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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.

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
Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden
May 21 all-day
Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden

There are lots of things living in your garden and local parks or wild areas. Take part in the scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Will you be able to complete the hunt?

Our Scavenger Hunt and activity sheets ensure that the whole family can take part in the weekend fun, and have some time away from screens. Head outside to see what you can find!

Choose one of two sheets, Easy Peasy (suggested age range 4 – 7) or A Little Tricky (suggested age range 8 -12).

You can complete the Hunt or Challenges at any time, but be sure to share them with us on the weekend of May 21st – 23rd to be in with a chance to win a prize! More info: https://biodiversityweek.ie/biodiversity-scavenger-hunt/

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

Sonairte Organic Garden Re-opening and Guided Tours @ Sonairte
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sonairte Organic Garden Re-opening and Guided Tours @ Sonairte

In line with the relaxation of government Covid restrictions Sonairte is delighted to be re-opening to the public just in time for Biodiversity Week! The centre (excluding cafe) will reopen to the public on Friday 21st May and will be open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021 we are giving free entry to the organic garden and nature trail to all visitors for Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May. On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd up to 15 visitors can sign up on entry for a free guided tour of the garden focussing on how organic growing and working with nature can protect and enhance our biodiversity. Just add your name to the clip board in the Eco Shop. Tours will take place from 2pm to 3pm each day so arrive early to reserve your spot!

Celebrating Peatland Biodiversity by Choosing Peat Free @ Online
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Celebrating Peatland Biodiversity by Choosing Peat Free @ Online
Learn how to and the importance of using peat-free compost in your garden.

Peatlands are wet and open habitats that offer our communities both a unique and diverse range of biodiversity. As the weather begins to improve, we find ourselves outdoors more often preparing our gardens for the summer ahead. You may purchase peat moss compost from your local garden centre, petrol station or even supermarket not knowing the devastating impact that the harvesting of peat moss compost has on Ireland’s peatland biodiversity.

This biodiversity week, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council will deliver an online talk to raise the profile of peatland biodiversity, the benefits it offers us all and the impacts of peat extraction on peatland habitat and biodiversity. This free online talk will focus on and offer an insight into choosing peat free through home composting. You will also learn some of the top tips to get started, the different types of compost systems available to you and frequently asked questions.

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 Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden
May 22 all-day
Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden

There are lots of things living in your garden and local parks or wild areas. Take part in the scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Will you be able to complete the hunt?

Our Scavenger Hunt and activity sheets ensure that the whole family can take part in the weekend fun, and have some time away from screens. Head outside to see what you can find!

Choose one of two sheets, Easy Peasy (suggested age range 4 – 7) or A Little Tricky (suggested age range 8 -12).

You can complete the Hunt or Challenges at any time, but be sure to share them with us on the weekend of May 21st – 23rd to be in with a chance to win a prize! More info: https://biodiversityweek.ie/biodiversity-scavenger-hunt/

Sonairte Organic Garden Re-opening and Guided Tours @ Sonairte
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sonairte Organic Garden Re-opening and Guided Tours @ Sonairte

In line with the relaxation of government Covid restrictions Sonairte is delighted to be re-opening to the public just in time for Biodiversity Week! The centre (excluding cafe) will reopen to the public on Friday 21st May and will be open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021 we are giving free entry to the organic garden and nature trail to all visitors for Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May. On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd up to 15 visitors can sign up on entry for a free guided tour of the garden focussing on how organic growing and working with nature can protect and enhance our biodiversity. Just add your name to the clip board in the Eco Shop. Tours will take place from 2pm to 3pm each day so arrive early to reserve your spot!

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.

May
23
Sun
Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden
May 23 all-day
Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt @ Online - Your Garden

There are lots of things living in your garden and local parks or wild areas. Take part in the scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Will you be able to complete the hunt?

Our Scavenger Hunt and activity sheets ensure that the whole family can take part in the weekend fun, and have some time away from screens. Head outside to see what you can find!

Choose one of two sheets, Easy Peasy (suggested age range 4 – 7) or A Little Tricky (suggested age range 8 -12).

You can complete the Hunt or Challenges at any time, but be sure to share them with us on the weekend of May 21st – 23rd to be in with a chance to win a prize! More info: https://biodiversityweek.ie/biodiversity-scavenger-hunt/

Sonairte Organic Garden Re-opening and Guided Tours @ Sonairte
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sonairte Organic Garden Re-opening and Guided Tours @ Sonairte

In line with the relaxation of government Covid restrictions Sonairte is delighted to be re-opening to the public just in time for Biodiversity Week! The centre (excluding cafe) will reopen to the public on Friday 21st May and will be open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021 we are giving free entry to the organic garden and nature trail to all visitors for Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May. On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd up to 15 visitors can sign up on entry for a free guided tour of the garden focussing on how organic growing and working with nature can protect and enhance our biodiversity. Just add your name to the clip board in the Eco Shop. Tours will take place from 2pm to 3pm each day so arrive early to reserve your spot!

May
25
Tue
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.