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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:

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.

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:

Maynooth Campus Biodiversity Day @ Online
May 20 @ 9:45 am – 12:45 pm
Maynooth Campus Biodiversity Day @ Online

Please join us for a number of online events organised by the Maynooth Green Campus to celebrate National Biodiversity Week. All events will take place via Zoom on Thursday the 20th of May (World Bee Day). The talks are very informal and will last 20 minutes leaving 10 minutes for questions and discussions. The event is open to everyone (staff, students and members of the public) with an interest in biodiversity, its management and promotion.

09:45-10:00 Welcome & introduction 

10:00-10:30 The Tairseach Journey-Maynooth Project Live Launch Event. Laoise Ní Chleirigh & Dr Máire Nic an Bhaird (Dept. of Froebel) & Stephen Seaman (Grounds Supervisor). The Maynooth Project Live ‘Tairseach’ will be described during this session. This project is a joint initiative between The Froebel Department, Maynooth Green Campus representative-Grounds Supervisor Stephen Seaman, local primary schools and Kildare County Council. The journey of the Tairseach Tree Trail and the rooftop garden in MU School of Education will be documented and a video of the ‘Grow It Forward’ scheme will be played to show the work of Froebel students in regard to growing their own food during COVID 19 pandemic and the positive impact that this had on their health and well-being. Photos of ‘before and after’ will be shared to show the audience simple ways of enhancing biodiversity in green or indeed grey spaces. Please click the link below to join the webinar:  Passcode: 319144

10:30-11:00 The Spring Flower Project with Oisín Duffy from The National Biodiversity Data Centre The Spring Flowers Project is a joint initiative between the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and the National Biodiversity Data Centre and encourages the recording of 20 easily identifiable spring flowers. Not only does it encourage people to record their observations of early-flowering species that can be otherwise lacking in data but like all recording, is valuable as it contributes to furthering plant conservation in Ireland. Many of the spring flowers which have been chosen for the project are very distinctive, making it a good way for those new to recording to get involved. This talk will introduce participants to the 20 target species of the Spring Flowers Project, how to participate in a Citizen Science Project and the work of the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Please click the link below to join the webinar: Passcode: 962792

11:00-11:30 The Farmland Pollinators Project with Saorla Kavanagh from The National Biodiversity Data Centre. The Protecting Farmland Pollinators Project is about small actions that will allow biodiversity to coexist within a productive farming system. The talk will focus on the successes of the project to date. Protecting Farmland Pollinators is a European Innovation Partnership (EIP) funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM) under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. Please click the link below to join the webinar:  Passcode: 469454

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:15 World Bee Day -Fantastic Bees and Where to Find Them with Dr Jim Carolan. Ireland has 99 species of bees, many of which are in decline due to factors including habitat loss. Some of our rarest bees are now restricted to specific regions of Ireland. This talk will introduce you to the diversity of bees in Ireland, introduce you to their habitats and describe the efforts of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to reverse pollinator decline and promote biodiversity across Ireland. Please click the link below to join the webinar: Passcode: 624421

12:15-12:45 World Bee Day-Solitary Bee Box Workshop. Stephen Seaman will be delivering a Solitary Bee Box Workshop to 2nd class in Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich. This will be an interactive session where children will use their Bee Box packages and under the guidance of Stephen produce homes for Solitary Bees. Máire Nic an Bhaird and Laoise Ní Chléirigh will share their Tairseach Tree Trail with the children and highlight the lesson plans available for the children when using this local amenity. They will also share a humorous biodiversity video on bees by Froebel students with the children. Please click the link below to join the webinar: Passcode: 302602

Creating your own nature journal for Biodiversity Week 2021 @ Online
May 21 @ 11:30 am

To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021 Kerry Artist in Residence will host a special workshop for schools on how to create a nature journal: 11.30 FRIDAY 21ST MAY 2021

Over the last year many of us have had the chance to really take notice of nature, the trees birds, butterflies and bees. We have really honed our identification and observation skills. Nature is so exciting and creative!

Isn’t just amazing how butterflies come out of their cocoons and how ferns unfold their leaves? It’s like magic. There is so much to see and learn. As artists we love to draw from nature.

In this workshop we will look at how to make a really cool nature journal with some drawing and mixed media tips. Have your drawing drawing tools ready (pencils, pens and a notebook/journal).

The workshop will explore:
How to be mindful in nature and how to see what is around us
How to draw in nature – our toolkit and quick tips
How to create a nature journal
This workshop is very timely after a year of lockdown when we have had all had a time to focus on nature and what is in our local biosphere. While the world is trying to address issues relating to climate change and biodiverisity loss, it is important as artists to take note of what is around us (the birds, trees, weather patterns etc). We can create records of the present and through our observations can be catalysts for change and transformation.

By getting to know the biodiversity around us, we are better able to become guardians to protect it.
Lisa Fingleton is Kerry County Council’s first Visual Artist in Residence. The residency is supported by Creative Ireland, The Arts Council and Kerry’s Arts Office.

NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from containing information about joining the workshop. Please share this to your calendar

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

IWDG Junior Explorer Biodiversity Ireland Workshop @ Online
May 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
IWDG Junior Explorer Biodiversity Ireland Workshop @ Online

This year for National Biodiversity Week, the IWDG is hosting a virtual workshop for young ocean heroes thanks to the Irish Environmental Network.

Based on IWDG’s new educational resource, ‘Ireland’s Blubber Book; Flukes Junior Vol. 1’, the workshop will engage young people on the marine mammal biodiversity found in Irish waters and how they are helping tackle climate change.

Participants will also be encouraged to create a project (drawing, painting or poem) based on what they have learned during the presentation and submit it to IWDG education and outreach officer Sibéal Regan to win some fantastic prizes.

Prizes are sponsored by the Irish Environmental Network and will be announced at the end of biodiversity week (Sunday the 23rd of May). To be in with a chance to win a prize, participants must register and attend the workshop.

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)

Safety Nests Workshop with Art Therapist, Anna Mulvihill @ The Organic Centre
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Safety Nests Workshop with Art Therapist, Anna Mulvihill @ The Organic Centre

An outdoor workshop for children and adults. Celebrate Biodiversity Week by making time to get outside and make some art together. This workshop is for making memories and nurturing connections. Please dress for the weather with wellies and rain coat, and bring a towel for drying hands. This is a family event so children please bring along a grown up.

15 people Max (Including parents)

Biodiversity and Photography – A free Biodiversity Week webinar @ Online
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Biodiversity and Photography - A free Biodiversity Week webinar @ Online
This webinar will look at how photography can help our local biodiversity and conservation efforts.

The workshop aims to highlight not only the beauty around us, but also the scientific value of using photography as the means to collate, collect and visualise this diversity.

For the hour of the workshop we will look at some of the exciting ways that photography is being used to help protect our world’s biodiversity, such as raising biodiversity awareness and helping citizen science projects here in Ireland. Photography tips will be shared that can be applied to both your phone camera and DSLR. As with all Global Action Plan Webinars, there will be time for questions at the end.

Our facilitator, Joanna O’Malley, is a professional photographer, with a Bachelors Degree in Zoology from UCD. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Communicating Climate Change in DCU.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!