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May
13
Fri
THE IMPORTANCE OF A COMMUNITY SEED BANK
May 13 – May 22 all-day
THE IMPORTANCE OF A COMMUNITY SEED BANK

THE IMPORTANCE OF A COMMUNITY SEED BANK – Video talk by Kevin Dudley, edited by Eoin Campbell

Available to view on thevillage.ie from Friday, 13th May

The act of saving and sharing seeds has a profound impact on biological diversity which is essential to the long-term vitality of all ecosystems. Keeping this genetic diversity alive helps ensure the resilience of both the wild and cultivated environments. A community seed bank ensures that as seeds are shared without restrictions they also remain in the public domain.

May
20
Fri
Ponds in Conservation @ Tralee Bay Wetlands
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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

Irish Seed Savers tours @ Scarriff
May 20 @ 11:00 am

This year as part of #NationalBiodiversityWeek Irish Seed Savers will be hosting free biodiversity tours from Tours will focus on our organic seed gardens, heritage orchards and our living seed bank.

Location: Irish Seed Savers Association, Capparoe, Scarriff, County Clare, V94 V6W0

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/

Derrynane Rockpool Explorer
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Outdoor workshop. Rock pool Explorer with Vincent Hyland of Wild Derrynane.

Discover the fascinating near inshore wildlife of Derrynane’s rock pools.

Free tour. No booking necessary. Meet at Derrynane House main car park.

More info: https://www.kerryheritage.ie/event/derrynane-rockpool-explorer/

Guided Garden and Nature Trail Walk @ Sonairte
May 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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.

 

More info and tickets: https://sonairte.ie/event/biodiversity-week-guided-garden-and-nature-trail-walk-free-eventbrite-ticket-needed

May
21
Sat
Love Your Wetlands
May 21 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Love Your Wetlands
Join the An Taisce EU-LIFE Team at this stunning location to discover how freshwater ponds act as reservoirs for local biodiversity

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.

Location

An Tairseach Organic Farm & Ecology Centre

Kilmantin Hill

Wicklow

 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/love-your-wetlands-tickets-329839668327

Biodiversity Walk ‘n’ Talk @ The Organic Centre
May 21 @ 11:00 am

Two walks: 11am and 2pm with Botanists Howard and Maria who will discuss the biodiversity they spot , trees, plants, mosses, algae. Talk and walk, along the new walkway leading from the Organic Centre toward Fowleys falls.

The walks will be outdoors , so bring your wellies and your raincoats just in case.

Link: https://www.theorganiccentre.ie/event/biodiversity-walk-n-talk-11am-and-2pm/275

 

Irish Seed Savers tours @ Scarriff
May 21 @ 11:00 am

This year as part of #NationalBiodiversityWeek Irish Seed Savers will be hosting free biodiversity tours from Tours will focus on our organic seed gardens, heritage orchards and our living seed bank.

Location: Irish Seed Savers Association, Capparoe, Scarriff, County Clare, V94 V6W0

Biodiversity Walk ‘n’ Talk @ The Organic Centre
May 21 @ 2:00 pm

Two walks: 11am and 2pm with Botanists Howard and Maria who will discuss the biodiversity they spot , trees, plants, mosses, algae. Talk and walk, along the new walkway leading from the Organic Centre toward Fowleys falls.

The walks will be outdoors , so bring your wellies and your raincoats just in case.

Link: https://www.theorganiccentre.ie/event/biodiversity-walk-n-talk-11am-and-2pm/275

 

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

May
22
Sun
Native Tree Workshop @ Castleblayney Community Gardens & Allotments
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Native Tree Workshop @ Castleblayney Community Gardens & Allotments

Do you want to set up a small tree nursery? Or do you just want to grow a few of your favourite native trees?

Come along to the Castleblayney Community Gardens & Allotments where local tree aficionado, John McKeon, will be hosting a native tree workshop. John has 15 plots of native Irish trees growing in his nursery (from seeds collected in and around County Monaghan) and he will be sharing his experience in (1) identifying and collecting seeds; (2) seed bed preparation, which is particularly relevant in heavy clay soils like we have in our county; and (3) seed storage, stratification and sowing, as required by the different seeds for successful propagation. John will also highlight good tree nursery management and problems that can arise. The species he has growing are Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Buckthorn, Wild Cherry, Bird Cherry, Crab Apple, Alder, Elm, Hazel, Holly, Oak, Rowan, Spindle, Guelder Rose, and Willow. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

 

Booking is compulsory for this event. Bookings can be made by emailing monaghanbranch@iwt.ie 

 

Place: Castleblayney Community Gardens and Allotments (Eircode A75W773)

Date & Time: Sunday, 22 May from 3-5pm

 

View this event on the IWT website here: https://iwt.ie/event/native-tree-workshop-iwt-monaghan-with-john-mckeon/?instance_id=239

Bats in your Back Garden @ online
May 22 @ 8:00 pm
Bats in your Back Garden @ online

Join bat expert Dr Tina Aughney for this online, virtual experience as she goes through a presentation and videos of bats in her garden in Co. Cavan.  Tina will talk you through bats that are likely to be attracted to your garden; hedgerows, plants and flowers that are likely to encourage bat activity; and trees, bat boxes, eaves and crevices in the surrounds of your garden that are likely to host/encourage bat roosts.

Tina has over 15 years’ experience in running bat conservation monitoring programmes and personally has developed a biodiversity haven in her own garden.  She is committed to preserving native Irish plants and shrubs, which when under threat from development projects, find a new home in her back garden.  Her personal biodiversity project in 2020 was to install a pond in her back garden, which is a great way to encourage bats in your back garden through insect predation.

This virtual experience is a free event and it will take place on 22 May 2022, during Biodiversity Week.  It will be open to the public across Ireland to attend, as long as they register.

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

You will need to register for this event.  Details on how to register will be available here: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/bats-in-your-back-garden