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May
15
Sat
The Black Darter Dragonfly – get crafty and make your own dragonfly @ Online
May 15 all-day
The Black Darter Dragonfly - get crafty and make your own dragonfly @ Online

Dragonflies are important indicator species of both freshwater and terrestrial habitats. The Black Darter dragonfly is found on peatlands and in acidic freshwater habitats where its presence alone represents the quality of the natural environment. It is under threat as a result of human activity such as the draining of peatlands, peat extraction and climate change. To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council want to raise the profile of our winged peatland friend by designing a social media tutorial video for the younger generation. Viewers will learn how to make their own dragonfly from the comfort of their own homes, using easily sourced materials. This engaging event will kick start our celebration of Biodiversity week.

No registration needed, simply follow along at home! Registration button will bring you to the Facebook page where the video will be launched, or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/IPCC.ie

Lizards and Newts in coastal habitats @ Online
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lizards and Newts in coastal habitats @ Online

Lizards and Newts in coastal habitats.
The lives of these protected animals, what they love and hate and how to help them.
Expert speaker on zoom: Rob Gandola, The Herpetological Society of Ireland

Wildflowers of Merlin with Ciaran Bruton @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wildflowers of Merlin with Ciaran Bruton @ Merline Woods, Galway
On Saturday 15 th May , botanist Ciaran Bruton will lead us on a walk around the habitats of Merlin Park Woods , exploring the wildflowers.

Ciaran has a great knowledge of the wildflowers and grasses of Merlin Park Woods and has studied the wide variety of habitats over the last number of years, an opportunity to learn how to identify some of the amazing late Spring / early Summer species of Merlin Park Woods

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 11 am and will have a limited number of people in attendance to comply with Covid guidelines. All tickets will be have to be booked through eventbrite to attend . The event is organised by Friends of Merlin Woods as part of Biodiversityweek 2021.

Biodiversity in the Coomhola River Catchment @ Bantry, Cork
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Biodiversity in the Coomhola River Catchment @ Bantry, Cork

Participants will go instream to sample aquatic macroinvertebrates, learn how to identify them, and how this census indicates local Water Quality. This will form the basis for ensuing dialogue on how these invertebrates interact with other species within the local Foodweb, and how our adoption of Best Practice in pursuit of livelihood, recreation, and domestic management may lessen anthropogenic impacts upon local Habitats & Species.

All of these free, familyfriendly events @ The StreamSchool, Coomhola, Bantry, Co. Cork P75 TY47(As numbers attending are restricted please book in advance on 027 50453 or at streamscapes1@gmail.com)

Coastal Riches and Coastal Restoration @ Online
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Coastal Riches and Coastal Restoration @ Online
Our talk explores aspects about protecting our coastlines, as well as discussing habitat restoration and projects.

Green Foundation Ireland invites you to participate in the above evening online talk from 19:00 to 20:00 on Saturday evening 15 May 2021.

As always at our events, an important part will be the Q&A session which will allow full participation by those attending.

THEME

Coastal Riches and Coastal Restoration explores aspects about protecting our coastlines, as well as discussing habitat restoration and projects.

OUR GUEST SPEAKER

KARIN DUBSKY

Karin is an experienced member of the environmental NGO community, post-graduate scientist researcher, consultant and teacher. She works in Trinity College Dublin, and has practical scientific and basic legal expertise in water, biodiversity, waste, planning, public participation and access to justice issues.

Karin founded Coastwatch – which developed into Coastwatch Europe – a voluntary organisation which monitors the coastal and wetland environments of several European countries, campaigns for improvements to environmental policies and for the implementation of existing environmental legislation, and organises public information events and seminars.

TICKET DETAILS

While admission is FREE to this event, you MUST register beforehand as places are extremely limited.

Log-on details will be issued nearer the time to those who register.

May
16
Sun
Virtual Bat Box Building @ Online
May 16 all-day
Virtual Bat Box Building @ Online
Having already joined us for a talk on bats, people will be supplied with bat box kits to make up in their homes, and then send us photos
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
BIODIVERSITY WEEK – Workshop:
Virtual Bat Box Building

Some tidy towns groups in Fingal have already attended a talk on bats and these people will be supplied with bat box kits which they will make up on Sunday 16 May. They will make these in their homes, and send the photos of the boxes to us. Sites for the boxes have been chosen in Balbriggan, and the boxes will be put in place when COVID guidelines allow.

Ballymoney Lizards @ Ballymoney Beach
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ballymoney Lizards @ Ballymoney Beach
Find out all about lizards.
where they live
what they love and fear
why they bask and where they give birth.
Then help create good lizard habitat along the Wexford Coastal Trail.
Ireland’s only resident reptile is fascinating and protected.
Help it thrive here.
Expert led field trip & training with RobGandola, The Herpetological Society of Ireland.
Numbers are capped at 15 due to Covid restrictions. Please book by contacting Karin Dubsky at 086 8111684.
This is just one of the Coastwatch events as part of National Biodiversity Week 2021.
Creating with Nature lead by Debbie Reilly @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Creating with Nature lead by Debbie Reilly @ Merline Woods, Galway
Join artist Debbie Reilly for a workshop on creating with nature in Merlin Woods.

Artist and Woodland Copicer Debbie Reilly has worked with Friends of Merlin Woods for a number of years on many different projects which aims to educate and inform people on how to care and enjoy time in the woodlands . Join us in this beautiful workshop to create your own piece of natural art in Merlin Woods working with the principle of Leave No Trace.

This project commenced during Galway 2020 and we would like to continue to give people a chance to participate in a hands on workshop.

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 11 am and will have a limited number of people in attendance to comply with Covid guidelines. All tickets will be have to be booked through eventbrite to attend . The event is organised by Friends of Merlin Woods as part of Biodiversityweek 2021.

What lizards love – Fieldtrip @ Ballymoney Beach
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
What lizards love - Fieldtrip @ Ballymoney Beach

What lizards love – Fieldtrip along the Ballymoney coast with Wexford Trails Expert, Rob Gandola. Only 15 spaces available.

Please book by contacting Karin Dubsky at 086 8111684.

Blue Dot Catchments: Cradles of Biodiversity @ Bantry, Cork
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Blue Dot Catchments: Cradles of Biodiversity @ Bantry, Cork

The ‘Blue Dot’ initiative seeks to conserve remaining ‘HighStatus’ waterbodies throughout Ireland. As the Coomhola River has been classified ‘BlueDot’, we will look at what this means for the Catchment and how citizens may contribute to the Blue DotCatchment concept.

All of these free, familyfriendly events @ The StreamSchool, Coomhola, Bantry, Co. Cork P75 TY47(As numbers attending are restricted please book in advance on 027 50453 or at streamscapes1@gmail.com)

May
17
Mon
Peatland Habitat & Biodiversity Crossword @ Online
May 17 all-day
Peatland Habitat & Biodiversity Crossword @ Online

Peatlands, people and biodiversity are strongly connected on the Island of Ireland.  The Irish Peatland Conservation Council have designed a fun peatland themed crossword to challenge your peatland knowledge and to celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021. The  crossword is aimed at adults with an interest in learning about peatlands. You will  explore the different values, habitats and biodiversity of peatlands by completing this crossword and you will gain a greater understanding of these wet and wild  places in Ireland. You can find support for answering the questions at www.ipcc.ie.

The  event is free and in conjunction with IPCC’s Peatland Passport, an online resource  on http://www.ipcc.ie/visitor-attraction/peatland-passport-ireland/ where individuals and families can find a peatland local to them so they can explore for themselves the  wonder of peatlands. Two  winners will be selected and given a 1 year  free Friend of the Bog membership.  To win this prize, send your completed crossword to us by email at www.bogs@ipcc.ie or by post to the Bogs of Allen nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, R51 V293.

No registration needed, simply download the crossword and get stuck in! Registration button will bring you to the Facebook page where the crossword will be officially launched on may 17th, or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/IPCC.ie

Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards.

As part of Biodiversity Week (17th – 22nd May) we are running a series of tours that explore the vital conservation work we do on our farm and how this work helps enrich Ireland’s agricultural biodiversity. Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards, native woodland and purpose built seed bank. Join us to learn about rare heirloom vegetable varieties that date back to the 1700’s and explore our heritage apple varieties steeped in Irish history.

***please bring water proof clothes and sturdy footwear in-case of rain***

Biodiversity with Leif Barry @ Online
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Biodiversity with Leif Barry @ Online
Biodiversity decline. Why to be concerned and what can you do. Meet expert Leif Barry.

Biodiversity decline. Why should you be concerned and what can you do. Meet expert Leif Barry for a one hour workshop from 7pm to 8pm online. An environmental scientist, Leif has been delivering workshops and presentations on biodiversity for over 10 years. You will find out how serious the decline in biodiversity is and what you can do to make a difference.

Be the change.

Dusk Chorus walk with Padraic Kearns @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dusk Chorus walk with Padraic Kearns @ Merline Woods, Galway
Join Padraic Kearns on a walk around Merlin Woods to explore the songs of the various species of birds which inhabit the area.

May is an amazing month to hear birdsong.

Padraic Kearns an expert on a wide variety of natural species and habitats will lead us on a walk around Merlin Park Woods to hear the songs of our birds and perhaps catch a glimpse of some of the various different species . Padraig has lead us on various different walks over the years in Merlin Woods and it is always a pleasure to learn from someone with so much knowledge and information on our native wildlife.

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 7pm and will have a limited number of people in attendance to comply with Covid guidelines. All tickets will be have to be booked through eventbrite to attend . The event is organised by Friends of Merlin Woods as part of Biodiversity week 2021.

Introduction to bats in Limerick @ Online
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction to bats in Limerick @ Online
Where to find bats in Limerick, what they do and how to attract them to your garden. Introduction to LBG Bat detector loan scheme.

Limerick bat group regularly gets queries from people who are interested in learning more about bats in Limerick and also how to use bat detectors. Because we are limited with Covid restrictions we often can’t get out to survey bats throughout the county. We are planning to run some online events on zoom to address those needs during biodiversity week. This listing is for the first of these events which will link to the second.

This online event will take place Monday 17 May at 7-8pm. “Introduction to bats in Limerick” will introduce participants to the different species and distribution of bats in Limerick. They will also learn about how they can help bats in their gardens and communities and where bats might be in their neighbourhood. During this event, we will determine interest for our second event and take names and addresses to post out detectors on-loan. Please note a small deposit will be required to borrow a detector and preference will be to loan them to people in and around County Limerick. This will be accompanied by a bat fact sheet and an online recording form .

The second event will take place on Friday 21 May at 7-8pm. “Using heterodyne bat detectors” and details will be on the separate event page. A final third event – Bat Rescue, will follow on the 25th of May.

These events will be fully covid compliant as participants can do the training online and the bat detectors will be posted out to the participants.

After the training the participants can self- direct but we will support through our bat group facebook page. We will set up a whatsapp group for those loaning detectors also.

There will be no charge for the public other than a refundable deposit for bat detectors that are loaned out.

May
18
Tue
A Walk through Shankill; A Template for Tidy Towns Groups @ Online
May 18 @ 11:00 am
A Walk through Shankill; A Template for Tidy Towns Groups @ Online
Can your town, village or suburb plant a tree for every resident? Hear how it’s done from Crann Director Diarmuid McAree

Diarmuid takes us on a “virtual walk” through the Dublin suburb of Shankill Crann’s “Trees for All” Project has planted over 20,000 trees, including 3,000 native saplings this season alone. This project has been up and running for almost a decade and works alongside Crann’s Easy Treesie Project in collaboration with Dun Laoghaire County Council and Shankill Tidy Towns.

The talk will be followed by a question and answer session. Diarmuid will be in conversation with Orla Farrell of the Easy Treesie Project, who is collaborating with children and their communities all over Ireland in planting 1 million saplings with Ireland’s 1 million school children.

This walk is part of a new series of virtual walks which commenced with a “Walk in Ballyseedy Wood”, Co. Kerry in a similar talk by Tom Houlihan of Teagasc at the recent TEDxCrannTreesforIreland conference. Note this event is being recorded and may be used for the promotion of tree planting, tree preservation and tree appreciation on our media channels. We reference the Power Summit commencing in Dublin next week and discuss the “Electric Decade” and its importance as we prepare for the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration where de-carbonising goes hand in hand with tree planting. Athenry, Co. Galway and Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny have succeeded in fulfilling Diarmuid’s challenge, other places such as Baldoyle in Dublin, Fingal are aiming for it; can your community rise to this challenge and plant not just one tree per child but a tree for every member of your local population?

Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards.

As part of Biodiversity Week (17th – 22nd May) we are running a series of tours that explore the vital conservation work we do on our farm and how this work helps enrich Ireland’s agricultural biodiversity. Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards, native woodland and purpose built seed bank. Join us to learn about rare heirloom vegetable varieties that date back to the 1700’s and explore our heritage apple varieties steeped in Irish history.

***please bring water proof clothes and sturdy footwear in-case of rain***

Exploring Mammals of Merlin Woods with Ruth Hanniffy VWT @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Exploring Mammals of Merlin Woods with Ruth Hanniffy VWT @ Merline Woods, Galway
Ruth Hanniffy , Vincent Wildlife Trust brings us on a journey around Merlin Woods exploring the habitats and signs of our native mammals.

Ruth brings us on a journey around Merlin Woods exploring the varying habitats needed by our local mammals. We learn how to find signs, tracks and trails of some of our well-loved mammals such as the Red Squirrel, foxes and other mamals which use the woodland.

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 7pm and will have a limited number of people in attendance to comply with Covid guidelines. All tickets will be have to be booked through eventbrite to attend . The event is organised by Friends of Merlin Woods as part of Biodiversityweek 2021.

Wicklow Rivers Ecology & Connectivity @ Online
May 18 @ 7:00 pm
Wicklow Rivers Ecology & Connectivity @ Online

Biodiversity Week 2021 in County Wicklow

National Biodiversity Week takes place 15th – 23rd May 2021 and offers a wonderful  opportunity to celebrate and explore  the rich variety of life in Ireland

In Wicklow, the Heritage& Biodiversity Office has teamed up once more with Wicklow Libraries to host one evening talk and one lunchtime workshop details as follows;

Tuesday 18th May 7 pm Wicklow Rivers Ecology & Connectivity; Join us to find out more about Wicklow’s rivers and some of the initiatives underway to improve the connectivity of these by remediating instream barriers to fish migration.

Thursday 20th May 1-2 pm Summer Wildflower Workshop: A lunchtime workshop from Oisin Duffy to assist in the identification and recording of our seasonal wildflowers

To Book: e mail wicklowheritage@wicklowcoco.ie and we will issue zoom invitations on the morning of each event

Bats in Ireland – a Virtual Exploration of Bats likely to Visit your Garden @ Online
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
Bats in Ireland – a Virtual Exploration of Bats likely to Visit your Garden @ Online

This talk will be delivered by bat expert Dr Tina Aughney as a combination of Zoom presentation and videos of bats in in her garden.

This online, virtual experience will be delivered by bat expert Dr Tina Aughney as a combination of Zoom presentation and videos of bats in her garden in Co. Cavan. Tina will go through bats that are likely to be attracted to your garden; hedgerows, plants and flowers that are likely to encourage bat activity; and trees, bat boxes, eaves and crevices in the surrounds of your garden that are likely to host/encourage bat roosts.

Tina has over 15 years’ experience in running bat conservation monitoring programmes and personally has developed a biodiversity haven in her own garden. She is committed to preserving native Irish plants and shrubs, which when under threat from development projects, find a new home in her back garden. Her COVID-19 project in 2020 was to install a pond in her back garden, which is a great way to encourage bats in your back garden through insect predation.

This virtual experience is a free event and will take place during Biodiversity Week 2021.