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Featured image credit: Dolphin Blade – by John Holden

May
13
Fri
Pollinator talk (available anytime) @ online
May 13 – May 22 all-day

 

An online talk on the benefits of positive pollinator actions for biodiversity is available to view at the following link: https://wexford.canto.global/b/G97TH. The talk is presented by Kate Chandler, Communities and Engagement Project Officer with the National Biodiveristy Data Centre. This talk will give you the top 10 tips that Tidy Towns, communities and individuals can do to help pollinators.

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
A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! @ Wild Nephin National Park
May 20 @ 2:00 pm
A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! @ Wild Nephin National Park

On Friday May 20th at 2.00pm we will be introducing A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! Add a fresh spring of the wild to your life and to your step! Ideas to eat, take on a walk, and work with creatively, inspired by the variety of life at the National Park. This workshop will explore some ways in which we can engage with biodiversity in our natural environment.

 

Event link: https://www.wildnephinnationalpark.ie/biodiversity-week-2022/

Location: Ballycroy Village, Westport, Co Mayo

May
21
Sat
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

How to build a bat box and improve your garden for bats
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
How to build a bat box and improve your garden for bats

This talk and mini workshop is hosted by Limerick Bat Group and will be led by Sean Hartigan.

We will meet at Castletroy Town Park, Limerick and have a chat there. Sean will demonstrate how to build a bat box and there will be a small number of pre-cut bat boxes to be put together on the day.

Bats are an important part of the ecosystem and we will discuss why they are important and how to improve your garden for bats and biodiversity. This is a family orientated event but all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

We will have limited numbers of bat boxes for this talk so booking is a must, however a ticket does not equate to a bat box and the number of boxes available will depend on availability of materials on the day.

Please ensure you:

  • bring torches
  • wear appropriate clothing; and
  • keep an eye on the event page in case any event changes need to occur.

You can email us at limerickbatgroup@gmail.com with any queries.

Book one ticket per up to 4 people please.  Bookings can be made here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/how-to-build-a-bat-box-and-improve-your-garden-for-bats-tickets-334663295927?aff=efbeventtix

“From the Nanny to the Boyne” Sonairte and Hinterlands Biodiversity Action Plan Launch Event @ Sonairte
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join Sonairte, Flynn Furney Ecology Consultancy and Liam Keane from Bettystown Tidy Towns together with invited community groups, local representatives  and individuals to  celebrate the launch of our Biodiversity Action Plan for the East Meath area: Our Biodiversity from the Nanny to the Boyne

Billy Flynn and Louise MacElwain will take us through the main findings and recommendation from the Biodiversity Action Plan, and Liam Keane will discuss some of the Actions already being taken to implement the BAP. We will be looking for volunteers and ideas  to help with protecting our local biodiversity (Hint, see event on Sunday 22nd May!).

Free buffet lunch will be provided.

More info and tickets: https://sonairte.ie/event/biodiversity-week-from-the-nanny-to-the-boyne-sonairte-and-hinterlands-biodiversity-action-plan-launch-event-free-eventbrite-ticket-needed

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

Make Your Own Swift Box – Parent & Child @ The Rediscovery Centre
May 21 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 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

May
22
Sun
CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day – Biochar demonstration. Craft demos and Participation
May 22 all-day
CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day - Biochar demonstration. Craft demos and Participation

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

Virtual Bat Box Building @ online
May 22 all-day
Virtual Bat Box Building @ online

This event has been booked out.

Donna Mullen (chair of GFI) has already given a talk about bats to Connecting Cabra in Dublin 7 and they were very keen to be involved in building their own bat boxes, along with the Cabra Men’s Shed. You can see details on the Events page of our website here: https://www.greenfoundationireland.ie/biodiversity-weekvirtual-bat-box-building22-may-2022/ and on the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/virtual-bat-box-building-tickets-341160479177 – please note that this event is already booked out!

Community Action Day @ Sonairte
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Sonairte for a fun day out with free lunch and free training in 3rd schedule invasive species , followed by direct community actions to implement some of the actions in our Biodiversity Action Plan. Depending on the numbers of volunteers we will have either one or two teams who will carry out community actions to conserve biodiversity including clearing any rubbish contaminating our waterways and shores.

Free buffet lunch will be provided!

More info and tickets: https://sonairte.ie/event/biodiversity-week-community-action-day-free-eventbrite-ticket-needed

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