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May
15
Sat
The Black Darter Dragonfly – get crafty and make your own dragonfly @ Online
May 15 all-day
The Black Darter Dragonfly - get crafty and make your own dragonfly @ Online

Dragonflies are important indicator species of both freshwater and terrestrial habitats. The Black Darter dragonfly is found on peatlands and in acidic freshwater habitats where its presence alone represents the quality of the natural environment. It is under threat as a result of human activity such as the draining of peatlands, peat extraction and climate change. To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council want to raise the profile of our winged peatland friend by designing a social media tutorial video for the younger generation. Viewers will learn how to make their own dragonfly from the comfort of their own homes, using easily sourced materials. This engaging event will kick start our celebration of Biodiversity week.

No registration needed, simply follow along at home! Registration button will bring you to the Facebook page where the video will be launched, or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/IPCC.ie

May
16
Sun
Ballymoney Lizards @ Ballymoney Beach
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ballymoney Lizards @ Ballymoney Beach
Find out all about lizards.
where they live
what they love and fear
why they bask and where they give birth.
Then help create good lizard habitat along the Wexford Coastal Trail.
Ireland’s only resident reptile is fascinating and protected.
Help it thrive here.
Expert led field trip & training with RobGandola, The Herpetological Society of Ireland.
Numbers are capped at 15 due to Covid restrictions. Please book by contacting Karin Dubsky at 086 8111684.
This is just one of the Coastwatch events as part of National Biodiversity Week 2021.
May
17
Mon
Peatland Habitat & Biodiversity Crossword @ Online
May 17 all-day
Peatland Habitat & Biodiversity Crossword @ Online

Peatlands, people and biodiversity are strongly connected on the Island of Ireland.  The Irish Peatland Conservation Council have designed a fun peatland themed crossword to challenge your peatland knowledge and to celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021. The  crossword is aimed at adults with an interest in learning about peatlands. You will  explore the different values, habitats and biodiversity of peatlands by completing this crossword and you will gain a greater understanding of these wet and wild  places in Ireland. You can find support for answering the questions at www.ipcc.ie.

The  event is free and in conjunction with IPCC’s Peatland Passport, an online resource  on http://www.ipcc.ie/visitor-attraction/peatland-passport-ireland/ where individuals and families can find a peatland local to them so they can explore for themselves the  wonder of peatlands. Two  winners will be selected and given a 1 year  free Friend of the Bog membership.  To win this prize, send your completed crossword to us by email at www.bogs@ipcc.ie or by post to the Bogs of Allen nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, R51 V293.

No registration needed, simply download the crossword and get stuck in! Registration button will bring you to the Facebook page where the crossword will be officially launched on may 17th, or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/IPCC.ie

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?

Exploring Mammals of Merlin Woods with Ruth Hanniffy VWT @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Exploring Mammals of Merlin Woods with Ruth Hanniffy VWT @ Merline Woods, Galway
Ruth Hanniffy , Vincent Wildlife Trust brings us on a journey around Merlin Woods exploring the habitats and signs of our native mammals.

Ruth brings us on a journey around Merlin Woods exploring the varying habitats needed by our local mammals. We learn how to find signs, tracks and trails of some of our well-loved mammals such as the Red Squirrel, foxes and other mamals which use the woodland.

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 7pm and will have a limited number of people in attendance to comply with Covid guidelines. All tickets will be have to be booked through eventbrite to attend . The event is organised by Friends of Merlin Woods as part of Biodiversityweek 2021.

May
19
Wed
Getting You Started with Butterfly Identification – Free Online talk @ Online
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Getting You Started with Butterfly Identification - Free Online talk @ Online
A free family friendly talk to explore the variety of butterflies found on the Lullymore West butterfly nature reserve.

Lullymore West is one of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council’s nature reserves located in Co. Kildare. The site was included as one of Ireland’s pilot sites for the National Butterfly monitoring programme in the late 2000’s. This pilot highlighted how the abandoned wet grassland cutaway bog had developed, with support from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council through drain blocking, into a butterfly haven with over 22 of Ireland’s butterflies identified on the reserve. In 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council have added another butterfly to this number with the identification of the Comma butterfly on the reserve. As we know so much about butterfly lifecycles and the fact that they have a relatively short lifecycle, they are considered valuable indicators of environmental quality, aswell as pollinators in our communities. For Biodiversity Week 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council are hosting a free online family friendly butterfly identification talk with an introduction to butterfly monitoring and site management of Lullymore West. To help you become familiar with the variety of butterflies found on the reserve, we have a free downloadable butterfly identification chart called Bonding with butterflies found here http://www.ipcc.ie/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Bonding-with-Butterflies.pdf.

May
20
Thu
Maynooth Campus Biodiversity Day @ Online
May 20 @ 9:45 am – 12:45 pm
Maynooth Campus Biodiversity Day @ Online

Please join us for a number of online events organised by the Maynooth Green Campus to celebrate National Biodiversity Week. All events will take place via Zoom on Thursday the 20th of May (World Bee Day). The talks are very informal and will last 20 minutes leaving 10 minutes for questions and discussions. The event is open to everyone (staff, students and members of the public) with an interest in biodiversity, its management and promotion.

09:45-10:00 Welcome & introduction 

10:00-10:30 The Tairseach Journey-Maynooth Project Live Launch Event. Laoise Ní Chleirigh & Dr Máire Nic an Bhaird (Dept. of Froebel) & Stephen Seaman (Grounds Supervisor). The Maynooth Project Live ‘Tairseach’ will be described during this session. This project is a joint initiative between The Froebel Department, Maynooth Green Campus representative-Grounds Supervisor Stephen Seaman, local primary schools and Kildare County Council. The journey of the Tairseach Tree Trail and the rooftop garden in MU School of Education will be documented and a video of the ‘Grow It Forward’ scheme will be played to show the work of Froebel students in regard to growing their own food during COVID 19 pandemic and the positive impact that this had on their health and well-being. Photos of ‘before and after’ will be shared to show the audience simple ways of enhancing biodiversity in green or indeed grey spaces. Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/94061042808?pwd=eTBBcFVueXIxUlBhenFEYXc5dk5Fdz09  Passcode: 319144

10:30-11:00 The Spring Flower Project with Oisín Duffy from The National Biodiversity Data Centre The Spring Flowers Project is a joint initiative between the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and the National Biodiversity Data Centre and encourages the recording of 20 easily identifiable spring flowers. Not only does it encourage people to record their observations of early-flowering species that can be otherwise lacking in data but like all recording, is valuable as it contributes to furthering plant conservation in Ireland. Many of the spring flowers which have been chosen for the project are very distinctive, making it a good way for those new to recording to get involved. This talk will introduce participants to the 20 target species of the Spring Flowers Project, how to participate in a Citizen Science Project and the work of the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/98197130013pwd=eTRYMVdTdWdBTjg5VkEzSC9EQWYzdz09 Passcode: 962792

11:00-11:30 The Farmland Pollinators Project with Saorla Kavanagh from The National Biodiversity Data Centre. The Protecting Farmland Pollinators Project is about small actions that will allow biodiversity to coexist within a productive farming system. The talk will focus on the successes of the project to date. Protecting Farmland Pollinators is a European Innovation Partnership (EIP) funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM) under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99131844298?pwd=WkhhRWFnSDM5NmhZaTU4SWFmQXlFUT09  Passcode: 469454

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:15 World Bee Day -Fantastic Bees and Where to Find Them with Dr Jim Carolan. Ireland has 99 species of bees, many of which are in decline due to factors including habitat loss. Some of our rarest bees are now restricted to specific regions of Ireland. This talk will introduce you to the diversity of bees in Ireland, introduce you to their habitats and describe the efforts of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to reverse pollinator decline and promote biodiversity across Ireland. Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99342067709?pwd=VGRVczFycDg3ZktMTnFGMWU4VVJrZz09 Passcode: 624421

12:15-12:45 World Bee Day-Solitary Bee Box Workshop. Stephen Seaman will be delivering a Solitary Bee Box Workshop to 2nd class in Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich. This will be an interactive session where children will use their Bee Box packages and under the guidance of Stephen produce homes for Solitary Bees. Máire Nic an Bhaird and Laoise Ní Chléirigh will share their Tairseach Tree Trail with the children and highlight the lesson plans available for the children when using this local amenity. They will also share a humorous biodiversity video on bees by Froebel students with the children. Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/97989291444?pwd=QzhKQVNqZjVUaUFQWlRlMCtsSjhsZz09 Passcode: 302602

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.

Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden
May 21 all-day
Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden

There are lots of things living in your garden and local parks or wild areas. Take part in the scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Will you be able to complete the hunt?

Our Scavenger Hunt and activity sheets ensure that the whole family can take part in the weekend fun, and have some time away from screens. Head outside to see what you can find!

Choose one of two sheets, Easy Peasy (suggested age range 4 – 7) or A Little Tricky (suggested age range 8 -12).

You can complete the Hunt or Challenges at any time, but be sure to share them with us on the weekend of May 21st – 23rd to be in with a chance to win a prize! More info: https://biodiversityweek.ie/biodiversity-scavenger-hunt/

Biodiversity Craft Online Workshop @ Online
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Biodiversity Craft Online Workshop @ Online

Get crafty and join the Rediscovery Centre for a FREE fun hands on workshop where you will learn how to make a bird feeder and some cardboard animals to celebrate biodiversity week. This event is kindly supported by the IEN.

Bird feeders are an incredible way to get a close look at birds and you can learn to make one from materials lying around your house and garden. Garden animals and insects are essential to biodiversity from pollinating to food supplies for carnivores. Let’s get up close and personal with some of our favourite insects and craft them from materials found around the house.

If you would like to make the crafts with Audrey, children will need help from their parent or guardian. The materials needed are:
– Cleaned out Tetra Box/pack 1L size
– Scissors
– Paper Cutting Knife
– Twine/Ribbon/String
– Paint and Paint brush
– Jar for water
– Newspaper to cover table/surface
– Bird Seed
– Twigs
– 3-4 Toilet roll tubes or bendable cardboard
– Eco Glue or Stapler and Staples

Cetacean Species Identification Workshop @ Online
May 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cetacean Species Identification Workshop @ Online

Learn about marine mammal biodiversity in Irish waters and how to identify the most frequently seen coastal species in an engaging virtual workshop hosted by the IWDG with thanks to the Irish Environmental Network.

This workshop is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds. No prior knowledge of cetaceans is required to join this workshop, although an interest and a passion for the marine is desirable.

During this workshop, you will learn about marine mammal biodiversity in Ireland. When and where you are likely to see whales and dolphins, what environmental conditions are preferred for whale watching and how to identify the most frequently observed coastal species around the Island of Ireland.

Three identification guides to whales and dolphins of Ireland will be up for grabs to further encourage citizen scientists to keep exploring and watching for marine mammals after the workshop. All you have to do is download the IWDG reporting app and take part in a self-directed whale watch on a stretch of coastline close to you before the end of biodiversity week on the 23rd of May and send or tag the IWDG and IEN in a photo of you outside embracing nature on social media.

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

Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden
May 22 all-day
Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden

There are lots of things living in your garden and local parks or wild areas. Take part in the scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Will you be able to complete the hunt?

Our Scavenger Hunt and activity sheets ensure that the whole family can take part in the weekend fun, and have some time away from screens. Head outside to see what you can find!

Choose one of two sheets, Easy Peasy (suggested age range 4 – 7) or A Little Tricky (suggested age range 8 -12).

You can complete the Hunt or Challenges at any time, but be sure to share them with us on the weekend of May 21st – 23rd to be in with a chance to win a prize! More info: https://biodiversityweek.ie/biodiversity-scavenger-hunt/

How do bees make honey? – Online event @ Online
May 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
How do bees make honey? – Online event @ Online

Join the Rediscovery Centre on the 22nd of May at 1.30pm for a FREE family friendly event to find out how bees make honey and how you can make your own little bee hotel. This event is kindly supported by the IEN.

During this online event Audrey will teach you about how bees make their honey and she will also take you on a virtual tour of our roof garden to show you all of our bee-friendly plants. On the way she will collect materials to show you how to make a 5 Star Bee Hotel. You will also need a plastic bottle that you may have in your green bin.

If you would like to make the bee hotel with Audrey, children will need help from your parent and guardian. The materials needed are:
-Scissors-Stanley type knife
– Eco tape/sticky tape
– Toilet roll tubes approx 12 or cardboard
– Twigs/Sticks – (skinny easy to break)
– String/twine 2′ approx- Plastic Bottle (standard size bottle not large)

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

Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden
May 23 all-day
Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden

There are lots of things living in your garden and local parks or wild areas. Take part in the scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Will you be able to complete the hunt?

Our Scavenger Hunt and activity sheets ensure that the whole family can take part in the weekend fun, and have some time away from screens. Head outside to see what you can find!

Choose one of two sheets, Easy Peasy (suggested age range 4 – 7) or A Little Tricky (suggested age range 8 -12).

You can complete the Hunt or Challenges at any time, but be sure to share them with us on the weekend of May 21st – 23rd to be in with a chance to win a prize! More info: https://biodiversityweek.ie/biodiversity-scavenger-hunt/

Hap-Bee Sunday @ St Annes City Farm
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hap-Bee Sunday @ St Annes City Farm

For #worldbeeweek we will be having a Hap-Bee Sunday (Sunday the 23rd of May) on the farm.

With pop up from Starosel Honey & Mountain Herbery.

We will have spot prizes for best Bee costumes & we are asking for painted stones of 🐝 for our wellness garden.

Lots of Bee fun for the whole family.

This event will have limited tickets because of COVID restrictions. The whole event is outdoors with proper precautions. A one way system is a place at the farm, with advised distancing. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Limited Free tickets.

Safety Nests Workshop with Art Therapist, Anna Mulvihill @ The Organic Centre
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Safety Nests Workshop with Art Therapist, Anna Mulvihill @ The Organic Centre

An outdoor workshop for children and adults. Celebrate Biodiversity Week by making time to get outside and make some art together. This workshop is for making memories and nurturing connections. Please dress for the weather with wellies and rain coat, and bring a towel for drying hands. This is a family event so children please bring along a grown up.

15 people Max (Including parents)

May
25
Tue
Biodiversity and Photography – A free Biodiversity Week webinar @ Online
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Biodiversity and Photography - A free Biodiversity Week webinar @ Online
This webinar will look at how photography can help our local biodiversity and conservation efforts.

The workshop aims to highlight not only the beauty around us, but also the scientific value of using photography as the means to collate, collect and visualise this diversity.

For the hour of the workshop we will look at some of the exciting ways that photography is being used to help protect our world’s biodiversity, such as raising biodiversity awareness and helping citizen science projects here in Ireland. Photography tips will be shared that can be applied to both your phone camera and DSLR. As with all Global Action Plan Webinars, there will be time for questions at the end.

Our facilitator, Joanna O’Malley, is a professional photographer, with a Bachelors Degree in Zoology from UCD. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Communicating Climate Change in DCU.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!