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May
13
Fri
Explore your local waterway during Biodiversity Week 2022! @ online
May 13 – May 22 all-day
Explore your local waterway during Biodiversity Week 2022! @ online

Do you have what it takes to be a Waterway Hero? May is a lovely time of year to get outdoors and explore the waterways.

Check out our free online workshop ‘Be a Waterway Hero’ as part of Biodiversity Week. The workshop features a virtual visit to the waterways highlighting the importance of being a responsible waterway user and respecting the environment when visiting your local canal, river or lake. There are lots of fun and interesting activities included like our Waterway Eco Wheel or Biodiversity Inspection which can be downloaded to bring along when you visit to your local waterway. There is also a ‘Waterway Hero’ certificate for all who take part!

Be sure to visit our Learning Zone website where the workshop is available until 22nd May:  Waterways Ireland | Learning Zone | School Programmes

May
14
Sat
Family Biodiversity Treasure Hunt @ Glendalough
May 14 @ 10:00 am – May 22 @ 5:00 pm

Free and available from the National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough (open 10am to 5.30pm).

May
20
Fri
Introduction to River Ecology @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Introduction to River Ecology @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork

Coomhola Salmon Trust has announced its range of StreamScapes Events in support of 2022 National Biodiversity Week, all to be held at ‘The StreamSchool’, Coomhola, Bantry, County Cork P75 TY47, between 13-22 May.

Following Schools Engagements during the Day, an ‘Introduction to River Ecology’ event with
Heritage-in-Schools Teacher & noted forager Stephanie O’Toole & Rauri Maguire: 3:00-5:00pm

Full schedule of events here: http://streamscapes.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/StreamScapes-2022-BioDiversity-Events.pdf

May
21
Sat
Learn how to draw a Fossil, with artist Hazel Ramsay @ Kerry County Museum
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Biodiversity Week and National Drawing Day and learn how to draw a fossil with artist Hazel Ramsay. You can learn all about fossils in Kerry and even win a family ticket to Kerry County Museum and the Aqua Dome. Simply drop into the Kerry County Museum in Tralee any time between 10:00am and 4:00pm and draw a fossil from our collection with Hazel. You can also bring one of your own fossils along – we’d love to see them! No booking required, all welcome, children should be always accompanied by an adult.

Location: Kerry County Museum, Denny Street, Tralee

Link to event: https://www.kerryheritage.ie/event/learn-how-to-draw-with-artist-hazel-ramsay/

Make Your Own Swift Box – Parent & Child @ The Rediscovery Centre
May 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Make Your Own Swift Box - Parent & Child @ The Rediscovery Centre
Swift populations have declined in recent years and this is attributed to the loss of natural breeding sites. Swift boxes give the birds a safe place to breed. During this workshop, Nessa Doran O’Reilly, programme manager at Rediscover Furniture, will help you and your child assemble a Swift box. Working as a team you will learn how to use a marking gauge, how to glue and pin, and also how to pilot drill and screw your nest boxes together ready to be brought home. All tools and materials will be supplied.
* Ticket is for one adult and one child
* The minimum age to participate in this workshop is eight years old and all children must be accompanied by one adult.

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/make-your-own-swift-box-parent-child-tickets-333465733987

Explorers Kraken Beach Event @ Inny Strand
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Free, family fun Kraken Beach Event with lots of prizes to be won! Join Sea Synergy on the beach to create sand sculptures of the mythical giant Kraken, go on treasure hunts and mini litter picks to celebrate European Maritime Day. All ages of children and adult welcome! Funded by the Marine Institute.

The event is at Inny Strand, but meet by Smugglers Inn Restaurant, Waterville, Murreagh, Co. Kerry

Book via link: https://roller.app/nationalaquarium/products/krakenemdevent?date=20220521#/sessions

or contact Sea Synergy on: Tel: 087 455 4034 // Email: info@seasynergy.org

More info: https://www.kerryheritage.ie/event/explorers-kraken-beach-event/

Naturally Wild in Bridgefoot Street Park @ Dublin
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Dale Treadwell of Naturally Wild to explore the biodiversity of our new Bridgefoot Street Park in Dublin’s city centre. Event suitable for children of all ages.

Brought to you by the Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan.

Please register at Naturally Wild children’s event in Bridgefoot Street Park Tickets, Sat 21 May 2022 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

For more information please contact biodiversity@dublincity.ie  or 01 222 3325

Salmon Sanctuaries @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Salmon Sanctuaries @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork

Coomhola Salmon Trust has announced its range of StreamScapes Events in support of 2022 National Biodiversity Week, all to be held at ‘The StreamSchool’, Coomhola, Bantry, County Cork P75 TY47, between 13-22 May.

‘Salmon Sanctuaries’, with Stephanie O’Toole & Rauri Maguire, 1:00-3:00PM

The ‘Salmon Sanctuaries’ Event includes presentation, discussion, field trip, viewing of the ‘Salmon Sanctuaries’ short film and free distribution of the Booklet (see https://bit.ly/3F3H1wt).

Full schedule of events here: http://streamscapes.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/StreamScapes-2022-BioDiversity-Events.pdf

Make Your Own Swift Box – Parent & Child @ The Rediscovery Centre
May 21 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Make Your Own Swift Box - Parent & Child @ The Rediscovery Centre
Swift populations have declined in recent years and this is attributed to the loss of natural breeding sites. Swift boxes give the birds a safe place to breed. During this workshop, Nessa Doran O’Reilly, programme manager at Rediscover Furniture, will help you and your child assemble a Swift box. Working as a team you will learn how to use a marking gauge, how to glue and pin, and also how to pilot drill and screw your nest boxes together ready to be brought home. All tools and materials will be supplied.
* Ticket is for one adult and one child
* The minimum age to participate in this workshop is eight years old and all children must be accompanied by one adult.

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/make-your-own-swift-box-parent-child-tickets-333465733987

Dark Skies for kids: Storytelling and Stargazing
May 21 @ 7:30 pm

Sky Bowl, Cloughjordan Amphitheatre at 7:30PM – Saturday 21st May

At 7.30 PM on Saturday, 21st May, there will be an event for children with storytelling, followed by stargazing for all.

Tell your story, read a poem, and be otherwise enchanted by John Flannery and his trip through the world’s myths and legends of the sky….

Bring your inspiration! Space is the place…(also bring a blanket, cushion etc to keep warm as the evening unfolds…)

For more information contact: darksky.cloughjordan@gmail.com.

Pre-“Bat walk” activity for families @ Sallins Pier
May 21 @ 8:30 pm
Pre-“Bat walk” activity for families @ Sallins Pier

Pre-“Bat walk” activity for families with Sallins Tidy Towns @8.30pm

A child-centred event to learn about bats for families who have booked a place on the Bat Walk.

Booking: sallinsbiodiversitygroup@gmail.com. This event is free and open to all.

Location: Sallins Pier

Hosted by Sallins Biodiversity Group with Kildare Bat group

May
22
Sun
Biodiversity Bugs with Anna @ The Organic Centre
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Family Fun craft workshop for Biodiversity day with art therapist and regular favorite Anna Mulvihill.  Part of a free program of events for Biodiversity week.

Link: https://www.theorganiccentre.ie/event/biodiversity-bugs-with-anna-12-4pm/346

Coomhola River-Blue Dot Catchment @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Coomhola River-Blue Dot Catchment @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork

Coomhola Salmon Trust has announced its range of StreamScapes Events in support of 2022 National Biodiversity Week, all to be held at ‘The StreamSchool’, Coomhola, Bantry, County Cork P75 TY47, between 13-22 May.

‘Coomhola River-Blue Dot Catchment’; This event is particularly targeted at residents of the
Coomhola River Catchment, but wider attendance is welcome. Mark Boyden, Stephanie O’Toole, and RauriMaguire will look at: What is a Blue Dot Catchment & what does this mean for Coomhola? 1:00-3:00PM

Full schedule of events here: http://streamscapes.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/StreamScapes-2022-BioDiversity-Events.pdf