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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
17
Mon
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards.

As part of Biodiversity Week (17th – 22nd May) we are running a series of tours that explore the vital conservation work we do on our farm and how this work helps enrich Ireland’s agricultural biodiversity. Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards, native woodland and purpose built seed bank. Join us to learn about rare heirloom vegetable varieties that date back to the 1700’s and explore our heritage apple varieties steeped in Irish history.

***please bring water proof clothes and sturdy footwear in-case of rain***

May
18
Tue
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards.

As part of Biodiversity Week (17th – 22nd May) we are running a series of tours that explore the vital conservation work we do on our farm and how this work helps enrich Ireland’s agricultural biodiversity. Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards, native woodland and purpose built seed bank. Join us to learn about rare heirloom vegetable varieties that date back to the 1700’s and explore our heritage apple varieties steeped in Irish history.

***please bring water proof clothes and sturdy footwear in-case of rain***

May
19
Wed
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards.

As part of Biodiversity Week (17th – 22nd May) we are running a series of tours that explore the vital conservation work we do on our farm and how this work helps enrich Ireland’s agricultural biodiversity. Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards, native woodland and purpose built seed bank. Join us to learn about rare heirloom vegetable varieties that date back to the 1700’s and explore our heritage apple varieties steeped in Irish history.

***please bring water proof clothes and sturdy footwear in-case of rain***

May
20
Thu
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:
https://zoom.us/j/94061042808?pwd=eTBBcFVueXIxUlBhenFEYXc5dk5Fdz09  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: https://zoom.us/j/98197130013pwd=eTRYMVdTdWdBTjg5VkEzSC9EQWYzdz09 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: https://zoom.us/j/99131844298?pwd=WkhhRWFnSDM5NmhZaTU4SWFmQXlFUT09  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: https://zoom.us/j/99342067709?pwd=VGRVczFycDg3ZktMTnFGMWU4VVJrZz09 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: https://zoom.us/j/97989291444?pwd=QzhKQVNqZjVUaUFQWlRlMCtsSjhsZz09 Passcode: 302602

Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards.

As part of Biodiversity Week (17th – 22nd May) we are running a series of tours that explore the vital conservation work we do on our farm and how this work helps enrich Ireland’s agricultural biodiversity. Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards, native woodland and purpose built seed bank. Join us to learn about rare heirloom vegetable varieties that date back to the 1700’s and explore our heritage apple varieties steeped in Irish history.

***please bring water proof clothes and sturdy footwear in-case of rain***

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

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

Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards.

As part of Biodiversity Week (17th – 22nd May) we are running a series of tours that explore the vital conservation work we do on our farm and how this work helps enrich Ireland’s agricultural biodiversity. Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards, native woodland and purpose built seed bank. Join us to learn about rare heirloom vegetable varieties that date back to the 1700’s and explore our heritage apple varieties steeped in Irish history.

***please bring water proof clothes and sturdy footwear in-case of rain***

Gardening for Butterflies @ Online
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gardening for Butterflies @ Online

Green Foundation Ireland invites you to participate in the above evening online talk from 19:00 to 20:00 on Friday evening 21May 2021.

As always at our events, an important part will be the Q&A session which will allow full participation by those attending.

THEME

Gardening for Butterflies looks into how we should protect butterflies, as well as what we should be growing in our gardens to help them survive as a species. We also hope to have a virtual tour of Jesmond’s garden (broadband permitting) to see his work in action.

OUR GUEST SPEAKER

JESMOND HARDING

Jesmond is an educator, and Founder Member, Director and Conservation Officer of Butterfly Conservation Ireland, which was formed in 2008 by a group of dedicated naturalists following the alarming decline of most of our butterfly species.

Jesmond is author of the award-winning book “Discovering Irish Butterflies and their Habitats”, as well as papers for scientific publications, and articles for newspapers, periodicals and magazines. He has appeared in the TV series Living the Wildlife produced by Colin Stafford-Johnson, and in the recent Burren documentary broadcast on RTÉ in April 2021. Jesmond is Ireland’s leading butterfly expert.

TICKET DETAILS

While admission is FREE to this event, you MUST register beforehand as places are extremely limited.

Log-on details will be issued nearer the time to those who register.

Burren in Bloom @ Online
May 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Burren in Bloom @ Online

• ‘My Top 10 Burren Medicinal Flowers’ (8pm – 8:15 pm) with Lisa Guinan, Naturopathic Herbalist

• ‘Gems of the first water – Burren orchids’ (8:15 pm– 9:15 pm)
With Brendan Sayers, Orchid Specialist at the National Botanic Gardens and Co-author of ‘Ireland’s Wild Orchids’

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 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.

Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Biodiversity Tours of Irish Seed Savers 20 acre farm @ Irish Seed Savers Association
Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards.

As part of Biodiversity Week (17th – 22nd May) we are running a series of tours that explore the vital conservation work we do on our farm and how this work helps enrich Ireland’s agricultural biodiversity. Our biodiversity tours will take you through our 20 acre farm, full of organic seed gardens, Irish heritage apple tree orchards, native woodland and purpose built seed bank. Join us to learn about rare heirloom vegetable varieties that date back to the 1700’s and explore our heritage apple varieties steeped in Irish history.

***please bring water proof clothes and sturdy footwear in-case of rain***

Burren in Bloom @ Online
May 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Burren in Bloom @ Online

• My Top 10 Burren Rare Plants and Places (8pm – 8:15 pm) with Cillian Roden, Botanist and Ecologist.

• Farming Vs Rewilding for Biodiversity
With Pádraic Fogarty, Ecologist, Author and Campaign officer with Irish Wildlife Trust

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

May
31
Mon
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: https://biodiversityweek.ie/photo-competitions/