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May
20
Fri
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

Trees and Woodlands on the Farm @ online
May 20 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for a Biodiversity Week with Dr. Rory Harrington.

Rory has an eminent history of scholarship in this area, with two forestry degrees and a PhD. He has attended the renowned Yale School of Forestry and has had a long and illustrious career in many aspects of tree growing including wetland management for which he and his award-winning firm scooped their newest award this month with Kerry group. Congra-TREE-lations Rory and team!

For details of the online link please email orla@easytreesie.com with BIODIVERSITY WEEK WEBINAR in the Subject line.

More info: https://easytreesie.com/2022/05/13/trees-and-woodlands-on-the-farm-join-us-for-a-biodiversity-week-with-dr-rory-harrington/

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
Farmyard Bioblitz @ Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come along and join us in counting plants, animals and insects on a farm in the Kerry Biosphere.

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity.

More info and tickets:

May 14th: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/farmyard-bioblitz-tickets-276638833197

May 21st: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/farmyard-bioblitz-tickets-305517810997

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

 

May
22
Sun
Tours at the Organic Centre @ The Organic Centre
May 22 all-day

Take one of our free tours at the Organic Centre. Check the times on our billboard on the day.

Link: https://www.theorganiccentre.ie/event/tours-at-the-organic-centre/352

CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day – A Taste of the Woods – Nourishment for Body and Soul – Forest Bathing and Foraging
May 22 @ 9:45 am
CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day - A Taste of the Woods – Nourishment for Body and Soul - Forest Bathing and Foraging

CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day   

We’re thrilled to invite you to CELT’s upcoming Open Day on Sunday 22nd May, at the Slieve Aughty Centre.

Because it’s National Biodiversity Week, we are opening our doors, and getting some of our like minded friends together for a day celebrating our Native Woodlands!

All are welcome!

The day will be experiential and will offer something for everyone – from talks on Agroforestry and Native Woodlands, to Biodiversity walks, Forest bathing, foraging and film screenings. There will be plenty of traditional woodland craft, including willow weaving, log splitting and a biochar demonstration.

We’re really excited to host such a day, one that can connect us across all our communities through our love for woodlands. We look forward to welcoming you.

The day will run as follows:

Talks

@ 11am ~ “Introduction to Agroforestry Presentation” with Andrew St Ledger, Native Woodland Specialist with CELT and The Woodland League

@ 12pm ~ Native Woodlands Schemes, grants and applications, with Joe Gowran of Woodlands of Ireland

Walks

~A Taste of the Woods – Nourishment for Body and Soul ~Forest Bathing and Foraging – -gather from 9.45am for @ 10a.m. start time, with Sky Buitenhuis for Forest Bathing

-gather at 2pm for @ 2.15pm start time for Foraging with Olwyn Williams

(Can be taken in tandem as a natural follow on, or each as an individual experience)

~”A Woodland Walk focused on Biodiversity and the Gaelic Woodland Traditions, Brehon Tree Laws, and Unique Ogham alphabet of the trees” @2.15 with Andrew St Ledger

~Medieval Roundhouse visit @ 2.30 with Julius Brummelman

~Special Movie Screening Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees” at 2pm

~Biochar demonstration will run throughout the day

The day will also host plenty of craft demos and participation, with something for all interests.

We so look forward to welcoming you!

*Please note that we are taking advance registrations for our walks, as numbers are limited. Email coordinatorcelt@gmail.com to register in advance.

Registration is also possible on the day, if numbers allow.

Proudly supported by our friends in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (through Irish Environmental Network).

 

Location: Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co. Galway. H62 DX77

 

Event link: https://www.celtnet.org/product-page/celt-open-day

Ponds and Farmland Biodiversity
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ponds and Farmland Biodiversity

Ponds and Farmland Biodiversity with Donal Sheehan.

BRIDE farming with nature project.

Places are limited, please book at info@cef.ie or 083 146 8064.

Meet at Donal Sheehan’s Farm, 1st right up the hill after Castlelyons School on Conna Road, Cork.

CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day – Native Woodlands Schemes, grants and applications
May 22 @ 12:00 pm
CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day - Native Woodlands Schemes, grants and applications

CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day   

We’re thrilled to invite you to CELT’s upcoming Open Day on Sunday 22nd May, at the Slieve Aughty Centre.

Because it’s National Biodiversity Week, we are opening our doors, and getting some of our like minded friends together for a day celebrating our Native Woodlands!

All are welcome!

The day will be experiential and will offer something for everyone – from talks on Agroforestry and Native Woodlands, to Biodiversity walks, Forest bathing, foraging and film screenings. There will be plenty of traditional woodland craft, including willow weaving, log splitting and a biochar demonstration.

We’re really excited to host such a day, one that can connect us across all our communities through our love for woodlands. We look forward to welcoming you.

The day will run as follows:

Talks

@ 11am ~ “Introduction to Agroforestry Presentation” with Andrew St Ledger, Native Woodland Specialist with CELT and The Woodland League

@ 12pm ~ Native Woodlands Schemes, grants and applications, with Joe Gowran of Woodlands of Ireland

Walks

~A Taste of the Woods – Nourishment for Body and Soul ~Forest Bathing and Foraging – -gather from 9.45am for @ 10a.m. start time, with Sky Buitenhuis for Forest Bathing

-gather at 2pm for @ 2.15pm start time for Foraging with Olwyn Williams

(Can be taken in tandem as a natural follow on, or each as an individual experience)

~”A Woodland Walk focused on Biodiversity and the Gaelic Woodland Traditions, Brehon Tree Laws, and Unique Ogham alphabet of the trees” @2.15 with Andrew St Ledger

~Medieval Roundhouse visit @ 2.30 with Julius Brummelman

~Special Movie Screening Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees” at 2pm

~Biochar demonstration will run throughout the day

The day will also host plenty of craft demos and participation, with something for all interests.

We so look forward to welcoming you!

*Please note that we are taking advance registrations for our walks, as numbers are limited. Email coordinatorcelt@gmail.com to register in advance.

Registration is also possible on the day, if numbers allow.

Proudly supported by our friends in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (through Irish Environmental Network).

 

Location: Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co. Galway. H62 DX77

 

Event link: https://www.celtnet.org/product-page/celt-open-day

CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day – Foraging
May 22 @ 2:00 pm
CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day - Foraging

CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day   

We’re thrilled to invite you to CELT’s upcoming Open Day on Sunday 22nd May, at the Slieve Aughty Centre.

Because it’s National Biodiversity Week, we are opening our doors, and getting some of our like minded friends together for a day celebrating our Native Woodlands!

All are welcome!

The day will be experiential and will offer something for everyone – from talks on Agroforestry and Native Woodlands, to Biodiversity walks, Forest bathing, foraging and film screenings. There will be plenty of traditional woodland craft, including willow weaving, log splitting and a biochar demonstration.

We’re really excited to host such a day, one that can connect us across all our communities through our love for woodlands. We look forward to welcoming you.

The day will run as follows:

Talks

@ 11am ~ “Introduction to Agroforestry Presentation” with Andrew St Ledger, Native Woodland Specialist with CELT and The Woodland League

@ 12pm ~ Native Woodlands Schemes, grants and applications, with Joe Gowran of Woodlands of Ireland

Walks

~A Taste of the Woods – Nourishment for Body and Soul ~Forest Bathing and Foraging – -gather from 9.45am for @ 10a.m. start time, with Sky Buitenhuis for Forest Bathing

-gather at 2pm for @ 2.15pm start time for Foraging with Olwyn Williams

(Can be taken in tandem as a natural follow on, or each as an individual experience)

~”A Woodland Walk focused on Biodiversity and the Gaelic Woodland Traditions, Brehon Tree Laws, and Unique Ogham alphabet of the trees” @2.15 with Andrew St Ledger

~Medieval Roundhouse visit @ 2.30 with Julius Brummelman

~Special Movie Screening Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees” at 2pm

~Biochar demonstration will run throughout the day

The day will also host plenty of craft demos and participation, with something for all interests.

We so look forward to welcoming you!

*Please note that we are taking advance registrations for our walks, as numbers are limited. Email coordinatorcelt@gmail.com to register in advance.

Registration is also possible on the day, if numbers allow.

Proudly supported by our friends in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (through Irish Environmental Network).

 

Location: Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co. Galway. H62 DX77

 

Event link: https://www.celtnet.org/product-page/celt-open-day

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