GMIT Castlebar is hosting what should be an interesting talk about Mayo’s landscape, this Wednesday at 8 pm. Organised by the Mayo Historical and Archaeological Society, the presentation will be given by Prof. Peter Coxon of the Geography Dept at TCD and is open to the public.
Here is what the Society has to say about its event :
“Changing landscapes of western Ireland: climate and scenery”
“This talk will look at the causes of global climate change and the way such changes have altered the West of Ireland landscape. Taking evidence from the west of Ireland, Mayo and Clare Island in particular, the talk will investigate past landscapes and attempt to explain how and why the landscape has evolved the way it has.”
This talk should be particularly interesting for those of us who like to get out and walk the Mayo countryside. It’s always nice to improve our understanding of what we’re walking on and in, how it was formed, how it has evolved and what may happen into the future to these landscapes that we take for granted today.
Of course, Mayo’s vast bogs dominate our visual recognition of changes that have taken place here, with their buried Scots Pines and their expansive ground coverage. On guided walks I lead here, the bogs seem to always make the greatest impression on visitors from other places. We also have Clew Bay, standing before us as a clear reminder of what came grinding through this landscape during the last great Ice Age.
Should be an interesting evening.