Things are hopping!

We have four new events and some event changes to tell you about - this information is listed first, followed by an updated version of the Biodiversity Week Events guide.

Amended event information

'Man, Trees and Water, an ancient Trinity'
This CELT event in Clare is happening on 25 May, not 18 May as originally listed. The start time of 2pm remains the same.

'Nature walk and fishermen's record'
This Coastwatch event at Lough Swilly, Donegal now has a start time and meeting location. Meet at Inch Island harbour at 5pm on 19 May.

Newly-listed event for 18th of May
Family Fun Day - Rostrevor, Co. Down
Brought to you by: Action for Biodiversity Project
Location: Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Co Down, BT34 3AA
When: 18th May, 12 - 5 pm
About: Action for Biodiversity Project is hosting an interactive Family Fun Day to give you the opportunity to discover more about the importance of animals, plants and people in our everyday lives across Ireland. The day will include interactive nature displays and activities for all the family; learning about the importance of wildlife in our own back gardens; craft displays; wildlife-themed face painting; bouncy castles; food stalls plus much, much more!
Contact: Nicola Jess, +44 (0) 28 9039 3837 or events@morrowcommunications.com
Newly-listed events for 26th of May
IWT 'Wildwatch' goes Wild on the beach in Galway!
Brought to you by: Irish Wildlife Trust, Galway branch
Location: Grattan Beach, Salthill, Co. Galway
When: 26th May - 11.30am
About: IWT Galway Branch would like to invite you to a beach safari where we will explore the shoreline and discuss the marine ecosystem. There will also be a demonstration of microplastics and their impact on the environment. The event will be led by Tom Gorman and Lenny Antonelli.
Contact: Lenny Antonelli, 0861002540

IWT 'Wildwatch' goes wild in the woods in Galway
Brought to you by: Irish Wildlife Trust, Galway branch
Location: Rinville Forest Park, Oranmore, Co. Galway
When: 26th May - 11am
About: IWT Galway Branch would like to invite you to Rinville Forest Park where we will explore the woodland ecosystem. There  will be a bug hunt and other fun activities. The event will be led by Sheila Murphy.
Contact: Sheila Murphy, 0877527938

IWT 'Wildwatch' goes Wild in the Westmeath Woods!
Brought to you by: Irish Wildlife Trust, Cavan Branch
Location: Mullaghmeen Forest Park, Co. Westmeath
When: 26th May, 11am
About: IWT Cavan Branch would like to invite you to a nice walk through Mullaghmeen Forest Park. We will talk about the woodland ecosystem and the many trees,flowers and animals in the forest. All welcome!
Please bring lunch and rainproof gear. The meeting point is Supervalu carpark in Oldcastle at 11.00am
Contact: Barry Kavanagh, 0876555252
 

And here is the updated Biodiversity Week Events Guide...
Celebrating National Biodiversity Week, 18 - 26 May!

Welcome to this special National Biodiversity Week
edition of our Green Events Guide!


National Biodiversity Week starts tomorrow and there are there are dozens of free, fun events across the country to get you up close and personal with nature!

From beaches and bogs to forests and mountains, and from guided walks to talks and exhibitions, there's something to suit everyone. Take the opportunity to explore, discover, enjoy and celebrate the amazing nature and wildlife around us.
Biodiversity ... it's the variety in nature that gives us life!
Bee by Justin Byrne
Biodiversity is the lifeblood that sustains our daily lives.

Biodiversity, short for 'biological diversity', refers to the variety of living things on Earth and the interactions between them. We depend on biodiversity for many essential 'services' that nature provides - for food, clean air and water, our
health and well-being, climate regulation, pest control, flood protection and many other things that often go unnoticed.

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 each year as the International Day for Biological Diversity, to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. There's a different theme each year, and this year's theme is 'Water and Nature'.
Share your magic moment! Enter our Biodiversity Week photo competition

Beach landscape by Justin Byrne As part of our Biodiversity Week celebrations, the Irish Environmental Network is holding a photography competition. The competition is open to all ages and ability levels, so whether you just like to take snaps on your smartphone or you're a keen photographer, have a go!

The winner will receive a cash prize of €300 and there will be five highly-commended prizes of €50 each.

 

To be eligible to enter, the photograph must be taken somewhere in Ireland during National Biodiversity Week (18 - 26 May) with the theme of 'Water and Nature' - interpret this however you wish. Perhaps you'll share with us a photo of a magic moment in time, a place, a landscape or an enjoyable event.

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We thank the National Parks and Widlife Service for supporting National Biodiversity Week events organised by members of the Irish Environmental Network.

Event Guide
Please note: Events are also listed on our Biodiversity Week Events page online. It's quite possible that new Biodiversity Week events will be added to the webpage over the next week, so please check it for updates, particularly before the weekend of 25-26 May.
18th of May 2013
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Brought to you by: BirdWatch Ireland
When: 18 May, 9am
Location: Killiney Hill, Co. Dublin
About: Killiney Hill walk to watch and listen to the birds of the park on Saturday 18th May.  Meet at main Killiney Hill car park at 9:00am.
Contactinfo@birdwatchireland.ie  01-2819878

Brought to you by: An Taisce
When: 18th May, 2.30pm
Location: Meet at the Dropping Well car park at 2.30 pm (Junction of Churchtown Road with Milltown Road)

About: The many splendours of life by the Dodder will be introduced by Christopher Moriarty  with Sylvia Reynolds (wild flowers) and Julian Reynolds (water snails plus!) Meet at the Dropping Well for a gentle walk and an encounter with a diversity of birds and wild flowers, with remnants of watermills and totally fascinating features of geomorphology as added extras. A slow walk of 2 to 3 kilometers may be accompanied by lunch or tea or both at the Dropping Well.

Contactjsdockeray@gmail.com or 01 2953090

Brought to you by: Native Woodland Trust

When: 18 May, 12 - 4 pm (volunteers need not stay for the whole time)
Location: NWT Farnaght Woodland Reserve, Co Leitrim, Co. Leitrim
About: Discover Ireland's native trees firsthand while making your own nature trail at the NWT Farnaght Woodland Reserve.  Opening up our woodlands for public enjoyment! At this hands-on volunteering event the focus will be on increasing the ease with which you, the public, can enjoy our Farnaght Woodland Reserve in Co Leitrim. Farnaght is our first reserve and includes a great variety of native tree species. At this visit to the reserve we will be walking the woodland to discover the different native trees present. For each discovery of a new tree species we will erect a "biobadge" sign with info about each tree species. You will get some light exercise by getting stuck into some simple hands-on tasks like pathway marking and signage staking.  All ages are welcome.
Bring: Outdoor clothes, strong footwear, and a snack.
Contact: Kieran Flood, kieran.flood@nativewoodlandtrust.ie, 087 195 3629  

 

Guided walk along the Inagh River  

Brought to you by: Inland Fisheries Ireland  

Location: Ennistymon, co. CLare  

When: 2am 

About: As part of Fisheries Awareness Week, there is a walk along the Inagh River from the Falls Hotel Car Park, Ennistymon at 6am (morning).  

Contact: Ken O Neill Inland Fisheries Ireland (087 3296306)  

 

Fisheries Biodiversity Day  

Brought to you by: Inland Fisheries Ireland  

Location: River Hind, Lissadorn Bridge, Roscommon  

When: 2-5pm

About: Riverside guided walks @ 2.30pm & 3.30pm along the River Hind. Aquatic Display (macro-invertebrate and fish life). Inland Fisheries Ireland Staff present to answer questions.  

Contact: Ken O Neill Inland Fisheries Ireland (087 3296306)    

19th of May 2013
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National Dawn Chorus Day is traditionally the day when wildlife enthusiasts the length and breadth of Ireland set their alarm clocks a little earlier than usual and go out to enjoy a morning of beautiful birdsong.   

People who have never before experienced a full dawn chorus in a woodland park or even a well-wooded garden are often astonished by how many birds seem to be involved.  You might think that you have a lot of birds in your garden or local park, but until you hear the dawn chorus you honestly have no idea how many are there.

This year BirdWatch Ireland branches all over the country will be holding guided dawn chorus events on and the 19th May.  They are always very popular and are ideal for beginners, so why not come along this year and see what all the fuss is about? In 2013 BirdWatch Ireland branches all over the country will be holding guided dawn chorus events on and around Sunday, 19th May. All are free of charge and open to everyone, so why not come along and see what all the fuss is about?

For details of local branch events, please visit the BirdWatch Ireland website or call 01-2819878 or e-mail info@birdwatchireland.ie  

Brought to you by: CELT - Centre for Environmental Living and Training
When: 19 May, 2pm
Location: CELT headquarters, Gleann Glas, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare
About: Introduction to and launch of Tuamgraney Local Biodiversity Plan and official opening of the Tuamgraney Community Woodland Wildlife Park  The launch will take place at CELT headquarters, Gleann Glas, Tuamgraney (on Scariff side of the Square) introduced by Bob Wilson and a guest celebrity.  This will be followed by the official opening of the Tuamgraney Community Wildlife Park and a guided
Contact: Bob Wilson, 087-6324644

Brought to you by: Coastwatch
When: 19 May, meet at Inch Island harbour at 5pm
Location: Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal
About: Bring hankies, warm clothes and rain gear, especially boots. Dress like an onion, it might get warm.

The following are very useful extras: A ruck sack, a biro and note pad, camera, magnifying glass, a plastic bag for interesting finds like empty seashells. If you have suitable field guide book, bring that too.
Please register in advance to help us prepare.
Contact: Keith Hardy, keith_hardy@hotmail.com, 086 201 2473; or Karin Dubsky, 0868 111 684

Brought to you by: Irish Peatland Conservation Council
When: 19 May, 2-5pm
Location: Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
About: Free family open day exploring the biodiversity of peatlands.  Join the Irish Peatland Conservation Council at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre to celebrate peatland biodiversity.  The centre will be open from 2-5pm where you can explore the peatland exhibition centre or join in one of the guided tours of the centre and wildlife gardens.  A presentation on peatland biodiversity and guided walk to Lodge bog will be provided by IPCC staff and for younger visitors nature activities including pond dipping and frog and newt searches will be held. If you are planning on visiting Lodge Bog visitors should bring strong footwear such as wellies.
Contact: Nuala Madigan, bogs@ipcc.ie, 045-860133

Brought to you by: Irish Peatland Conservation Council
When: 19 - 24 May, The Bog of Allen Nature Centre will be open 2-5pm on Sunday 19 May; 10am-4pm Monday 20 - Friday 24 May
Location: Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
About: Discover the fascinating plants of Irish peatlands at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre.  The variety of biodiversity within peatlands is fantastic.  One area that it great to explore is the many adaptations peatlands plants have to live on the wet nutrient poor habitat of a peatland.  Some plants eat insects, some plants use a type of snorkel to be deep rooting within the peatland to search for nutrients while other plants create a partnership.  Visit the Bog of Allen Nature Centre during biodiversity week and find IPCC's new peatland flora display and meet IPCC staff  who want to help you to learn and discover the many ways peatland plants can live on the open, wet and nutrient poor environment of Irish peatlands.
Contact: Nuala Madigan, bogs@ipcc.ie, 045-860133  

 

Brought to you by: Irish Wildlife Trust
When: 19 May, 12 - 2pm
Location: Leitrim River, Wicklow Town. Meet at the Parnell Bridge., Co. Wicklow
About: Join this child-friendly outing with the Irish Wildlife Trust to learn more about the wildlife along the Leitrim River. Featuring pond dipping, plant / bug and bird identification and other educational activities.
Contact: Conn Flynn,  enquiries@iwt.ie, 01-8602839   

 

Brought to you by: Forest Friends
When: 19 May, 1pm
About: A guided walk describing the richness found in local hedgerows. We will meet at O'Connor's pub Ballyboughal, at 1 pm. Bring boots. We will adjourn to O'Connor's pub after the walk.
Contact: Ann Lynch, 086 363 8487 

 

Red Grouse Restoration Project Open Day
Brought to you by: Ballydangan Bog Red Grouse Restoration Project
Location:
Meet at Moore Community Centre (Roscommon)
When: 2pm
About:
Presentations by members of the project team followed by a visit to the Ballydangan Bog project site where best-practice red grouse management will be demonstrated.
Contact:
Pat Dunning on 087-6231125.
 
20th of May 2013

Brought to you by: Coastwatch
When: 20 May, 2:30 pm or second stage 4:30 pm
Location: Rogerstown Estuary, Fingal
About: A guided walk of this Natura 2000 and Ramsar site. We'll set off at 2:30 pm at the public slipway for the Rogerstown Walk low tide loop. Good walkers - with wellies - will set off at 4:30pm from Rush Sailing Club for the estuary mud challenge.  Finish with bird talk, coffee & discussion in Rush Sailing Club with local bird expert Frank McManus.
Contact: Dave Tilly, davetilly@eircom.net,  087 683 7759

Brought to you by: An Taisce
When: 20 May, 12pm
Location: Booterstown Nature Reserve, Co. Dublin
About: Veronica Heywood will unveil the long awaited information sign and bird panel at the Booterstown Nature Reserve where it will be on public display for  everyone to enjoy and learn from in the future. This will be followed by a walk in the reserve.
Contact: Rebecca Jeffares,  rebjeff@utvinternet.com,  0879537959

Brought to you by: Irish Wildlife Trust and Wicklow County Council
When: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
Location: County Buildings, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow
Map: Come along to view this beautiful colourful exhibition  from the IWT about the importance of Wetlands to our everyday lives and find out more about wetlands on your doorstep from the recent county survey
Contact: Deirdre Burns,  dburns@wicklowcoco.ie, 01-2819878  

21st of May 2013

When: Tues-Sat during Biodiversity Week, 9:30-4:30, Tues-Sat
Location: Irish Seed Savers Association, Orchards & Gardens, Capparoe, Scarriff, Co. Clare.
About: Come along and enjoy our heritage vegetable and seed gardens and learn about the importance of biodiversity and how open pollinated seeds and seed saving can help.  Our seed and vegetable gardens are open to the public and offer a great opportunity for visitors to learn about seed saving, heritage varieties and biodiversity. Through well laid out signs placed in key points in the gardens members of the public will be made more aware of the importance of our work in preserving biodiversity in agriculture.
Visitors need to go to the main building to get a map of our land and will meet the various signs as they go along the visitors' trail from one garden to the next.
Contact: Matteo Petitti   garden@irishseedsavers.ie, 061 921866

Brought to you by: Irish Seed Savers Association
When: Tues-Sat during Biodiversity Week, 9:30-4:30, Tues-Sat
Location: Irish Seed Savers Association, Orchards & Gardens, Capparoe, Scarriff, Co. Clare
About: Daily guided tours of the Irish Heritage Apple orchards, as they blossom and form fruit. The story of their conservation and their place in future biodiverse farming.  Guided walking tour of orchards and gardens comprising the entire Heritage Irish Apple collection - discussion of the conservation story - the people and places. Questions relating to local varieties will be answered as well as any tips and advice on fruit. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Meet at Irish Seed Savers Association reception.
Contact: Eoin Keane, orchard@irishseedsavers.ie, 061 921866

Brought to you by: Irish Seed Savers Association
Location: Irish Seed Savers Association, Orchards & Gardens, Capparoe, Scarriff, Co. Clare
When
: Tues-Sat during Biodiversity Week, 9:30am - 4:30pm, Tues-Sat
Bring all the family to enjoy our children's biodiversity nature trail,suitable for all ages. A great way for children to enjoy nature. Our Nature trail is open to all families and children of all ages. The trail will take you through our Organic Heritage Gardens, Orchards and Woodlands. You will see many different habitats on the trail and if you are lucky you might see frogs, newts and foxes.
Families need to go to the main building to get their clipboards and instructions. Children must be accompanied by an adult
The trail will take approx one hour to complete but this can vary.  After completing the trail you can come and enjoy a well deserved break in our café where we will be serving lunch, deserts and teas and coffee. Wellies are advised and warm clothes but this is weather dependent but do come prepared for the outdoors.
Contact: Áine Ní Fhlatharta, ainenifhlatharta@gmail.com, 061 921866

Brought to you by: Irish Natural Forestry Foundation
Location: Ballineen and Enniskean, Co. Cork
When:
21 and 23 May, 1 - 4pm both days
About: Come and learn how to maximize your garden space for the benefit of biodiversity.  Learn about the importance of a pond habitat in your garden, see how we have created a garden with biodiversity as the main priority. Led by Lynn Wright.
Contact: 023 8822823, enquiries@inff.ie

Brought to you by: Native Woodland Trust
Location: NWT Gracedieu Community Woodland, Waterford City, Co. Waterford 

When: 21 May, 6 - 8 pm
About: Support local biodiversity by planting your very own native tree at a Waterford City Community Woodland  Promoting community involvement in biodiversity conservation - at this event we will be carrying out a native tree planting on our Waterford City Community Woodland Reserve. Tree planting is fun, easy and rewarding so come along and plant you own tree at the Native Woodland Trust Waterford City Community Woodland. You will be able to return over the years to see your tree grow.
Contact: Kieran Flood, kieran.flood@nativewoodlandtrust.ie, 087 195 3629

From Dippers to Lampreys- Wildlife in Wicklow's Rivers 
Brought to you by: Wicklow Co. Council
Location: Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, County Wicklow
When: 7:30pm
About: Hear about the results of a recent study of Wicklow's rivers organised by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council. Featuring presentations by Donnchadh Byrne, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Alex Copeland from Birdwatch Ireland
Contact: dburns@wicklowcoco.ie


Free Guided Walk at Avondale House and Park, Rathdrum 
Brought to you by: Wicklow County Council
Location:
Avondale House and Park
When:
2pm
Contact: Coillte T: 0404 46111
22nd of May 2013
Brought to you by: ECO UNESCO

Location: Mansion House, Dublin

When: 22 May, 10am to 1pm
About: Interactive Biodiversity zone and Special IEN Biodiversity Award at ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards showcase 2013.The BioZone will form part of the annual Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Awards Ceremony. The Showcase is open to the public between 10am and 1pm on 22nd May 2013 and all visitors can visit and interact with the BioZone the Interactive Biodiversity stand. Over 600 teenagers will be present on the day.
Contact: Paddy Wright, youth@ecounesco.ie, 01 6625491

 

ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2013 

May 22nd is our most important date in 2013! This is the day that 70 groups of young people from all over Ireland attend our Young Environmentalist Awards and Showcase Ceremony in the Mansion House. It's guaranteed to be a day full of fun activities, inspiring projects and of course not forgetting the all important prize giving! Launched by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Councillor Clare Byrne; the showcase complete with ECO-Talent Zone and ECO-Activity Zones runs from 110am-1pm. The showcase is open to the public and everybody is welcome. We really hope that you can make it to the Showcase and would be delighted to see you there! See our website for more info. 

Location: Mansion House, Dublin 2

Brought to you by: Forest Friends
Location: Morton Stadium, Swords Road, Dublin 9. Meet in public car park Morton Stadium Santry Woods, Santry  

When: 22 May, 6pm
About: An evening walk in Santry Woods along the Santry River with particular emphasis on water biodiversity.  We will look at evidence for quality of water and pollution; and obstacles in the river, such as weir which are inadvertenly affecting Salmon and eels. We will be checking for amphibians. It has been reported that are three types of Frogs there.
Contact: Latetia Beschus,  01 5460107

Brought to you by: Global Action Plan Ireland

Location: The Muck and Magic Community garden, Coultry gardens, Ballymun, Dublin 9 

When: Wednesday May 22nd 11 a.m -3 p.m

About: Ireland certified master composters will be on hand to give advice on how to get started, the basics of composting, composting benefits and the various kinds of composting. The day will also include, identifying beneficial bugs in a garden and how to increase a garden's biodiversity.
Contact: To book your place email maire@globalactionplan.ie or call the office at 01-862 5846

Brought to you by: Irish Peatland Conservation Council
Location: Bog of Allen Nature Centre and Lullymore West Bog, Co. Kildare 

When: 22 May, 10am-1pm
About: Butterfly identification and monitoring workshop  Lullymore West Bog is an abandoned cutaway peatland that has regenerated as wet grassland. The site is important for its diversity of butterfly species that have been recorded on the site through the years including the endangered Marsh Fritillary butterfly.  The site is also one of the National Biodiversity Data Centre's butterfly transects.  This event aims to provide a training workshop for members of the public on the variety of butterflies that can be found in Ireland at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre and to encourage you to help the IPCC to monitor and record butterflies on a weekly basis along the transect throughout the recording season or set up your own butterfly transect.
To book a place on this workshop participants should  contact the Bog of Allen Nature Centre on 045-860133 or e-mail bogs@ipcc.ie.  Participants should bring strong footwear such as wellies.
Contact: Nuala Madigan,  bogs@ipcc.ie, 045-860133

Brought to you by: Bat Conservation Ireland

When: TBC - most likely to be 22, 23 or 24 May - please ring Tina for updated details
Location: Donadea Church of Ireland, Co. Kildare
About: This training event will provide volunteers with the expertise to complete bat surveys of churches in Kildare. It will involve a site visit to Donadea Church of Ireland next to Donadea Forest Park.
Contact: Tina Aughney, info@batconservationireland.org, 0864049468

 

Night time Bat Talk and Walk - Kerry 

Brought to you by: Bat Conservation Ireland
When: 22nd May, 8pm
Location: Tralee, Co. Kerry
About: The bat talk will take place in Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Ballyard Road, Tralee, followed by a bat walk at sunset at Ballyseedy Wood, meeting at South Car Park (Farmers Bridge end).
Contact: Tina Aughney, info@batconservationireland.org, 0864049468  

Brought to you by: Native Woodland Trust
When: 22 May, 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Kilbeggan. Meet at The Square (in front of Kilbeggan Area Office) Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath
When: Wednesday May 22nd, 11 a.m -3 p.m 

About: Biodiversity on the move! Join the NWT for a walking exploration of the river Brosna's flowing biodiversity.  Life is always on the move. Rivers are important corridors for the movement of biodiversity through our local landscape. This is a walking exploration of the biodiversity of the Brosna river as we follow the river out of Kilbeggan village upstream towards the Split Hills Long Hill Esker Woodland. This guided evening walk will be starting at 18:00 from the village of Kilbeggan and is a great opportunity to get out and have some light exercise while exploring your local landscape and the wildlife one can find there. Please not while the walk is open to all ages the path is unfortunately not suitable for buggies.
Contact: Kieran Flood, kieran.flood@nativewoodlandtrust.ie, 087 195 3629

Gairdin An Chraoibhin
Brought to you by:
Roscommon County Council
Location: Douglas Hyde Centre, Portahard, Frenchpark
When:
2-5pm
About:
Explore the garden which is landscaped with the most important trees and shrubs that are sacred in the Celtic world and show the connection between those plants and the 'calendar-alphabet' system of 'Ogham' which ties in with the months of the Celtic year
Contact:
nfeeney@roscommoncoco.ie

Biodiversity Experience at Brittas Lake - *For schools only - Booking required*
Please note, this is the only event listed in our Biodiversity Week Events guide which is not open to the general public.
Brought to you by:
Laois County Council
Location: Brittas Lake, Clonaslee, Co Laois (by kind permission of Coillte)
When:
22 May, 9.30am - 3.30pm
About:
Explore the wildlife and habitats of Brittas Lake and Woodlands with Dale Treadwell. Bug hunts, interactive games and more. For Primary Schools, booking required.
Contact:
Catherine Casey ccasey@laoiscoco.ie or Ann-Marie Kelly amkelly@laoiscoco.ie, phone 057-8664000 
23rd of May 2013

Brought to you by: Coastwatch
When: 23 May, 3:30pm
Location: Doonbeg. Meet outside Doonbeg Church, Co. Clare
About: Explore Doonbeg wetland infrastructure on foot & by kayak, from the smallest ditches to Doonbeg river, Lough and Bay. We'll produce a short YouTube video of the diverse interconnected wetlands and some key spp of the Doonbeg area.
Bring hankies, warm clothes and rain gear, especially boots. Dress like an onion, it might get warm.

The following are very useful extras: A ruck sack, a biro and note pad, camera, magnifying glass, a plastic bag for interesting finds like empty seashells. If you have suitable field guide book, bring that too. Please register in advance to help us prepare.
Contact: Dave Gorman, digger7315@gmail.com, 089 4551856

 

The Biodiversity Garden

Brought to you by: Irish Natural Forestry Foundation
Location: Ballineen and Enniskean, Co. Cork, Ireland  
When: 21 and 23 May, 1 - 4pm both days
About: Come and learn how to maximize your garden space for the benefit of biodiversity.  Learn about the importance of a pond habitat in your garden, see how we have created a garden with biodiversity as the main priority. Led by Lynn Wright.
Contact: 023 8822823, enquiries@inff.ie

24th of May 2013

Brought to you by: Bat Conservation Ireland
About: Join Bat Conservation Ireland on a night-time hunt for bats near you as part of the BioBlitz 2013.

 

In Clare
When: 24 May, 9:45pm
Location: Burren National Park, Corofin. Meeting at the Burren National Park Information Point
Contact: Clare Bat Group   clarebatgroup@gmail.com   087 2867079

 

In Fermanagh: 

When: 24 May, exact time TBC - for updated details, contact Tina
Location: Colebrooke Estate, Co. Fermanagh
Contact: Tina Aughney, info@batconservationireland.org, 0864049468  

When: 24 May, exact time TBC - contact Tina for more info
Location: Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon, Co. Roscommon
Contact: Tina Aughney, info@batconservationireland.org, 0864049468

When: 24 May, 9.45pm
Location: BioBlitz Base Camp, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Co. Wicklow
Contact: Tina Aughney, info@batconservationireland.org, 0864049468

Brought to you by: The National Biodiversity Data Centre  

About: The National Biodiversity Data Centre, in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Coillte and the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording is organising Ireland's BioBlitz event on 24 & 25 May 2013. The event will be held at four locations; Wicklow Mountains National Park, Co. Wicklow, Burren National Park, Co. Clare, Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon and Colebrooke Estate, Co. Fermanagh.

The four sites will compete to record the most species of wildlife over a 24-hour period. There will also be a programme of activities at each site running in conjunction with BioBlitz for anyone interested in wildlife to attend and join in the recording activity.

Ireland's BioBlitz brings together scientists and recorders in a race against time to see how many species can be recorded in a 24-hour biological survey of four of Ireland's heritage sites. The public is invited to observe the activities, to interact with the recorders and to participate in the range of other activities arranged by the host venues. By pitting the four venues against each other, it will bring an added dimension to the event, allowing comparisons to be made between the sites, and to gain further insights into the relative biological richness of the different habitats.

Website: http://bioblitz.biodiversityireland.ie/local-bioblitz-challenge/   

 

Schools Biodiversity Poster Competition Exhibition

Brought to you by: Roscommon County Council  

When: 24 May, 10am-6pm  

Location: Lough Key Forest & Activity Centre  

Contact: nfeeney@roscommoncoco.ie  

 

Hedgerow Walk  

Brought to you by: Roscommon County Council

Location: Croghan Organic Gardens, Croghan

When: 24 May, 2-4pm  

About: Hedgerow walk with hedgerow specialist Neil Foulkes  

Contact: nfeeney@roscommoncoco.ie   

25th of May 2013

Brought to you by: Bat Conservation Ireland
When: 25 May, 9:15pm
Location: Marlay Park, Dublin City. Meet in Main Car park (Adjacent to Marlay House), Co. Dublin
About: Join BC Ireland on a night-time hunt for bats near you!
Contact: Tina Aughney, info@batconservationireland.org,   0864049468

 

Brought to you by: CELT - Centre for Environmental Living and Training
When: 18 May, 2pm
Location: Tuamgraney. Meet at Tuamgraney heritage centre, Tuamgraney at 2pm, Co. Clare
About: A guided walk through ancient oakwood explaining the amazing relationship between trees, biodiversity and water.  A guided walk in an ancient Irish oakwood to a river in the heart of the wood, exploring the remarkable relationship between trees, biodiversity, water and mankind. A treasure hunt among the oaks will be included for children. All welcome, bring rain gear.
Contact: Andrew St. Ledger - 0879933157

Brought to you by: Bat Conservation Ireland
When: 25 - 26 May, 10am - 5:30pm
Location: Dublin Zoo
About: Bat Conservation Ireland will have a fun and interactive stand at the Dublin Zoo for children and adults.
Contact: Tina Aughney   info@batconservationireland.org   0864049468

Brought to you by: Crann
When: 25 - 26 May, 10am - 5:30pm
Location: Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
About: Have fun learning about Biodiversity with Dale Treadwell of RTÉ's Junior Channel at Crann's stand.  Come to the Native Species Weekend at Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park on May 25&26 2013.  Visit the Crann stand and meet Dale Treadwell of RTÉ's Junior Channel.  It will be a fun-filled weekend of learning and discovery. There will be plenty to keep children (an
Contact: Marguerite Arbuthnot-O'Brien,   info@crann.ie,   01-6275075

Brought to you by: Irish Peatland Conservation Council
When: 25 - 26 May, 10am - 5:30pm
Location: Dublin Zoo, Co. Dublin
About: Visit the information stand of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council at Dublin Zoo's Native Species weekend and learn all about the wonderful biodiversity of Irish peatlands and discover what swims within the wet pools of a peatland.   The information stand will be located close to the City Farm in the zoo.
Contact: Nuala Madigan,   bogs@ipcc.ie,   045-860133

Brought to you by: Native Woodland Trust
When: 25 - 26 May, 10am - 5:30pm
Location: NWT stand at the Native Species Weekend, Dublin Zoo
About: Celebrate the connection between our native trees and freshwater with a free water loving tree.  The alder is a beautiful native water-loving tree often found growing on river banks and adding to the Biodiversity of our waterways. Celebrate your love of Ireland's freshwater and native trees this biodiversity week by growing your own alder. The NWT will have free potted alder seed at all our National Biodiversity Week events this year. At the events you can pot-up your own alder seed in peat free compost to take home and nurture until ready for planting out.
Contact: Kieran Flood,   kieran.flood@nativewoodlandtrust.ie

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Brought to you by: The Organic Centre
When: 25 May, 3pm
Location: Lough Melvin Eco Park, Kinlough, Co Leitrim. Meet in the car park at 3pm.
About: A guided tour of the Eco Park by respected local environmentalist John Toner highlighting the unique biodiversity of Lough Melvin  The guided walk will last approximately 1.5 hours and take in all aspects of the Eco Park including native woodlands, community food gardens and orchard but with a special emphasis on the unique biodiversity of Lough Melvin and its catchment. The Eco Park has a small play facility for children as well as picnic tables and a sheltered gazebo.
Contact: Andy Hallewell,  andy@theorganiccentre.ie, 071 985 4338

Brought to you by: Coastwatch and the Irish Wildlife Trust
When: 25 May, 12.45pm
For more details of what this event will entail, contact Andrew, Karin or James. Bring a picnic lunch!
Location: Tramore, Co. Waterford
Contact: Andrew Cox 087 222 9677, Karin Dubsky  086 8111 684, James McCarthan 086 265 6305

Brought to you by: Coastwatch
When: 25 May, 3-5 pm
Location: Ballymoney, Co. Wexford
About: A guided beach walk to explore our local marine biodiversity. Wild food: ID, collect & use. Followed by Nature songs.
Contact: Paul orKarin Dubsky, 0868 111 684 or 053 94  25843

 

Visit to Sustainable Skerries, in North County Dublin

Brought to you by: An Taisce's Green Communities programme
When: 25th May, 12 pm
Location: Meet at Skerries Mills Farmer's Market for 12 pm
About: A talk and tour at the farmers market before touring the allotments and viewing the solar powered irrigation system.
We will first visit the Farmers Market held in Skerries Mills every Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm. Here we will meet with Sustainable Skerries Members who will explain about what Sustainable Skerries is, and the projects that it is active with. Of particular interest will be the Community Harvest Group. This is a Community Supported Agriculture scheme, and the project is a partnership between local people in Skerries and a local grower.
We will then be given a tour of the Skerries Allotments, and the solar powered irrigation system that it utilises. There will be an opportunity for Green Communities members to participate with some ground work which may involve building raised beds or fencing using recycled pallet wood. We will also be providing a picnic lunch at the allotments for participants ... "Alfresco" if conditions allow, but within the poly-tunnel if necessary!
Finally there will be an opportunity for a visit to see the farm site that has partnered with the Community Harvest Group to grow the food for the members' weekly food boxes. This scheme can be further explained, and any visitors living within the catchment area can join this Community Supported Agriculture Scheme if they wish.
Skerries Farmers Market is located within Skerries Mills, see: http://www.skerriesmills.org/index.html
For more information about Sustainable Skerries see: http://sustainableskerries.wordpress.com/
Contact: For further infor and to book a place, please contact Robert Moss at rmoss@eeu.antaisce.org, 01 4002212   

 

'Wells, walls and wonderful flowers - a young Burren explorers' outing'
Brought to you by: Burren in Bloom
Location: Slieve Carron Nature Reserve
When: 25 May, 11am
About: The Burren in Bloom festival are hosting 'Wells, walls and wonderful flowers - a young Burren explorers' outing' at Slieve Carron Nature Reserve at 11am
Contact: Aine Bird, Burrenbeo Trust (091- 638096)

 

Guided tour along the Broadmeadow River, Ashburne Co. Meath

Brought to you by: Ashbourne Tidy Towns
Location: Meet at Ashbourne playground at 12pm 

When: 25th May, 12pm

About: The tour will explain the wildlife and biodiversity in and along the Broadmeadow River as it runs through Ashbourne. The Broadmeadow River rises just north of Dunshaughlin and runs for approximately 76 kilometres to its end point at Malahide estuary. The river is an urban nature corridor and drains a variety of land uses and environments which include agriculture and urban regions such as Ashbourne. The tour will be led by Jason McCann, Environment Officer with Ashbourne Tidy Towns. Jason is an Environmental Consultant with a degree in Environmental Health. Jason has carried out biological sampling of the river, has assessed macro invertebrate species in the river and has assessed water quality using physio chemical analysis. We look forward to welcoming everyone along this tour which will be informative for young and old.

Contact: Sean Smith, Ashbourne Tidy Towns, 086-8372809

26th of May 2013

Brought to you by: Irish Seal Sanctuary
When: 26 May, 11am
Location: South Strand, Skerries, Co. Dublin
About: A guided biodiversity beach walk, displaying and discussing local marine biodiversity. All are welcome.
Contact: Johnny Woodlock, 087-6490533

Brought to you by: An Taisce
When: 26 May, 2pm
Location: Liffey Valley Celbridge, Co. Kildare. The walk start location will be in the Leixlip Car Park of St Catherine's park.
About: Walk along the banks of the Liffey to discover the iconic plants of the Liffey Valley. Led by Dr Declan Doogue. The walk will be suitable for everyone. Strong footwear advised.
Contact: Justin Byrnes, thebyrnes@gmail.com, 087 2222866

Brought to you by: Coomhola Salmon Trust
When: 26 May, 2pm
Location: Coomhola River near Coomhola Lodge, Bantry. Meet at Coomhola Lodge on the Priest's Leap Road, Co. Cork
About: Come learn about the wonders and riches of biodiversity in and along our rivers!  Bring wellies and a picnic!  We'll supply dip-nets, species keys, and friendly biologists to demonstrate the rich biodiversity in the river and along the banks
Contact: Mark Boyden,  streamscapes@eircom.net

Brought to you by: Irish Natural Forestry Foundation
When: 26 May, all day starting from 11am
Location: Manch Estate, Ballineen, Co. Cork
About: Cleanup of the local area with emphasis on the riparian areas.  We will lead a team of volunteers on a cleanup of the local area and riverside, removing rubbish that has been illegally dumped and also any other litter that has deposited or blown into the area. The rubbish will be placed in a skip in our centre and disposed of properly. We will provide refreshments for the volunteers and discuss with them the damage to the environment by the various types of rubbish we have collected. We will also create a display in Manch showing the types of litter collected and the potential damage it could cause and indicating the uses that the items could have been put to, if recycled.
Contact: 023 8822823, enquiries@inff.ie

Brought to you by: Irish Natural Forestry Foundation
When: 26 May, 11am - 6pm
Location: Manch Estate, Ballineen, Co. Cork
About: An activity packed day for all the family with demonstrations, nature trails, and talks.  Biodiversity Day! Bug hunt and pond dip for children. Habitat building, for example learn to build a hedgehog hibernation house. Guided walk through diverse habitats, woodland, river and open fields. Nature Trail. Food and refreshments available. Storytelling, face-painting and dancing for children throughout the day.
Contact: 023 8822823, enquiries@inff.ie  

Brought to you by: The Village
When: 26 May, 1.30 - 4.30pm
Location: Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Co. Tipperary
About: Exploring nature in our neighbourhoods - an experience for the whole family.  Take part in an activity based nature walk and learn how we all can play a part in protecting and enhancing biodiversity and strengthen our communities.  This is part of our  Cloughjordan EcoLearn Experience Weekend, offering you an opportunity to explore biodiversity and sustainable community themes at Irelands leading eco-neighborhood.
Contact: Gearoid O'Foighil,  gearoid.ofoighil@gmail.com, 087 9009748   

Ceremonial planting of Oak trees at the Derry-Londonderry Peace Forum
Come plant some trees for the Peace Forest!
On Sunday 26th, the Rotary/ Cross Border Peace Forest (Ireland) project will be launched in association with Forest Friends Ireland. The President of Rotary International Sakuji Tanaka will launch the project at  10-45 to 11.am in St Columbs Park with the ceremonial planting of Oak trees sourced  by Forest Friends for the Derry/Londonderry Rotary Club. Oak trees have been sponsored by Van Der Vel Ltd., Aughrim, Co. Wicklow, and Gallinagh-nursery,County Donegal. The Peace Forest will in time involve tree plantings all along both sides of the border dividing north and south Ireland, with communities playing a key role. These initiatives will be facilitated by Rotary clubs, Forest Friends Ireland and other partnership organisations.


IWT 'Wildwatch' goes Wild on the Beach in Galway!
Brought to you by: Irish Wildlife Trust, Galway branch
Location: Grattan Beach, Salthill, Co. Galway
When: 26th May - 11.30am
About: IWT Galway Branch would like to invite you to a beach safari where we will explore the shoreline and discuss the marine ecosystem. There will also be a demonstration of microplastics and their impact on the environment. The event will be led by Tom Gorman and Lenny Antonelli.
Contact: Lenny Antonelli, 0861002540

IWT 'Wildwatch' goes wild in the Woods in Galway!
Brought to you by: Irish Wildlife Trust, Galway branch
Location: Rinville Forest Park, Oranmore, Co. Galway
When: 26th May - 11am
About: IWT Galway Branch would like to invite you to Rinville Forest Park where we will explore the woodland ecosystem. There  will be a bug hunt and other fun activities. The event will be led by Sheila Murphy.
Contact: Sheila Murphy, 0877527938

IWT 'Wildwatch' goes Wild in the Westmeath Woods!
Brought to you by: Irish Wildlife Trust, Cavan Branch
Location: Mullaghmeen Forest Park, Co. Westmeath
When: 26th May, 11am
About: IWT Cavan Branch would like to invite you to a nice walk through Mullaghmeen Forest Park. We will talk about the woodland ecosystem and the many trees,flowers and animals in the forest. All welcome!
Please bring lunch and rainproof gear. The meeting point is Supervalu carpark in Oldcastle at 11.00am
Contact: Barry Kavanagh, 0876555252

Free Family Fun Biodiversity Day 
Brought to you by: Galway County Council
Location: Rinville Park, Oranmore
When: 26 May, 1-5pm
Contact: Marie Mannion, Galway County Council, 091 509198, mmannion@galwaycoco.ie

Notice Nature at Mote Park
Brought to you by: Mote Park Conservation Group
Location: Meet at Girl Guides Centre, Mote Park, Roscommon
When: 26 May, 5pm
About: Identification of Trees and Wildflowers
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/MoteParkConservationGroup
Biodiversity Walk around The Ben of Fore, Fore, North Westmeath
Brought to you by: Directing Tourism
Location: Meet at Fore Abbey Car Park at 2pm
When: 26 May, 2pm
About: Learn about the Flora,Fauna and Wildlife in Hedgerow, Woodland and Hilltop and enjoy panoramic views of Fore Valley on a 2 hour guided looped walk up and over the Ben of Fore guided by Bartle D'Arcy. Book your place on this free event  by email on info@directingtourism.ie or by text to (087) 9058792. Numbers limited suitable for children over 8 accompanied by adult.No dogs.  Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a 5k walk over road, track, woodland and grass and learn about our magical natural environment.
Just after Biodiversity Week - 27th of May 2013
'In the sea and not meant to be' - Marine litter impacts on biodiversity

Brought to you by: Coastwatch
When: 27 May, 9am - 5pm
Location: Trinity College Dublin, Museum Building, Room M17
About: A display of art created by children from the Belfast homework club during May, to raise awareness of marine biodiversity beauty and fragility, and on marine litter. The fish, bird and litter art will be hung in the TCD Museum Building, Room M17 on 27 May to coincide with the 'Tackling Marine Litter' workshop held that day in the room.  There will be an opportunity to explain the display and video the work to use in wider dissemination.
Contact: Rachael Stephens: rachelstephens3@googlemail.com or 00447857493344, Julia Dubsky julia.dubsky@gmail.com or 087 131 91 85

Date yet to be confirmed
Surveying the state of Leisler's Bats in Ireland - Cork
Brought to you by: Bat Conservation Ireland
When: TBC, please check www.ien.ie/bw13 next week for updated details or contact Tina
Location: Castletownsend Gate Lodge, Co. Cork
About: BCI have concerns about this roost and would like to gather additional information. This species in very impressive in flight and to experience a large roost of Leisler's bats merging is wonderful. As Ireland's biggest bat and loudest echolocation call, it is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to witness this species in flight.
Contact: Tina Aughney, info@batconservationireland.org, 0864049468
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