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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.
How can fostering our connection to nature help strengthen our well-being?
Join us on this digital tour of people where people living and involved in Cloughjordan Ecovillage speak to how the natural environment helps their well being and how their love of nature motivates them to take care of it. Speakers will share how their love of trees, hedgerows, birds, animal and insect life as well as clean air and dark skies have contributed to their well being. This tour includes some beautiful film of our dark skies, the Sensory Garden and the Tai Chi group and other wonderful photography of the natural world in Cloughjordan.
The event will be coordinated by Toni Ryan and filmed by Eoin Campbell.
Get crafty and join the Rediscovery Centre for a FREE fun hands on workshop where you will learn how to make a bird feeder and some cardboard animals to celebrate biodiversity week. This event is kindly supported by the IEN.
Bird feeders are an incredible way to get a close look at birds and you can learn to make one from materials lying around your house and garden. Garden animals and insects are essential to biodiversity from pollinating to food supplies for carnivores. Let’s get up close and personal with some of our favourite insects and craft them from materials found around the house.
If you would like to make the crafts with Audrey, children will need help from their parent or guardian. The materials needed are:
– Cleaned out Tetra Box/pack 1L size
– Paper Cutting Knife
– Paint and Paint brush
– Jar for water
– Newspaper to cover table/surface
– Bird Seed
– 3-4 Toilet roll tubes or bendable cardboard
– Eco Glue or Stapler and Staples
White–tailed 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, family–friendly events @ ‘The StreamSchool’, Coomhola, Bantry, Co. Cork P75 TY47(As numbers attending are restricted please book in advance on 027 50453 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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