us that Wild Garlic can have many uses in the kitchen, including as an ingredient for Pesto! There was also an abundance of Bluebells which some of us picked to put on display at home-not too many though!

Points of Interest

Flora

Wild Garlic

Flora

Bluebells.

Eco Safari Distance

  1. N/A
  2. 0-0.25 km
  3. 0.25-0.5 km
  4. 0.5-0.75 km
  5. 1 km+

Eco Safari Difficulty

Easy
Moderate
Challenging

Duration

  • 1-2 hours

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Playground

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Did you know?

The Pine Marten was almost extinct in Ireland in the past, however they are now recovering due to more people planting trees where they like to live. Its name in Irish is “cat crainn” meaning tree cat.

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The Jay is our most colourful member of the crow family and prefers to live in woodlands. They hide acorns by burying them for use during the winter months when food is scarce. Some of these buried acorns are not eaten and go on to grow into trees, for this reason Jays are sometimes known as the “foresters friend”.

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