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May
15
Sat
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.

May
16
Sun
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.

May
17
Mon
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***

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.

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.

May
19
Wed
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 19 @ 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***

May
20
Thu
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 20 @ 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***

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

Wisdom of place / Wondrous Weeds @ Online - video
May 21 all-day
Wisdom of place / Wondrous Weeds @ Online - video

Wisdom of place / Wondrous Weeds

Join us on a digital tour exploring some of the more common weeds that grow freely and abundantly around us. Providing healthy food and habitat for our local wildlife these plants also provide us with seasonal superfoods and medicines. On this tour we will learn how to identify 5 commonly found weeds and will discuss their traditional uses as foods and medicines and how they support our ever-important local biodiversity. This online walk is led by Cloughjordan Ecovillage resident, forager and community herbalist Rachel Hussey & filmed by Eoin Campbell

Nettle, Plantain, Horsetail, Dandelion

Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 21 @ 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***

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

Biodiversity Day: Botanists Walk and Talks @ The Organic Centre
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Biodiversity Day: Botanists Walk and Talks @ The Organic Centre
Walk and Talk with botanists Howard Fox & Maria Cullen. Two Walks. Morning 11am-1pm and Afternoon 2pm-4pm.

Free events: Walk and talk with our local botanists Howard Fox and Maria Cullen as part of of our Biodiversity week calender.

Two walks -Morning 11am til 1pm, Afternoon 2pm til 4pm.

Packed full of information about biodiversity in all its glory. You will learn how to create and promote biodiversity in your life & garden and/or woodland. With an opportunity to explore the Centre’s wonderful gardens and woodland – you will learn about Trees, Plants, Fungi, Mosses, Liverworts, Algae and Ferns, and Howard & Maria will be on hand to guide you through. The event will be outdoors, so bring your wellies and your raincoats just in case!

Please book fast. Limited places due to Covid 19 regulations.

Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 22 @ 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***

Galway Butterfly Project Walk with Colin Stanley @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Galway Butterfly Project Walk with Colin Stanley @ Merline Woods, Galway

What a better way to celebrate International Day of Biodiversity by exploring one of our most loved species , the butterfly .

Colin Stanley will lead a walk exploring the habitats and species of butterflies in Merlin Park Woods . Galway Butterfly Project educates on the butterflies of Galway city and county , the importance of habitat conservation, foodplants needed for the survival of our butterflies and where they may be found in your local area.

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 12 noon 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.

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

For the Birds! Better management of hedgerows for biodiversity. @ Online
May 23 all-day
For the Birds! Better management of hedgerows for biodiversity. @ Online

Cloughjordan Ecovillage in partnership with Cloughjordan Community Farm and Cloncannon Biofarm present:

For the Birds! Better management of hedgerows for biodiversity.

Would you love to learn more about the wonderful hedgerows that surround us- and how to help them thrive for nature? Then catch the video For the Birds! Better management of hedgerows for biodiversity, which premieres Sunday 22nd May on the justmultimedia youtube channel.

This video, shot on location in Cloughjordan ecovillage, will feature organic farmer Sean O Farrell (from Moneygall) walking and talking along the hedgerows that bound the ecovillage.  These hedgerows border crop fields, livestock fields, residential back gardens and the horticultural community farm on site, so represent a variety of relevant hedgerow management situations.  There are amenity, foraging and biodiversity considerations for all of these hedgerows, with this video focusing on biodiversity in particular.

Watch and listen to Sean as he guides a walking conversation with a volunteer who cares for these hedgerows. During this socially-distanced stroll, the pair discuss what’s in the hedgerows along different parts of the ecovillage perimeter, and explore what – if anything – needs to be done to help optimise their biodiversity potential. Sean also uses some of these hedgerows as exemplars to help explain how you too can bring more biodiversity into your own hedgerows.

Sean has abundant hedgerows on his own farm in Moneygall, which he carefully curates to help biodiversity blossom – in and around these bushy corridors, all manner of flora and fauna flourish.

This is a free event and is available for anyone watch on the justmultimedia youtube channel from 22nd May.

This event will follow all covid-19 guidelines, and will therefore not be an in-person public event on site.

Cloughjordan ecovillage is a 67 acre site in the midlands, near the Tipperary-Offaly border. Cloughjordan Community farm is member owned and operated and grows veg agroecologically for  dozens of families. Sean O Farrell runs Cloncannon Biofarm near Moneygall, also on the Tipperary-Offaly broader.  For more on Sean and Hedgerows watch this.

Barn Owls, Buildings and Biodiversity @ Online - video
May 23 @ 2:00 pm
Barn Owls, Buildings and Biodiversity @ Online - video

Premiering on Galway Beo Facebook and
Galway Beo YouTube Channel

‘Barn Owls, Buildings and Biodiversity’ is a
short visual presentation hosted by John
Lusby, BirdWatch Ireland in association
with Galway County Council, which will
celebrate one of our most iconic birds.
Through footage, images and tales of
personal experiences studying Barn Owls in
Galway and beyond, John will explore why
the Barn Owl is so special in Irish culture
and in the Irish countryside and what the
future holds for Barn Owl populations in
the county.

 

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

Guided walk through woodland at Lahardaun, Gort, Co.Galway @ Galway
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CELT, in partnership with Aobhain Da Liollioch Woodland Group will host a free public guided walk through woodland at Lahardaun, Gort, Co.Galway, meeting at the entrance to Chevy Chase woods (half km north from eircode H62 PD82) at 2pm on Sunday 23rd May.  The walk will take approximately 2 hours.  This is a scenic area rich in wildlife including the Aobhain Da Liollioch river where the local community woodland group are currently engaged in a Citizen Science biodiversity study in partnership with the Local Authorities Water Programme with a view to enhancing the natural wildlife corridor (connecting 3 areas of ancient woodland) and ultimately improving the water quality of the river which runs into Lough Cutra, an important public water source.  The project and the overall proposal will be explained and guides will identify important habitats and species along the route.  [Guides will be available to take groups of up to 14 people in observance of COVID restrictions.  Participants will be required to sign a form asserting that they have no covid symptoms and have not been in contact with anyone with symptoms during the previous 14 days and are also asked to observe 2m social distancing].  BOOKING essential by email please to coordinatorcelt@gmail.com .  Contact phone :  087 6324644