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May
15
Sat
Wildflowers of Merlin with Ciaran Bruton @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wildflowers of Merlin with Ciaran Bruton @ Merline Woods, Galway
On Saturday 15 th May , botanist Ciaran Bruton will lead us on a walk around the habitats of Merlin Park Woods , exploring the wildflowers.

Ciaran has a great knowledge of the wildflowers and grasses of Merlin Park Woods and has studied the wide variety of habitats over the last number of years, an opportunity to learn how to identify some of the amazing late Spring / early Summer species of Merlin Park Woods

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 11 am 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
16
Sun
Creating with Nature lead by Debbie Reilly @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Creating with Nature lead by Debbie Reilly @ Merline Woods, Galway
Join artist Debbie Reilly for a workshop on creating with nature in Merlin Woods.

Artist and Woodland Copicer Debbie Reilly has worked with Friends of Merlin Woods for a number of years on many different projects which aims to educate and inform people on how to care and enjoy time in the woodlands . Join us in this beautiful workshop to create your own piece of natural art in Merlin Woods working with the principle of Leave No Trace.

This project commenced during Galway 2020 and we would like to continue to give people a chance to participate in a hands on workshop.

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 11 am 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
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.

May
20
Thu
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
Making your garden a haven for hedgehogs @ Online - video
May 21 @ 1:00 pm
Making your garden a haven for hedgehogs @ Online - video

Elaine O’Riordan from the Irish Hedgehog
Survey will meet Bev Truss from the
Hogprickle Wildlife Carers and get some
tips on making your garden a haven for
hedgehogs. Bev will also advise on how
to know when a hedgehog may need help
and what to do if you find a sick or injured
hedgehog or other wild animal.

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

Mammals of the Wild Atlantic Way – the lesser horseshoe bat @ Online - video
May 21 @ 2:00 pm
Mammals of the Wild Atlantic Way - the lesser horseshoe bat @ Online - video

Premiering on Galway Beo Facebook and
Galway Beo YouTube Channel
Vincent Wildlife Trust present a short
film about the lesser horseshoe bat,
which is Ireland’s most strictly protected
bat species. The lesser horseshoe bat
colonised Ireland 6,000 years ago and
its distribution is currently limited to six
western counties: Mayo, Galway, Clare,
Limerick, Kerry and west Cork. Viewers
can discover the world of one of Ireland’s
smallest mammals and Vincent Wildlife
Trust’s work to conserve it.

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

May
22
Sat
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.

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

May
23
Sun
Barn Owls, Buildings and Biodiversity @ Online - video
May 23 @ 2:00 pm
Barn Owls, Buildings and Biodiversity @ Online - video

Premiering on Galway Beo Facebook and
Galway Beo YouTube Channel

‘Barn Owls, Buildings and Biodiversity’ is a
short visual presentation hosted by John
Lusby, BirdWatch Ireland in association
with Galway County Council, which will
celebrate one of our most iconic birds.
Through footage, images and tales of
personal experiences studying Barn Owls in
Galway and beyond, John will explore why
the Barn Owl is so special in Irish culture
and in the Irish countryside and what the
future holds for Barn Owl populations in
the county.

 

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

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

Wildlife Photography walk with Noel Barbour @ Merline Woods, Galway
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wildlife Photography walk with Noel Barbour @ Merline Woods, Galway

Noel will lead a photography workshop and walk around the woods and meadows giving tips and tricks on getting better wildlife photos . He will talk about some of the equipment he uses. It is a great way to explore all the woods has to offer ,so if your a budding photographer , or an expert come along , if you would like to learn a bit more about capturing wildlife photography or see the places Noel goes on his exploratory walks of the woodlands book your tickets. Noel has been photographing wildlife photographs for many years here in Merlin Woods and elsewhere. We are looking forward to getting better photographs from his expert guidance.

The event will leave from the Merlin Woods Community Garden at 2pm 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.