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May
20
Fri
Backyard Bioblitz @ online
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – May 22 @ 7:00 pm
Backyard Bioblitz @ online

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!

Ecologists and wildlife experts will be on hand to ID your finds.

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

As a bonus to the weekend, we are giving away an identification swatch from the National Biodiversity Data Centre. All usernames who tag us over the weekend on Twitter or Instagram will be entered into a draw. Two winners will win a swatch of their choice!

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is the national centre for the collection, collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data on Ireland’s biological diversity. Your photos are important for the creation of a database of information which is freely available to better understand and protect Ireland’s biodiversity. Add your photos here: www.records.biodiversityireland.ie

For a how to video on adding photos to the database see here: https://biodiversityweek.ie/backyard-bioblitz-2021/

Mayo Bat Group Biodiversity Week Talk and Walk
May 20 @ 9:45 pm
Mayo Bat Group Biodiversity Week Talk and Walk

Mayo Bat Group will be running a bat walk/talk for Biodiversity Week in conjunction with Belcarra Community Group.

The talk will be held at Belcarra Community Centre and the walk will take place afterwards on the Belcarra Riverside Walk and from the Bridge in the centre of Belcarra over the Manulla River.

Start time of the talk will be 9:45pm.

This will be followed by a break, where tea & biscuits will be kindly provided by the Belcarra Community before going on the walk.

Details:

  • Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch. 
  • Children welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • All Events are weather dependent.  Please check Mayo Bat Group’s Facebook Page for any updates: https://facebook.com/batgroupmayo

To learn more about Mayo Bat Group, please visit their Facebook page for further information: https://facebook.com/batgroupmayo

This event is free and open to all. It is being held as part of Biodiversity Week 2022.

View this event on Bat Conservation Ireland’s website: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/mayo-bat-group-biodiversity-week-talk-and-walk-at-belcarra-castlebar

May
21
Sat
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

The Birds of Merrion Square Park @ Dublin
May 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Meet the bird researchers of the Irish Midland Ringing Group, and find out about bird monitoring taking part in our inner city parks. We will be in the square from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Event suitable for all ages. Brought to you by the Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan.

To register, please visit  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-birds-of-merrion-square-tickets-338087347357

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

Phoenix Park Cycle & Biodiversity Talk
May 21 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Phoenix Park Cycle & Biodiversity Talk

To celebrate Bike Week and Biodiversity Week, we are very excited to host this guided cycle of the Phoenix Park.

Meeting outside Phoenix Park Cycles, we will set off on a gentle cycle through the park, taking in some of the sights and sounds. The cycle will be about 4km each way, on segragated cycle lanes, over flat terrain, so suitable for all cycling abilities.

We will be given a guided talk of the park’s biodiversity from the OPW within the walled garden, at the park visitor centre.

Followed by complimentary lunch in the amazing Phoenix Café, where you can enjoy sumptous, sustainable food in their stunning outdoor setting, while getting to know your fellow Climate Ambassadors.

We will finish our tour by returning to Phoenix Park Cycles, which is at the south entrance of the park, only a short walk to Heuston train station, the Red Luas line, many bus stops or a walk/ cycle to the city centre.

Register today to avoid disappointment! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/phoenix-park-cycle-biodiversity-talk-tickets-324114173217

If you do not have access to a bicycle but would like to join us on this cycle, you have a few options.

You can:

– Rent a city bike from Heuston train station. You will need a city bike account. Details here.

– Hire a bicycle from Phoenix Park Bikes. We can cover bike hire for 3 hours. Please let us know if you need hire of a bicycle for this event in the order form when booking your place.

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

Nenagh Biodiversity Workshop
May 21 @ 2:00 pm
Nenagh Biodiversity Workshop

As part of Biodiversity Week 2022, join this Free and fun biodiversity workshop led by Albert Nolan where we will explore the wealth of wildlife found in Nenagh Community Garden and the surrounding urban landscape.  We will find out how important bees, butterflies, birds and all the other creatures we find are to our gardens, villages and town, and what we can do to encourage more!  Supported by Silver Arch Family Resource Centre, this workshop is funded through Tipperary LEADER and is part of Biodiversity workshops that have been run throughout Tipperary over the last year.

Location: Nenagh Community Garden, Nenagh, Tipperary

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