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May
17
Mon
Dusk Chorus walk with Padraic Kearns @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dusk Chorus walk with Padraic Kearns @ Merline Woods, Galway
Join Padraic Kearns on a walk around Merlin Woods to explore the songs of the various species of birds which inhabit the area.

May is an amazing month to hear birdsong.

Padraic Kearns an expert on a wide variety of natural species and habitats will lead us on a walk around Merlin Park Woods to hear the songs of our birds and perhaps catch a glimpse of some of the various different species . Padraig has lead us on various different walks over the years in Merlin Woods and it is always a pleasure to learn from someone with so much knowledge and information on our native wildlife.

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 Biodiversity week 2021.

May
18
Tue
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.

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
20
Thu
Summer Wildflower Workshop: A lunchtime workshop @ Online
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Summer Wildflower Workshop: A lunchtime workshop @ Online

Biodiversity Week 2021 in County Wicklow

National Biodiversity Week takes place 15th – 23rd May 2021 and offers a wonderful  opportunity to celebrate and explore  the rich variety of life in Ireland

In Wicklow, the Heritage& Biodiversity Office has teamed up once more with Wicklow Libraries to host one evening talk and one lunchtime workshop details as follows;

Tuesday 18th May 7 pm Wicklow Rivers Ecology & Connectivity; Join us to find out more about Wicklow’s rivers and some of the initiatives underway to improve the connectivity of these by remediating instream barriers to fish migration.

Thursday 20th May 1-2 pm Summer Wildflower Workshop: A lunchtime workshop from Oisin Duffy to assist in the identification and recording of our seasonal wildflowers

To Book: e mail wicklowheritage@wicklowcoco.ie and we will issue zoom invitations on the morning of each event

Supporting Our Bees with the Irish Wildlife Trust @ Online
May 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Supporting Our Bees with the Irish Wildlife Trust @ Online
This Environmental workshop will focus on what groups / volunteers can do within our communities and gardens to help our Bees thrive.

Supporting Our Bees this Environmental workshop will focus on what groups / volunteers can do within our communities and gardens to help protect, support and enhance the bee populations within our community spaces and private gardens.

Pollinator Planting – Sponsored by Galway County Council @ Online
May 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Pollinator Planting - Sponsored by Galway County Council @ Online

Galway County Council are delighted to present a talk on Pollinator Planting by horticulturist Aoife Munn. This talk will look at the best plants for attracting pollinators to you garden, how to ensure they are fed year round and how to create habitats in close proximity to the pollinator planting. Pollinator friendly plants are discussed as well as good planting combinations. There will be a questions and answers session too.

This event will be held on Thursday May 20th at 2.30pm

The talk will be delivered online and is free of charge for those who reside in Galway County Council’s administrative area only. There are limited places available and booking is essential. This initiative is funded by Galway County Council under Galway County Heritage & Biodiversity Plan 2017 – 2022 and the Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017 – 2021 and supported by The Heritage Council and Galway County Heritage Forum

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/

Wisdom of place / Wondrous Weeds @ Online - video
May 21 all-day
Wisdom of place / Wondrous Weeds @ Online - video

Wisdom of place / Wondrous Weeds

Join us on a digital tour exploring some of the more common weeds that grow freely and abundantly around us. Providing healthy food and habitat for our local wildlife these plants also provide us with seasonal superfoods and medicines. On this tour we will learn how to identify 5 commonly found weeds and will discuss their traditional uses as foods and medicines and how they support our ever-important local biodiversity. This online walk is led by Cloughjordan Ecovillage resident, forager and community herbalist Rachel Hussey & filmed by Eoin Campbell

Nettle, Plantain, Horsetail, Dandelion

Celebrating Peatland Biodiversity by Choosing Peat Free @ Online
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Celebrating Peatland Biodiversity by Choosing Peat Free @ Online
Learn how to and the importance of using peat-free compost in your garden.

Peatlands are wet and open habitats that offer our communities both a unique and diverse range of biodiversity. As the weather begins to improve, we find ourselves outdoors more often preparing our gardens for the summer ahead. You may purchase peat moss compost from your local garden centre, petrol station or even supermarket not knowing the devastating impact that the harvesting of peat moss compost has on Ireland’s peatland biodiversity.

This biodiversity week, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council will deliver an online talk to raise the profile of peatland biodiversity, the benefits it offers us all and the impacts of peat extraction on peatland habitat and biodiversity. This free online talk will focus on and offer an insight into choosing peat free through home composting. You will also learn some of the top tips to get started, the different types of compost systems available to you and frequently asked questions.

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/

Biodiversity Day: Botanists Walk and Talks @ The Organic Centre
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Biodiversity Day: Botanists Walk and Talks @ The Organic Centre
Walk and Talk with botanists Howard Fox & Maria Cullen. Two Walks. Morning 11am-1pm and Afternoon 2pm-4pm.

Free events: Walk and talk with our local botanists Howard Fox and Maria Cullen as part of of our Biodiversity week calender.

Two walks -Morning 11am til 1pm, Afternoon 2pm til 4pm.

Packed full of information about biodiversity in all its glory. You will learn how to create and promote biodiversity in your life & garden and/or woodland. With an opportunity to explore the Centre’s wonderful gardens and woodland – you will learn about Trees, Plants, Fungi, Mosses, Liverworts, Algae and Ferns, and Howard & Maria will be on hand to guide you through. The event will be outdoors, so bring your wellies and your raincoats just in case!

Please book fast. Limited places due to Covid 19 regulations.

Galway Butterfly Project Walk with Colin Stanley @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Galway Butterfly Project Walk with Colin Stanley @ Merline Woods, Galway

What a better way to celebrate International Day of Biodiversity by exploring one of our most loved species , the butterfly .

Colin Stanley will lead a walk exploring the habitats and species of butterflies in Merlin Park Woods . Galway Butterfly Project educates on the butterflies of Galway city and county , the importance of habitat conservation, foodplants needed for the survival of our butterflies and where they may be found in your local area.

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 12 noon 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.

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/