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May
13
Fri
Explore your local waterway during Biodiversity Week 2022! @ online
May 13 – May 22 all-day
Explore your local waterway during Biodiversity Week 2022! @ online

Do you have what it takes to be a Waterway Hero? May is a lovely time of year to get outdoors and explore the waterways.

Check out our free online workshop ‘Be a Waterway Hero’ as part of Biodiversity Week. The workshop features a virtual visit to the waterways highlighting the importance of being a responsible waterway user and respecting the environment when visiting your local canal, river or lake. There are lots of fun and interesting activities included like our Waterway Eco Wheel or Biodiversity Inspection which can be downloaded to bring along when you visit to your local waterway. There is also a ‘Waterway Hero’ certificate for all who take part!

Be sure to visit our Learning Zone website where the workshop is available until 22nd May:  Waterways Ireland | Learning Zone | School Programmes

May
14
Sat
Family Biodiversity Treasure Hunt @ Glendalough
May 14 @ 10:00 am – May 22 @ 5:00 pm

Free and available from the National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough (open 10am to 5.30pm).

May
20
Fri
From Bridges to Ditches – The Mysterious Kilcoo River Walk @ Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre
May 20 @ 11:00 am
From Bridges to Ditches - The Mysterious Kilcoo River Walk @ Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre

Meeting at Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre

Please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing.

Tea, coffee and snacks provided after the walk at the Holiday Centre.

Walk is free but booking essential.

For more details ph 071 985 4865 or email kiltyclogherheritagecentre@gmail.com

 

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/

Hazelwood Lunchtime Nature Walk and pop-up ‘BioHub’ @ Sligo
May 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Hazelwood Lunchtime Nature Walk and pop-up 'BioHub' @ Sligo
Learn about this unique woodland and the biodiversity restoration works taking place

12:45 – 2:15 Nature Walk (booking essential – places are limited)

12:30 – 2:30 Drop-in BioHub (no booking needed)

Meeting point: Hazelwood Carpark

Join Declan Little, Ecological Lead at Coillte Nature, on a guided walk around Hazelwood to learn about the ecology of this special woodland and the biodiversity restoration works taking place.

To celebrate Biodiversity Week, there will be a pop-up ‘BioHub’ at the Hazelwood carpark where you can drop by and chat about nature and the environment. Community Water Officer Karen Kennedy and Catchment Scientist Aisling Reilly will demonstrate water sampling and talk about biodiversity in and around Lough Gill, and what this can tell us about the health of the surrounding environment. Coillte Nature’s Outreach Manager Hedda Dick will be there to talk to you about the ongoing ‘Restoring Hazelwood’ biodiversity project.

There will be a nature scavenger hunt for big and little kids to see what you can notice about nature in Hazelwood.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and shoes for the nature walk.

More info and registration: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/hazelwood-lunchtime-nature-walk-and-pop-up-biohub-tickets-338869266097

Woodland Walk at Raheens Wood @ Castlebar
May 20 @ 1:00 pm
Woodland Walk at Raheens Wood @ Castlebar

Join us for a lunchtime guided walk of Raheens Wood, Castlebar on Friday 20th May.

Come along and find out about the flora and fauna of the wood.

Meet at Raheens Wood Carpark, Newport Road, Castlebar at 1 pm.

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

Introduction to River Ecology @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Introduction to River Ecology @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork

Coomhola Salmon Trust has announced its range of StreamScapes Events in support of 2022 National Biodiversity Week, all to be held at ‘The StreamSchool’, Coomhola, Bantry, County Cork P75 TY47, between 13-22 May.

Following Schools Engagements during the Day, an ‘Introduction to River Ecology’ event with
Heritage-in-Schools Teacher & noted forager Stephanie O’Toole & Rauri Maguire: 3:00-5:00pm

Full schedule of events here: http://streamscapes.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/StreamScapes-2022-BioDiversity-Events.pdf

Lesser Horseshoe Bats and More – Bat Walk @ Curraghchase Forest Park
May 20 @ 8:15 pm
Lesser Horseshoe Bats and More – Bat Walk @ Curraghchase Forest Park

Join Limerick Bat Group at the Carpark by the playground, Curraghchase Forest Park, for a batty fun-filled evening! This walk will start at 8.15pm and using bat detectors you can listen in on their ultrasonic calls and watch these elusive creatures in flight. Join Tanya Slattery, as she shares her knowledge of Irish bat species and their life cycle with you.

Details:

  • Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch.
  • Children are very welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Events are weather dependent.  Please visit Limerick Bat Group Facebook Page for any updates: https://www.facebook.com/limerickbatgroup

Please Note: This event needs to be booked in advance.  Please check the details for this event and book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/lesser-horseshoe-bats-and-more-tickets-328912475067?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3YvWLYLOd30RWYzGenGkVUcgefJ1s10tBFIKC8AqrdbdemTMsVtPOjt28

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

Bat Walk @ National Botanic Gardens
May 20 @ 9:15 pm – 10:30 pm
Bat Walk @ National Botanic Gardens
Wander the Gardens at night in search of beautiful bats

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust for a free National Biodiversity Week event hosted by the National Botanic Gardens. At this exciting evening bat walk you will have the opportunity to walk the National Botanic Gardens at dusk with an Irish Wildlife Trust guide in search of beautiful bats. We will learn about the life cycle of these fascinating creatures and hopefully get to see and hear some of the bats of the Bots.

Please bring warm clothes as this event takes place after sunset. Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Booking is compulsory for this event access to the National Botanic Gardens will only be allowed for people with bookings. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iwt-bat-walk-at-the-national-botanic-gardens-tickets-330647775397

Bat Walk @ Portlick Forest, Westmeath
May 20 @ 9:40 pm
Bat Walk @ Portlick Forest, Westmeath

Join Midland Bat group for a bat walk in the grounds of Portlick Forest, Co. Westmeath

Participants will meet at Car Park of Portlick Forest, Co. Westmeath at 9.40pm to learn more about the bat species found there and observe them in the forest.

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.

Please Note: This event is weather dependent.  Please check the Midland Bat Group Facebook page on the day for confirmation: https://www.facebook.com/Midland-Bat-Group-1620298824911199/

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

 

More info: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/bat-walk-at-portlick-forest-co-westmeath

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
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

Land based Whale Watching
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will be leading several land based whale watching events around the country on Saturday May 21st. Start times and meeting places to be announced.

Locations:

  1. Loop Head, Co. Clare, meeting at Lighthouse, leader Mags Daly Ph. 083 8401102,email: mags.daly@iwdg.ie
  2. Dun Na Mbo, Co. Mayo, leader Sean Pierce Ph.086 8368736, email pierceboystp@gmail.com
  3. Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim, meeting at West Lighthouse, leader Pádraig Whooley Ph.086 3850568, email: padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie 
  4. Howth Head, Co. Dublin, meeting @ Balscadden Car Pk, little shop (Howth Hub), leader Dave O’ Connor Ph.087 6665049, email: dave@wolfhoundtours.com
  5. Cloghna Head, West Cork, meeting @ Galley head view car park, leader Denis O’ Regan Ph.083 3369775, email: watch@denis.co
Learn how to draw a Fossil, with artist Hazel Ramsay @ Kerry County Museum
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate Biodiversity Week and National Drawing Day and learn how to draw a fossil with artist Hazel Ramsay. You can learn all about fossils in Kerry and even win a family ticket to Kerry County Museum and the Aqua Dome. Simply drop into the Kerry County Museum in Tralee any time between 10:00am and 4:00pm and draw a fossil from our collection with Hazel. You can also bring one of your own fossils along – we’d love to see them! No booking required, all welcome, children should be always accompanied by an adult.

Location: Kerry County Museum, Denny Street, Tralee

Link to event: https://www.kerryheritage.ie/event/learn-how-to-draw-with-artist-hazel-ramsay/

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

Biodiversity Walk and Picnic
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Biodiversity Walk and Picnic
We will go on a plant and tree identification walk and then sit down to have a lovely picnic afterward!

About this event

As part of Biodiversity Week we will be running a nature walk at Girley Wood.

Girley Wood is a new woodland area which was planted by the Native Woodland Trust. We will have the opportunity to explore this woodland, learn how to identify some of the plants and trees and look out for animals which we might encounter.

We will bring along magnifying glasses, bug boxes and identification keys and explore the woodland as a group.

Once we have explored the woodland, we will stop and have our picnic. We will be bringing along some food, snacks and sweet treats to the picnic! If you have any food allergies, please bring along some of your own food too, as we won’t be able to ensure food won’t come into contact with allergens.

Our minimum age for this event is 5 years old. Please note that it is a 15 minute walk from the carpark to the woodland site.

Please carpool where it is possible to do so, car parking is our limiting factor for the amount of people that can attend.

It is essential to bring warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.

More info and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/biodiversity-walk-and-picnic-at-girley-wood-meath-tickets-327074658107

CELT Woodland Open Day – Introduction to Agroforestry Presentation
May 21 @ 11:00 am

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

From Bridges to Ditches – Deans Wood Under Canopy Walk @ Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre
May 21 @ 11:00 am
From Bridges to Ditches - Deans Wood Under Canopy Walk @ Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre

Meeting at Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre

Please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing.

Tea, coffee and snacks provided after the walk at the Holiday Centre.

Walk is free but booking essential.

For more details ph 071 985 4865 or email kiltyclogherheritagecentre@gmail.com