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A fun and accessible introduction to pond habitats. Discovering what lives there and tips on how you can create them at home.
Free event but please register. More info: https://www.kerryheritage.ie/event/ponds-in-conservation/
Venue: Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park
12:45 – 2:15 Nature Walk (booking essential – places are limited)
12:30 – 2:30 Drop-in BioHub (no booking needed)
Meeting point: Hazelwood Carpark
Join Declan Little, Ecological Lead at Coillte Nature, on a guided walk around Hazelwood to learn about the ecology of this special woodland and the biodiversity restoration works taking place.
To celebrate Biodiversity Week, there will be a pop-up ‘BioHub’ at the Hazelwood carpark where you can drop by and chat about nature and the environment. Community Water Officer Karen Kennedy and Catchment Scientist Aisling Reilly will demonstrate water sampling and talk about biodiversity in and around Lough Gill, and what this can tell us about the health of the surrounding environment. Coillte Nature’s Outreach Manager Hedda Dick will be there to talk to you about the ongoing ‘Restoring Hazelwood’ biodiversity project.
There will be a nature scavenger hunt for big and little kids to see what you can notice about nature in Hazelwood.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and shoes for the nature walk.
More info and registration: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/hazelwood-lunchtime-nature-walk-and-pop-up-biohub-tickets-338869266097
The guided walk will explore the unique biodiversity of the area while also discussing the recent large scale rehabilitation works undertaken by Bord na Mona for peatland conservation and biodiversity enhancement.
Read more about Lough Boora Discovery Park: https://www.loughboora.com/
To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2022 (15th to 22nd May) join Sonairte for a FREE guided walk and talk on the 20th of May with our own gardener Damien McGroarty to learn about how organic farming can protect biodiversity whilst producing healthy local food, and enjoy a guided tour of the Nature Trail at Sonairte.
The Nature Trail is located on the banks of the River Nanny estuary which is a Special Protection (SPA) under the E.U. Birds Directive, of special conservation interest for the following species: Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Knot, Sanderling and Herring Gull. The E.U. Birds Directive pays particular attention to wetlands, and as these form part of this SPA, the site and its associated waterbirds are of special conservation interest https://www.npws.ie/protected-sites/spa/004158. Additionally, the Nature Trail has a range of habitats from salt marsh to woodland and permanent pasture so you are sure to have a fascinating day out in Nature.
Participants will be welcomed to An Tairseach, just outside Wicklow town, where there will be a brief talk about the importance of freshwater ponds to Irish wildlife followed by a visit to the wildlife pond just up the road on the organic farm. Participants will learn all about the benefits of both creating ponds for wildlife and how ponds can also benefit organic farmers. There will be plenty of opportunities to see the diversity of wildlife that the pond supports while learning how to use aquatic wildlife to classify your own pond.
*Please note that transport will be provided to get from the seminar room at An Tairseach to the carpark. From there a short but scenic walk over uneven ground from the carpark to the pond will also need to be undertaken.
**Light refreshments will be provided to attendees after the talk & before the visit to the pond.
An Tairseach Organic Farm & Ecology Centre
Join the Irish Peatland Conservation Council to celebrate Biodiversity week on 21 May for a FREE family friendly event from 1-3pm on Fenor Bog, Co. Waterford.
Fenor Bog is a Fen owned in partnership with the IPCC and MFDA, a local environmental community group in Fenor Co. Waterford. Explore the range of ecosystem services peatlands provide such as carbon sequestration, water storage, biodiversity, recreation and education as we walk along the boardwalk. Explore the mini-beasties that live within the pools of peatland habitats and one of the common amphibians found in Ireland. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday 21st at 2pm our event will be Bog Bathing: Engage the Senses. Feel the expanse, hear the silence, see the beauty. A slow, immersive walk connecting heart, head and heels with Atlantic blanket bog. This 2km guided walk is a gentle introduction to bog bathing and the potential benefits of this unique, restorative environment.
Location: Ballycroy Village, Westport, Co Mayo
Wetlands are an area of land that is saturated with water either permanently or seasonally, and where the water table is near or at the surface. These wetlands are home to a large diversity of plant and animal species and form an important network of ecological sites for many species on migration.
This event will explore the wetland area of Tramore Valley Park. This will be a guided walk by Cork Nature Network who will highlight the animals and plants which can be found within the park’s wetland area. The walk will cover the importance of wetlands for biodiversity and how everyone can help in managing Irish Biodiversity through citizen science platforms such as the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Citizen Science Stream Index.
Bring suitable footwear for wet ground and a pair of binoculars, if you have them!
Location: Tramore Valley Park (Half Moon Lane entrance), South Link Road, T12 AE86 Cork
More info and register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/walk-with-us-tickets-334457700987