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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.

Biodiversity Craft Online Workshop @ Online
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Biodiversity Craft Online Workshop @ Online

Get crafty and join the Rediscovery Centre for a FREE fun hands on workshop where you will learn how to make a bird feeder and some cardboard animals to celebrate biodiversity week. This event is kindly supported by the IEN.

Bird feeders are an incredible way to get a close look at birds and you can learn to make one from materials lying around your house and garden. Garden animals and insects are essential to biodiversity from pollinating to food supplies for carnivores. Let’s get up close and personal with some of our favourite insects and craft them from materials found around the house.

If you would like to make the crafts with Audrey, children will need help from their parent or guardian. The materials needed are:
– Cleaned out Tetra Box/pack 1L size
– Scissors
– Paper Cutting Knife
– Twine/Ribbon/String
– Paint and Paint brush
– Jar for water
– Newspaper to cover table/surface
– Bird Seed
– Twigs
– 3-4 Toilet roll tubes or bendable cardboard
– Eco Glue or Stapler and Staples

From Black Choughs to White-tailed Sea Eagles& Birds along the River @ Bantry, Cork
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
From Black Choughs to White-tailed Sea Eagles& Birds along the River @ Bantry, Cork

Whitetailed Sea Eagles nest in Glengarriff Harbour…on the Beara Peninsula there is a seashore Chough protected area…Buzzards have moved into the mountains of the upper Coomhola River Catchment: And lots of Birds are to be found along our local Rivers.Learn all about these matters with Stephanie O’Toole during the course of a streamside walk.

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

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:

Biodiversity Photographer of the Year – deadline
May 31 all-day
Biodiversity Photographer of the Year - deadline

Are you are a keen amateur photographer that loves to capture striking landscapes, migration spectacles, fabulous flora, or dramatic close-up images of birds, mammals and insects? Would you like to win up to €500 in cash prizes?

Our ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to all amateur photographers, whether you take photos as a hobby or it’s your first time out with a camera, all are welcome to enter.

This year we are looking for photographs that celebrate Ireland’s rich web of life. The challenge is to capture an image of some of the biodiversity in your area. Whether you live in the heart of the countryside or the centre of a city, there is wildlife to be found.

The deadline for entry is midnight on May 31st! Photographes can submit up to five photographs. See all details here: