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May
15
Sat
Biodiversity in the Coomhola River Catchment @ Bantry, Cork
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Biodiversity in the Coomhola River Catchment @ Bantry, Cork

Participants will go instream to sample aquatic macroinvertebrates, learn how to identify them, and how this census indicates local Water Quality. This will form the basis for ensuing dialogue on how these invertebrates interact with other species within the local Foodweb, and how our adoption of Best Practice in pursuit of livelihood, recreation, and domestic management may lessen anthropogenic impacts upon local Habitats & Species.

All of these free, familyfriendly events @ The StreamSchool, Coomhola, Bantry, Co. Cork P75 TY47(As numbers attending are restricted please book in advance on 027 50453 or at streamscapes1@gmail.com)

May
16
Sun
Blue Dot Catchments: Cradles of Biodiversity @ Bantry, Cork
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Blue Dot Catchments: Cradles of Biodiversity @ Bantry, Cork

The ‘Blue Dot’ initiative seeks to conserve remaining ‘HighStatus’ waterbodies throughout Ireland. As the Coomhola River has been classified ‘BlueDot’, we will look at what this means for the Catchment and how citizens may contribute to the Blue DotCatchment concept.

All of these free, familyfriendly events @ The StreamSchool, Coomhola, Bantry, Co. Cork P75 TY47(As numbers attending are restricted please book in advance on 027 50453 or at streamscapes1@gmail.com)

May
17
Mon
Biodiversity with Leif Barry @ Online
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Biodiversity with Leif Barry @ Online
Biodiversity decline. Why to be concerned and what can you do. Meet expert Leif Barry.

Biodiversity decline. Why should you be concerned and what can you do. Meet expert Leif Barry for a one hour workshop from 7pm to 8pm online. An environmental scientist, Leif has been delivering workshops and presentations on biodiversity for over 10 years. You will find out how serious the decline in biodiversity is and what you can do to make a difference.

Be the change.

Introduction to bats in Limerick @ Online
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction to bats in Limerick @ Online
Where to find bats in Limerick, what they do and how to attract them to your garden. Introduction to LBG Bat detector loan scheme.

Limerick bat group regularly gets queries from people who are interested in learning more about bats in Limerick and also how to use bat detectors. Because we are limited with Covid restrictions we often can’t get out to survey bats throughout the county. We are planning to run some online events on zoom to address those needs during biodiversity week. This listing is for the first of these events which will link to the second.

This online event will take place Monday 17 May at 7-8pm. “Introduction to bats in Limerick” will introduce participants to the different species and distribution of bats in Limerick. They will also learn about how they can help bats in their gardens and communities and where bats might be in their neighbourhood. During this event, we will determine interest for our second event and take names and addresses to post out detectors on-loan. Please note a small deposit will be required to borrow a detector and preference will be to loan them to people in and around County Limerick. This will be accompanied by a bat fact sheet and an online recording form .

The second event will take place on Friday 21 May at 7-8pm. “Using heterodyne bat detectors” and details will be on the separate event page. A final third event – Bat Rescue, will follow on the 25th of May.

These events will be fully covid compliant as participants can do the training online and the bat detectors will be posted out to the participants.

After the training the participants can self- direct but we will support through our bat group facebook page. We will set up a whatsapp group for those loaning detectors also.

There will be no charge for the public other than a refundable deposit for bat detectors that are loaned out.

May
18
Tue
Bats in Ireland – a Virtual Exploration of Bats likely to Visit your Garden @ Online
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
Bats in Ireland – a Virtual Exploration of Bats likely to Visit your Garden @ Online

This talk will be delivered by bat expert Dr Tina Aughney as a combination of Zoom presentation and videos of bats in in her garden.

This online, virtual experience will be delivered by bat expert Dr Tina Aughney as a combination of Zoom presentation and videos of bats in her garden in Co. Cavan. Tina will go 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 COVID-19 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 will take place during Biodiversity Week 2021.

May
19
Wed
Biodiversity for Citizen Scientists @ Turlough Park
May 19 @ 2:00 pm
Biodiversity for Citizen Scientists @ Turlough Park

The Irish Community Archive Network presents a talk with plant ecologist Dr Fran Giaquinto. One of the best ways to promote biodiversity is to protect what you have and, to do this, it’s necessary to find out what you have. Join this online talk to find out how easy and enjoyable citizen science can be for the whole family and how as citizen scientists working together, we can turn the tide on biodiversity loss.

Dr Fran Giaquinto CEnv MCIEEM is an independent plant ecologist who has worked in evidence-based, solutions-focused field ecology for the last 35 years. In 2019 she was awarded chartered environmentalist status in recognition of her work with invasive species. Her lifelong research has focused on the mutually beneficial relationships that occur between plants, fungi and insects. She is a full member of the Chartered Institute Ecological and Environmental Management and lives in County Clare.

This event is organised courtesy of Clare County Heritage Office.

Booking is essential for this event and spaces are limited. Please contact educationtph@museum.ie by 12pm on Monday 17th May  to make a booking.

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

Introduction to the Citizen Science Stream Index w/ Dr. Simon Harrison (UCC) @ Bantry, Cork
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Introduction to the Citizen Science Stream Index w/ Dr. Simon Harrison (UCC) @ Bantry, Cork

This is an exciting time in the development of Citizen Science, making it fun and exciting to participate,as well as being able to fill gaps in State& Academiagenerated Biodiversity Data. The ‘Citizen Science Stream Index’, being developed by Dr. Simon Harrisonof UCC for nationwide rollout, is a new system of Aquatic Invertebrate census which it is hoped will augment Water Quality surveys by the EPA. Bring your wellies!

All of these free, familyfriendly events @ The StreamSchool, Coomhola, Bantry, Co. Cork P75 TY47(As numbers attending are restricted please book in advance on 027 50453 or at streamscapes1@gmail.com)

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.

Using Heterodyne Bat Detectors @ Online
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Using Heterodyne Bat Detectors @ Online
Introduction to using heterodyne bat detectors, where to find further resources and the Limerick Bat Group detector loan scheme.

This is the second event during biodiversity week by Limerick Bat Group “Using heterodyne bat detectors” . During this session we will introduce participants to using a bat detector to identify common and soprano pipistrelle, Leisers and Daubentons bats. We will show them how to use the bat detector and they will use the detector to record bats in their area. This can be included as part of their tidy towns application under biodiversity if relevant. This will also provide valuable additional data on bats in Limerick and the records will be submitted to the NBDC as well as on the online Google form for Limerick Bat Group. We will also direct attendees on where to buy bat detectors, what to look for, where to find further information on identifying bats including online resources and training courses. We will discuss the Limerick Bat Group bat detector loan scheme and how it will progress based on interest.

These events will be fully covid compliant as participants can do the training online and the bat detectors will be posted out to the participants.

After the training the participants can self- direct but we will support through our bat group facebook page. We might set up a whatsapp group for those loaning detectors also.

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

River biological diversity @ Online - video
May 22 @ 2:00 pm
River biological diversity @ Online - video

Premiering on Galway Beo Facebook and
Galway Beo YouTube Channel
For International Day of Biological
Diversity Day, Galway Heritage Office and
the Local Authorities Waters Progamme
have produced a video showcasing river
biological diversity. Learn about some of
the aquatic riparian plants and insects in our
streams and rivers with your Community
Water Officer Conor Ruane. Conor will
demonstrate how communities can check
for important biodiversity indicators of
water quality. Conor works with the Local
Authorities Water Programme with aims
to improve community engagement and
support the delivery of local communityled
water quality projects and initiatives.

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

How can Community Groups help their Local Bat Populations? @ Online
May 22 @ 7:30 pm
How can Community Groups help their Local Bat Populations? @ Online
Learn more about the 9 different bat species in Ireland, a well as the 2 vagrant species from bat expert Dr. Tina Aughney.

This online, virtual presentation will be delivered by bat expert Dr Tina Aughney, who will introduce the audience to the 9 different bat species in Ireland, as well as the 2 vagrant species. She will discuss what they eat, where they can be found, where they roost and habitats that are suitable for bats. She will also go through markers of how to identify if bats are present in your local area.

She will introduce participants to bat box schemes and how bat roosts can develop from their introduction.

Finally, she will introduce participants to bat detectors, which are a sure way to detect bat activity in an area. She will also discuss the Daubenton’s All-Ireland Waterways Survey, as part of this section, which will encourage those who are interested in further developing their ‘Citizen Science’ skills to participate in the area of bat conservation in a practical way.

Time will be given at the end for participants to ask questions.

This event is aimed at those who have little to no knowledge of bats and their habitats, or those wanting to revise their knowledge of Irish bats.

This talk is a free event and it will take place during Biodiversity Week 2021.

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

Guided walk through woodland at Lahardaun, Gort, Co.Galway @ Galway
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CELT, in partnership with Aobhain Da Liollioch Woodland Group will host a free public guided walk through woodland at Lahardaun, Gort, Co.Galway, meeting at the entrance to Chevy Chase woods (half km north from eircode H62 PD82) at 2pm on Sunday 23rd May.  The walk will take approximately 2 hours.  This is a scenic area rich in wildlife including the Aobhain Da Liollioch river where the local community woodland group are currently engaged in a Citizen Science biodiversity study in partnership with the Local Authorities Water Programme with a view to enhancing the natural wildlife corridor (connecting 3 areas of ancient woodland) and ultimately improving the water quality of the river which runs into Lough Cutra, an important public water source.  The project and the overall proposal will be explained and guides will identify important habitats and species along the route.  [Guides will be available to take groups of up to 14 people in observance of COVID restrictions.  Participants will be required to sign a form asserting that they have no covid symptoms and have not been in contact with anyone with symptoms during the previous 14 days and are also asked to observe 2m social distancing].  BOOKING essential by email please to coordinatorcelt@gmail.com .  Contact phone :  087 6324644

May
25
Tue
Lisdoonvarna Biodiversity Week Photo Competition @ Online - Lisdoonvarna
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lisdoonvarna Biodiversity Week Photo Competition @ Online - Lisdoonvarna
The announcement of the results of our biodiversity photography competition, and a discussion about biodiversity in Lisdoonvarna.

For 9 days in May Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns and Feasta are hosting a photography competition for amateur budding photographers to kickstart our biodiversity audit of the town.

We want you to send us your best photographs of biodiversity, wildlife, flora, fauna – every thing that makes up the natural world in Lisdoonvarna. There is a maximum of 3 photos per person so don’t just send the first photos you take! The photos must be taken in Lisdoonvarna during the month of May 2021 and submitted by May 23rd for judging.

Winners will be announced at our biodiversity event on May 25th.

We have two categories:

18 years and under on May 1st 2021

Over 18’s from May 1st 2021

We have received funding from the Irish Environmental Network and the National Parks and Wildlife Service of €300 which will cover 3 prizes in each category.

Anybody can post photos and videos on to Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns facebook page to share however entries to the photography competition must be submitted via email.

Please submit, via email to lisdoonvarnatidytowns@gmail.com, a maximum of three photos together including your name, category, the location the photo was taken, a brief description of the photgraph and a contact phone number.

Biodiversity Week is organised by the Irish Environmental Network (www.ien.ie) and supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Trust (www.npws.ie)

Some terms and conditions:

The Judges’ decision is final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.

By entering the promotion and submitting your photograph you hereby grant Lisdoonvarane Tidy Towns and Lisdoonvarna Biodiversity a license to use your photograph.

All imagery MUST be the total and exclusive work of the submitting photographer and may not include any element that is the copyright of another.

All entries must include a valid email address.

Images must be in JPEG format

Images should be 100% quality (JPEG)

All photographs must be taken in the month of May 2017 in Ireland and sent in before 23rd of May midnight.

When a photograph is submitted and entry finalised the entry cannot be changed or edited.