Hook Head Talk with Jim Hurley

  Join Jim Hurley of South Wexford Coast Promotions for a celebration of the many wonderful natural heritage resource values of the Hook peninsula. Jim’s talk with explore the bedrocks with their outstanding fossils, wild plants, amazing underwater marine life, wild birds, spectacular whales and dolphins and the nature conservation designations of the Hook peninsula. Date: 23rd May Location: Wexford Library, Mallin St., Wexford Town Time: 7 PM – 8.30 PM Contact: 053-9196760 / wexfordlib@wexfordcoco.ie Free event and all are welcome. Read more…

Observing Badgers in Dublin by night – 19th May

  Explore a badger sett and learn how this secretive animal lives with educator and ecologist Conn Flynn. After dark, Conn aims to provide onlookers with the rare experience of witnessing badgers forage. This animal is famously evasive so there are no guarantees but participants will find out how to monitor badgers with minimal impact. This will take place in an undisclosed location in Dublin because, unfortunately, badgers are still persecuted. Mr Flynn, who is a member Read more…

‘Biodiversity Safari’ in Killarney National Park observing Sea Eagles and other species – 21st/22nd May 2016

  This two day event in Killarney National Park, guided by dedicated and knowledgeable staff from the Killarney National Park Education Centre, will take in the best of the wildlife that this designated Biosphere Reserve has to offer! The first day of the event will include a tour by boat to attempt to see the majestic Sea Eagles, which are nesting on Lough Leane, followed by a moderate trek along the lakes and through Derrycunihy Wood, looking Read more…

Watching Marine Birds and Mammals on a trip around Dublin’s Lambay and Rockabill Islands – 17th May 2016

  The famously private Lambay Island off Dublin’s coast is a biodiversity hot spot. The island boasts the biggest cormorant colony in Ireland and Britain as well as the most significant seal colony on Ireland’s east coast. Rockabill is noted for its internationally important population of Roseate Terns, as well as hosting Black Guillemots and Kittiwakes. Participants will leave Malahide in the afternoon and travel by boat around the beautiful islands viewing the bird and marine life Read more…

Coastwatch volunteers uncover massive honeycomb reef on South East coast

A one kilometer long honeycomb reef has been reported in the Waterford estuary.  Members of Coastwatch Ireland are now working to find out if this honeycomb reef is the biggest of its kind in Europe. A French reef near the town of Saint-Malo in Brittany currently holds the record. The honeycomb reef is created by a small worm (sabellaria albeolata) that lives inside small tubes that it builds from sand and shell. When thousands of these worms work Read more…