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Getting You Started with Butterfly Identification – Free Online talk @ Online
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Getting You Started with Butterfly Identification - Free Online talk @ Online
A free family friendly talk to explore the variety of butterflies found on the Lullymore West butterfly nature reserve.

Lullymore West is one of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council’s nature reserves located in Co. Kildare. The site was included as one of Ireland’s pilot sites for the National Butterfly monitoring programme in the late 2000’s. This pilot highlighted how the abandoned wet grassland cutaway bog had developed, with support from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council through drain blocking, into a butterfly haven with over 22 of Ireland’s butterflies identified on the reserve. In 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council have added another butterfly to this number with the identification of the Comma butterfly on the reserve. As we know so much about butterfly lifecycles and the fact that they have a relatively short lifecycle, they are considered valuable indicators of environmental quality, aswell as pollinators in our communities. For Biodiversity Week 2021, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council are hosting a free online family friendly butterfly identification talk with an introduction to butterfly monitoring and site management of Lullymore West. To help you become familiar with the variety of butterflies found on the reserve, we have a free downloadable butterfly identification chart called Bonding with butterflies found here

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

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

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.


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.



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.


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.

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: