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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

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)

May
16
Sun
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.
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

May
18
Tue
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

May
19
Wed
Getting You Started with Butterfly Identification – Free Online talk @ Online
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Getting You Started with Butterfly Identification - Free Online talk @ Online
A free family friendly talk to explore the variety of butterflies found on the Lullymore West butterfly nature reserve.

Lullymore West is one of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council’s nature reserves located in Co. Kildare. The site was included as one of Ireland’s pilot sites for the National Butterfly monitoring programme in the late 2000’s. This pilot highlighted how the abandoned wet grassland cutaway bog had developed, with support from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council through drain blocking, into a butterfly haven with over 22 of Ireland’s butterflies identified on the reserve. In 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council have added another butterfly to this number with the identification of the Comma butterfly on the reserve. As we know so much about butterfly lifecycles and the fact that they have a relatively short lifecycle, they are considered valuable indicators of environmental quality, aswell as pollinators in our communities. For Biodiversity Week 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council are hosting a free online family friendly butterfly identification talk with an introduction to butterfly monitoring and site management of Lullymore West. To help you become familiar with the variety of butterflies found on the reserve, we have a free downloadable butterfly identification chart called Bonding with butterflies found here http://www.ipcc.ie/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Bonding-with-Butterflies.pdf.

May
20
Thu
Our Wonderful Wetlands @ Online
May 20 @ 8:00 pm
Our Wonderful Wetlands @ Online

A Talk for Biodiversity Week 2021

By Anja Murray

Anja Murray is an ecologist, environmental policy analyst and broadcaster with a love for the natural world. For more than 20 years, Anja has been immersed in environmental research, advocacy and communications; she is an expert presenter on the popular television series ‘Eco Eye’ on RTÉ1.

Anja also has her own award winning short weekly radio programme called ‘Nature File’ on RTÉ Lyric FM, and recently produced a feature documentary called ‘WILD’ about the history of our relationship with Nature in Ireland.
Listen back here https://www.rte.ie/culture/2020/1009/1170614-lyric-feature-a-wild-journey-through-irish-nature/

Wetlands are marshes, fens, bogs, and swamps. Once disregarded as wastelands our wetlands are places of great beauty and wildness. These unique habitats are host to a great diversity of plants and animals. Anja will be giving us an introduction that will wet our appetite to get out there and enjoy them, as well as doing all we can to protect them.

To learn about our ongoing activities please visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RoscommonEN

May
21
Fri
Backyard Bioblitz @ Online - Your Garden
May 21 all-day
Backyard Bioblitz @ Online - Your Garden

Wondering what that plant is? Who that insect is visiting your flowers? Maybe you’ve seen an unknown bird at your feeder, or strange creatures at your local waterway or park. Explore your local area to discover fabulous flora and fauna! Our ecologists and wildlife experts will identify it for you!

Simply share your photo and tag us on Twitter @IrishEnvNet or Instagram @national.biodiversity.week with #BackyardBioblitz.

Two entries will also be randomly chosen for a prize from the National Biodiversity Data Centre! You can also help wildlife conservation efforts by uploading your photos to the national database here: https://records.biodiversityireland.ie

Celebrating Peatland Biodiversity by Choosing Peat Free @ Online
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Celebrating Peatland Biodiversity by Choosing Peat Free @ Online
Learn how to and the importance of using peat-free compost in your garden.

Peatlands are wet and open habitats that offer our communities both a unique and diverse range of biodiversity. As the weather begins to improve, we find ourselves outdoors more often preparing our gardens for the summer ahead. You may purchase peat moss compost from your local garden centre, petrol station or even supermarket not knowing the devastating impact that the harvesting of peat moss compost has on Ireland’s peatland biodiversity.

This biodiversity week, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council will deliver an online talk to raise the profile of peatland biodiversity, the benefits it offers us all and the impacts of peat extraction on peatland habitat and biodiversity. This free online talk will focus on and offer an insight into choosing peat free through home composting. You will also learn some of the top tips to get started, the different types of compost systems available to you and frequently asked questions.

Introduction to the Citizen Science Stream Index w/ Dr. Simon Harrison (UCC) @ Bantry, Cork
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Introduction to the Citizen Science Stream Index w/ Dr. Simon Harrison (UCC) @ Bantry, Cork

This is an exciting time in the development of Citizen Science, making it fun and exciting to participate,as well as being able to fill gaps in State& Academiagenerated Biodiversity Data. The ‘Citizen Science Stream Index’, being developed by Dr. Simon Harrisonof UCC for nationwide rollout, is a new system of Aquatic Invertebrate census which it is hoped will augment Water Quality surveys by the EPA. Bring your wellies!

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
22
Sat
Backyard Bioblitz @ Online - Your Garden
May 22 all-day
Backyard Bioblitz @ Online - Your Garden

Wondering what that plant is? Who that insect is visiting your flowers? Maybe you’ve seen an unknown bird at your feeder, or strange creatures at your local waterway or park. Explore your local area to discover fabulous flora and fauna! Our ecologists and wildlife experts will identify it for you!

Simply share your photo and tag us on Twitter @IrishEnvNet or Instagram @national.biodiversity.week with #BackyardBioblitz.

Two entries will also be randomly chosen for a prize from the National Biodiversity Data Centre! You can also help wildlife conservation efforts by uploading your photos to the national database here: https://records.biodiversityireland.ie

River biological diversity @ Online - video
May 22 @ 2:00 pm
River biological diversity @ Online - video

Premiering on Galway Beo Facebook and
Galway Beo YouTube Channel
For International Day of Biological
Diversity Day, Galway Heritage Office and
the Local Authorities Waters Progamme
have produced a video showcasing river
biological diversity. Learn about some of
the aquatic riparian plants and insects in our
streams and rivers with your Community
Water Officer Conor Ruane. Conor will
demonstrate how communities can check
for important biodiversity indicators of
water quality. Conor works with the Local
Authorities Water Programme with aims
to improve community engagement and
support the delivery of local communityled
water quality projects and initiatives.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_bWW4CrzofP-4HlMwjTMfg

From Black Choughs to White-tailed Sea Eagles& Birds along the River @ Bantry, Cork
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
From Black Choughs to White-tailed Sea Eagles& Birds along the River @ Bantry, Cork

Whitetailed Sea Eagles nest in Glengarriff Harbour…on the Beara Peninsula there is a seashore Chough protected area…Buzzards have moved into the mountains of the upper Coomhola River Catchment: And lots of Birds are to be found along our local Rivers.Learn all about these matters with Stephanie O’Toole during the course of a streamside walk.

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
23
Sun
Backyard Bioblitz @ Online - Your Garden
May 23 all-day
Backyard Bioblitz @ Online - Your Garden

Wondering what that plant is? Who that insect is visiting your flowers? Maybe you’ve seen an unknown bird at your feeder, or strange creatures at your local waterway or park. Explore your local area to discover fabulous flora and fauna! Our ecologists and wildlife experts will identify it for you!

Simply share your photo and tag us on Twitter @IrishEnvNet or Instagram @national.biodiversity.week with #BackyardBioblitz.

Two entries will also be randomly chosen for a prize from the National Biodiversity Data Centre! You can also help wildlife conservation efforts by uploading your photos to the national database here: https://records.biodiversityireland.ie

Launch of the ‘Salmon Sanctuaries’ Booklet @ Bantry, Cork
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Coomhola Salmon Trust have partnered with NASCO, LAWPRO, Cork & Kerry County Councils to develop this booklet dedicated to wild Atlantic Salmon. Thebooklet will be launched (with free copies distributed to participants) and the wonder & importance of wild salmon will be discussed.

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)