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May
15
Sat
Biodiversity in the Coomhola River Catchment @ Bantry, Cork
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Biodiversity in the Coomhola River Catchment @ Bantry, Cork

Participants will go instream to sample aquatic macroinvertebrates, learn how to identify them, and how this census indicates local Water Quality. This will form the basis for ensuing dialogue on how these invertebrates interact with other species within the local Foodweb, and how our adoption of Best Practice in pursuit of livelihood, recreation, and domestic management may lessen anthropogenic impacts upon local Habitats & Species.

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 streamscapes1@gmail.com)

May
16
Sun
Virtual Bat Box Building @ Online
May 16 all-day
Virtual Bat Box Building @ Online
Having already joined us for a talk on bats, people will be supplied with bat box kits to make up in their homes, and then send us photos
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
BIODIVERSITY WEEK – Workshop:
Virtual Bat Box Building

Some tidy towns groups in Fingal have already attended a talk on bats and these people will be supplied with bat box kits which they will make up on Sunday 16 May. They will make these in their homes, and send the photos of the boxes to us. Sites for the boxes have been chosen in Balbriggan, and the boxes will be put in place when COVID guidelines allow.

Blue Dot Catchments: Cradles of Biodiversity @ Bantry, Cork
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Blue Dot Catchments: Cradles of Biodiversity @ Bantry, Cork

The ‘Blue Dot’ initiative seeks to conserve remaining ‘HighStatus’ waterbodies throughout Ireland. As the Coomhola River has been classified ‘BlueDot’, we will look at what this means for the Catchment and how citizens may contribute to the Blue DotCatchment concept.

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 streamscapes1@gmail.com)

May
17
Mon
Biodiversity with Leif Barry @ Online
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Biodiversity with Leif Barry @ Online
Biodiversity decline. Why to be concerned and what can you do. Meet expert Leif Barry.

Biodiversity decline. Why should you be concerned and what can you do. Meet expert Leif Barry for a one hour workshop from 7pm to 8pm online. An environmental scientist, Leif has been delivering workshops and presentations on biodiversity for over 10 years. You will find out how serious the decline in biodiversity is and what you can do to make a difference.

Be the change.

May
18
Tue
A Walk through Shankill; A Template for Tidy Towns Groups @ Online
May 18 @ 11:00 am
A Walk through Shankill; A Template for Tidy Towns Groups @ Online
Can your town, village or suburb plant a tree for every resident? Hear how it’s done from Crann Director Diarmuid McAree

Diarmuid takes us on a “virtual walk” through the Dublin suburb of Shankill Crann’s “Trees for All” Project has planted over 20,000 trees, including 3,000 native saplings this season alone. This project has been up and running for almost a decade and works alongside Crann’s Easy Treesie Project in collaboration with Dun Laoghaire County Council and Shankill Tidy Towns.

The talk will be followed by a question and answer session. Diarmuid will be in conversation with Orla Farrell of the Easy Treesie Project, who is collaborating with children and their communities all over Ireland in planting 1 million saplings with Ireland’s 1 million school children.

This walk is part of a new series of virtual walks which commenced with a “Walk in Ballyseedy Wood”, Co. Kerry in a similar talk by Tom Houlihan of Teagasc at the recent TEDxCrannTreesforIreland conference. Note this event is being recorded and may be used for the promotion of tree planting, tree preservation and tree appreciation on our media channels. We reference the Power Summit commencing in Dublin next week and discuss the “Electric Decade” and its importance as we prepare for the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration where de-carbonising goes hand in hand with tree planting. Athenry, Co. Galway and Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny have succeeded in fulfilling Diarmuid’s challenge, other places such as Baldoyle in Dublin, Fingal are aiming for it; can your community rise to this challenge and plant not just one tree per child but a tree for every member of your local population?

May
20
Thu
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.

May
21
Fri
Introduction to the Citizen Science Stream Index w/ Dr. Simon Harrison (UCC) @ Bantry, Cork
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Introduction to the Citizen Science Stream Index w/ Dr. Simon Harrison (UCC) @ Bantry, Cork

This is an exciting time in the development of Citizen Science, making it fun and exciting to participate,as well as being able to fill gaps in State& Academiagenerated Biodiversity Data. The ‘Citizen Science Stream Index’, being developed by Dr. Simon Harrisonof UCC for nationwide rollout, is a new system of Aquatic Invertebrate census which it is hoped will augment Water Quality surveys by the EPA. Bring your wellies!

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 streamscapes1@gmail.com)

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.

May
22
Sat
Biodiversity for Community Spaces @ Turlough Park
May 22 @ 2:00 pm
Biodiversity for Community Spaces @ Turlough Park

The Irish Community Archive Network presents an online talk with ecologist Janice Fuller, who will share some ideas for protecting and enhancing nature and wildlife in our towns, villages and urban spaces.

Janice Fuller is an ecologist based in south Galway. She has an in-depth knowledge of the Irish flora and habitats based on many years’ experience of ecological field survey and research. Janice also has a particular interest in community development and the Tidy Towns movement. She has facilitated the production of numerous local biodiversity action plans for Tidy Towns groups in Galway, Clare and Mayo, and been involved in a wide range of community-led biodiversity projects. As a national Tidy Towns adjudicator, Janice has had the privilege of seeing the great work done by Tidy Towns groups around the country for the benefit of the natural world and their communities. She has delivered biodiversity training for community groups, local authorities and for the outdoor recreation sector. Janice is passionate about communicating the importance of biodiversity in our everyday lives and sharing the joy of nature

Booking is essential for this event and spaces are limited. Please contact educationtph@museum.ie by 12pm on Thursday 20th May  to make a booking.

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
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

May
25
Tue
TEDxCrannTreesforIreland Circle @ Online
May 25 @ 11:00 am
TEDxCrannTreesforIreland Circle @ Online
A TEDxCountdown Circle; Focus on the West; A Template for Rural Ireland

The Power of Nature. In the 6th of our series of TEDx Circles, TEDxCrannTreesforIreland follows on its recent conference with a public forum for conversation, held on zoom. We will commence the event with a short film from the Countdown series focusing on biodiversity; We will hear from Easy Treesie volunteers who have been promoting tree planting in their rural communities and how they have managed to transform their local areas through their small-woodland planting. We will focus on the West; hear how a student-lead business has expanded rapidly during challenging times with a sustainable footprint and with biodiversity promotion uppermost in their marketing strategy; Tree and T-shirts with wildflower gifts, connecting their customers and their own communities with nature. TED Circles is a global community of small groups who discuss big ideas together. Here are details for the TED Circle you’ve been invited to attend: https://events.tedcircles.com/invitation.html?id=recCGep0Edbfftv7S. We will be celebrating National Biodiversity Week

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!

Lisdoonvarna Biodiversity Week Photo Competition @ Online - Lisdoonvarna
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lisdoonvarna Biodiversity Week Photo Competition @ Online - Lisdoonvarna
The announcement of the results of our biodiversity photography competition, and a discussion about biodiversity in Lisdoonvarna.

For 9 days in May Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns and Feasta are hosting a photography competition for amateur budding photographers to kickstart our biodiversity audit of the town.

We want you to send us your best photographs of biodiversity, wildlife, flora, fauna – every thing that makes up the natural world in Lisdoonvarna. There is a maximum of 3 photos per person so don’t just send the first photos you take! The photos must be taken in Lisdoonvarna during the month of May 2021 and submitted by May 23rd for judging.

Winners will be announced at our biodiversity event on May 25th.

We have two categories:

18 years and under on May 1st 2021

Over 18’s from May 1st 2021

We have received funding from the Irish Environmental Network and the National Parks and Wildlife Service of €300 which will cover 3 prizes in each category.

Anybody can post photos and videos on to Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns facebook page to share however entries to the photography competition must be submitted via email.

Please submit, via email to lisdoonvarnatidytowns@gmail.com, a maximum of three photos together including your name, category, the location the photo was taken, a brief description of the photgraph and a contact phone number.

Biodiversity Week is organised by the Irish Environmental Network (www.ien.ie) and supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Trust (www.npws.ie)

Some terms and conditions:

The Judges’ decision is final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.

By entering the promotion and submitting your photograph you hereby grant Lisdoonvarane Tidy Towns and Lisdoonvarna Biodiversity a license to use your photograph.

All imagery MUST be the total and exclusive work of the submitting photographer and may not include any element that is the copyright of another.

All entries must include a valid email address.

Images must be in JPEG format

Images should be 100% quality (JPEG)

All photographs must be taken in the month of May 2017 in Ireland and sent in before 23rd of May midnight.

When a photograph is submitted and entry finalised the entry cannot be changed or edited.

BiodiversiTREE and Planting for Pollination @ Online
May 25 @ 8:00 pm
BiodiversiTREE and Planting for Pollination @ Online

Planting for Pollinators – focus on the Cooley Penninsula. In a third year of tree planting, tree talks and awareness of the contribution of trees to Biodiversity, the work of tree planters will be marked by Greenore Tidy Towns Committee Members to celebrate the great work of local communities who have carried out distanced tree planting of native saplings and during planting season on the Cooley Penninsula with community groups and schools. The Zoom gathering will take place online hear the fascinating story of Crann Chairman and Beekeeper, Mark Wilkinson on his work planting pollinating trees and wildflowers. The chat will be moderated by Easy Treesie project leader Orla Farrell. Hosted from the shores of Carlingford Lough we will reference work carried out in Donegal and Derry and will discuss our plans for the upcoming season for planting 250,000 saplings. We are very grateful for the support of the Irish Environmental Network in the running of this event.