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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?

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

Biodiversity & Wellbeing @ Online - video
May 21 all-day
Biodiversity & Wellbeing @ Online - video

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.

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

Making your garden a haven for hedgehogs @ Online - video
May 21 @ 1:00 pm
Making your garden a haven for hedgehogs @ Online - video

Elaine O’Riordan from the Irish Hedgehog
Survey will meet Bev Truss from the
Hogprickle Wildlife Carers and get some
tips on making your garden a haven for
hedgehogs. Bev will also advise on how
to know when a hedgehog may need help
and what to do if you find a sick or injured
hedgehog or other wild animal.

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

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

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.

May
25
Tue
TEDxCrannTreesforIreland Circle @ Online
May 25 @ 11:00 am
TEDxCrannTreesforIreland Circle @ Online
A TEDxCountdown Circle; Focus on the West; A Template for Rural Ireland

The Power of Nature. In the 6th of our series of TEDx Circles, TEDxCrannTreesforIreland follows on its recent conference with a public forum for conversation, held on zoom. We will commence the event with a short film from the Countdown series focusing on biodiversity; We will hear from Easy Treesie volunteers who have been promoting tree planting in their rural communities and how they have managed to transform their local areas through their small-woodland planting. We will focus on the West; hear how a student-lead business has expanded rapidly during challenging times with a sustainable footprint and with biodiversity promotion uppermost in their marketing strategy; Tree and T-shirts with wildflower gifts, connecting their customers and their own communities with nature. TED Circles is a global community of small groups who discuss big ideas together. Here are details for the TED Circle you’ve been invited to attend: https://events.tedcircles.com/invitation.html?id=recCGep0Edbfftv7S. We will be celebrating National Biodiversity Week

BiodiversiTREE and Planting for Pollination @ Online
May 25 @ 8:00 pm
BiodiversiTREE and Planting for Pollination @ Online

Planting for Pollinators – focus on the Cooley Penninsula. In a third year of tree planting, tree talks and awareness of the contribution of trees to Biodiversity, the work of tree planters will be marked by Greenore Tidy Towns Committee Members to celebrate the great work of local communities who have carried out distanced tree planting of native saplings and during planting season on the Cooley Penninsula with community groups and schools. The Zoom gathering will take place online hear the fascinating story of Crann Chairman and Beekeeper, Mark Wilkinson on his work planting pollinating trees and wildflowers. The chat will be moderated by Easy Treesie project leader Orla Farrell. Hosted from the shores of Carlingford Lough we will reference work carried out in Donegal and Derry and will discuss our plans for the upcoming season for planting 250,000 saplings. We are very grateful for the support of the Irish Environmental Network in the running of this event.