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Peatlands, people and biodiversity are strongly connected on the Island of Ireland. The Irish Peatland Conservation Council have designed a fun peatland themed crossword to challenge your peatland knowledge and to celebrate Biodiversity Week 2021. The crossword is aimed at adults with an interest in learning about peatlands. You will explore the different values, habitats and biodiversity of peatlands by completing this crossword and you will gain a greater understanding of these wet and wild places in Ireland. You can find support for answering the questions at www.ipcc.ie.
The event is free and in conjunction with IPCC’s Peatland Passport, an online resource on http://www.ipcc.ie/visitor-attraction/peatland-passport-ireland/ where individuals and families can find a peatland local to them so they can explore for themselves the wonder of peatlands. Two winners will be selected and given a 1 year free Friend of the Bog membership. To win this prize, send your completed crossword to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the Bogs of Allen nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, R51 V293.
No registration needed, simply download the crossword and get stuck in! Registration button will bring you to the Facebook page where the crossword will be officially launched on may 17th, or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/IPCC.ie
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 http://www.ipcc.ie/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Bonding-with-Butterflies.pdf.
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:
https://zoom.us/j/94061042808?pwd=eTBBcFVueXIxUlBhenFEYXc5dk5Fdz09 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: https://zoom.us/j/98197130013pwd=eTRYMVdTdWdBTjg5VkEzSC9EQWYzdz09 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: https://zoom.us/j/99131844298?pwd=WkhhRWFnSDM5NmhZaTU4SWFmQXlFUT09 Passcode: 469454
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: https://zoom.us/j/99342067709?pwd=VGRVczFycDg3ZktMTnFGMWU4VVJrZz09 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: https://zoom.us/j/97989291444?pwd=QzhKQVNqZjVUaUFQWlRlMCtsSjhsZz09 Passcode: 302602