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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:  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: 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:  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: 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: Passcode: 302602

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

How do bees make honey? – Online event @ Online
May 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
How do bees make honey? – Online event @ Online

Join the Rediscovery Centre on the 22nd of May at 1.30pm for a FREE family friendly event to find out how bees make honey and how you can make your own little bee hotel. This event is kindly supported by the IEN.

During this online event Audrey will teach you about how bees make their honey and she will also take you on a virtual tour of our roof garden to show you all of our bee-friendly plants. On the way she will collect materials to show you how to make a 5 Star Bee Hotel. You will also need a plastic bottle that you may have in your green bin.

If you would like to make the bee hotel with Audrey, children will need help from your parent and guardian. The materials needed are:
-Scissors-Stanley type knife
– Eco tape/sticky tape
– Toilet roll tubes approx 12 or cardboard
– Twigs/Sticks – (skinny easy to break)
– String/twine 2′ approx- Plastic Bottle (standard size bottle not large)

Hap-Bee Sunday @ St Annes City Farm
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hap-Bee Sunday @ St Annes City Farm

For #worldbeeweek we will be having a Hap-Bee Sunday (Sunday the 23rd of May) on the farm.

With pop up from Starosel Honey & Mountain Herbery.

We will have spot prizes for best Bee costumes & we are asking for painted stones of 🐝 for our wellness garden.

Lots of Bee fun for the whole family.

This event will have limited tickets because of COVID restrictions. The whole event is outdoors with proper precautions. A one way system is a place at the farm, with advised distancing. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Limited Free tickets.

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: