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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:

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

The  event is free and in conjunction with IPCC’s Peatland Passport, an online resource  on 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 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:

Our Wonderful Wetlands @ Online
May 20 @ 8:00 pm
Our Wonderful Wetlands @ Online

A Talk for Biodiversity Week 2021

By Anja Murray

Anja Murray is an ecologist, environmental policy analyst and broadcaster with a love for the natural world. For more than 20 years, Anja has been immersed in environmental research, advocacy and communications; she is an expert presenter on the popular television series ‘Eco Eye’ on RTÉ1.

Anja also has her own award winning short weekly radio programme called ‘Nature File’ on RTÉ Lyric FM, and recently produced a feature documentary called ‘WILD’ about the history of our relationship with Nature in Ireland.
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Wetlands are marshes, fens, bogs, and swamps. Once disregarded as wastelands our wetlands are places of great beauty and wildness. These unique habitats are host to a great diversity of plants and animals. Anja will be giving us an introduction that will wet our appetite to get out there and enjoy them, as well as doing all we can to protect them.

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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.