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May
20
Fri
Woodland Walk at Raheens Wood @ Castlebar
May 20 @ 1:00 pm
Woodland Walk at Raheens Wood @ Castlebar

Join us for a lunchtime guided walk of Raheens Wood, Castlebar on Friday 20th May.

Come along and find out about the flora and fauna of the wood.

Meet at Raheens Wood Carpark, Newport Road, Castlebar at 1 pm.

A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! @ Wild Nephin National Park
May 20 @ 2:00 pm
A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! @ Wild Nephin National Park

On Friday May 20th at 2.00pm we will be introducing A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! Add a fresh spring of the wild to your life and to your step! Ideas to eat, take on a walk, and work with creatively, inspired by the variety of life at the National Park. This workshop will explore some ways in which we can engage with biodiversity in our natural environment.

 

Event link: https://www.wildnephinnationalpark.ie/biodiversity-week-2022/

Location: Ballycroy Village, Westport, Co Mayo

Highlighting the link between Human, Animal and Environmental Health @ Michael Davitt Museum
May 20 @ 8:00 pm

Lecture with speaker Damien Barrett: Highlighting the link between Human, Animal and Environmental Health.

Speaker: Damien Barrett – Vet with the Dept of Agriculture and Group leader of the Biodiversity Committee of Ballina Community Cleanup Group

Booking is advised but not necessary.  If anyone wants further details they can contact the Michael Davitt Museum on  00353 94 9031942.  This lecture will also be advertised on the Museum social media platforms in advance of the event.

Venue: Michael Davitt Museum, Straide, Co. Mayo.  F26 FX37

Mayo Bat Group Biodiversity Week Talk and Walk
May 20 @ 9:45 pm
Mayo Bat Group Biodiversity Week Talk and Walk

Mayo Bat Group will be running a bat walk/talk for Biodiversity Week in conjunction with Belcarra Community Group.

The talk will be held at Belcarra Community Centre and the walk will take place afterwards on the Belcarra Riverside Walk and from the Bridge in the centre of Belcarra over the Manulla River.

Start time of the talk will be 9:45pm.

This will be followed by a break, where tea & biscuits will be kindly provided by the Belcarra Community before going on the walk.

Details:

  • Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch. 
  • Children welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • All Events are weather dependent.  Please check Mayo Bat Group’s Facebook Page for any updates: https://facebook.com/batgroupmayo

To learn more about Mayo Bat Group, please visit their Facebook page for further information: https://facebook.com/batgroupmayo

This event is free and open to all. It is being held as part of Biodiversity Week 2022.

View this event on Bat Conservation Ireland’s website: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/mayo-bat-group-biodiversity-week-talk-and-walk-at-belcarra-castlebar

May
21
Sat
Land based Whale Watching
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will be leading several land based whale watching events around the country on Saturday May 21st. Start times and meeting places to be announced.

Locations:

  1. Loop Head, Co. Clare, meeting at Lighthouse, leader Mags Daly Ph. 083 8401102,email: mags.daly@iwdg.ie
  2. Dun Na Mbo, Co. Mayo, leader Sean Pierce Ph.086 8368736, email pierceboystp@gmail.com
  3. Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim, meeting at West Lighthouse, leader Pádraig Whooley Ph.086 3850568, email: padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie 
  4. Howth Head, Co. Dublin, meeting @ Balscadden Car Pk, little shop (Howth Hub), leader Dave O’ Connor Ph.087 6665049, email: dave@wolfhoundtours.com
  5. Cloghna Head, West Cork, meeting @ Galley head view car park, leader Denis O’ Regan Ph.083 3369775, email: watch@denis.co
Bog Bathing: Engage the Senses @ Wild Nephin National Park
May 21 @ 2:00 pm
Bog Bathing: Engage the Senses @ Wild Nephin National Park

On Saturday 21st at 2pm our event will be Bog Bathing: Engage the Senses. Feel the expanse, hear the silence, see the beauty. A slow, immersive walk connecting heart, head and heels with Atlantic blanket bog. This 2km guided walk is a gentle introduction to bog bathing and the potential benefits of this unique, restorative environment.

 

Event link: https://www.wildnephinnationalpark.ie/biodiversity-week-2022/

Location: Ballycroy Village, Westport, Co Mayo

May
22
Sun
Biodiversity Recording: How to Get Started @ Wild Nephin National Park
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Biodiversity Recording: How to Get Started @ Wild Nephin National Park

Sunday May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity (Biodiversity). Between 11am and 4pm come along to the Ballycroy Visitor Centre to learn how you can get started recording biodiversity. A National Park Guide will demonstrate the different ways you can gather and collate records of biodiversity. We will also have paper copies of species recording sheets for you to take away.

 

Event link: https://www.wildnephinnationalpark.ie/biodiversity-week-2022/

Location: Ballycroy Village, Westport, Co Mayo