Events

Apr
21
Sat
People for Bees – Cavan Town
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
People for Bees - Cavan Town

Community Bee Monitoring Workshop

Cavan Town Library, Co Cavan

This workshop will provide training in bee identification, surveying and recording techniques. It will consist of an indoor presentation and an outdoor practical session at a nearby wildflower habitat. This is a beginner’s level workshop. It will introduce you to the fascinating world of bees and the importance of bee monitoring in Ireland. This workshop is ideal for community groups such as Tidy Towns.

Booking is essential contact us at conservation@iwt.ie for booking

This event is free of charge and supported by Cavan County Council

Apr
22
Sun
Woodland Walk St. Annes Park
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm

On Sunday April 22nd Dublin Branch member Niall Mac Coitir will be leading a woodland Walk in St. Anne’s Park in Raheny to mark Earth Day. We will see some of the trees and wild flowers in the park, and check out the heronry and badger sett – and anything else we might find! Suitable for children over 8 yrs. Wear sensible shoes.

St. Annes Park, Raheny
Meet at 2pm Red Stables

Check out the Dublin Branch Facebook page for updates or email dublinbranch@iwt.ie for more information

May
1
Tue
Green Drinks – The Great Spotted Woodpecker @ J.W. Sweetmans
May 1 @ 7:00 pm

Green Drinks May – The Greater Spotted Woodpecker

This month, the IWT Dublin Branch will host Declan Murphy to give a talk about one of Ireland’s newest arrivals, the Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Many are praising Declan’s recent book A Life in the Trees – a personal account of the Great Spotted Woodpecker in County Wicklow.

May
13
Sun
People for Bees – Adare
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
People for Bees - Adare

Community Bee Monitoring Workshop

Adare Village Hall, Co Limerick

This workshop will provide training in bee identification, surveying and recording techniques. It will consist of an indoor presentation and an outdoor practical session at a nearby wildflower habitat. This is a beginner’s level workshop. It will introduce you to the fascinating world of bees and the importance of bee monitoring in Ireland. This workshop is ideal for community groups such as Tidy Towns.

Booking is essential contact us at conservation@iwt.ie for booking

This event is free of charge and supported by Limerick City and County Council

May
19
Sat
Rocky Shore Walk with The Sea Gardener – Edible Seaweeds and the Living Coastline
May 19 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Join Marie Power for an event to highlight the biodiversity of the Copper Coast of Waterford. We will walk the beach at Garrarus Strand learning about the plant and animal life on the rocky shore. We will learn how to identify the edibles seaweeds found here as well as learning about the rock pool animals and the interconnectedness of all life on the shore.

This event is open to all ages. It involves walking off path on the beach and participants should wear suitable footwear for walking on the rocks and dress for coastal weather. Bearing in mind that conditions on the shore may be different to inland.

May
20
Sun
River Barrow Towpath Biodiversity Walk
May 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust for a guided biodiversity walk along the scenic Barrow Way Towpath. This will be a leisurely walking tour suitable to all ages. The river Barrow is rich in biodiversity and a home to otter, water birds and fish while the banks support beautiful wildflowers and insect life. At this event, we will walk the Barrow Towpath from St Mullins stopping to learn about the botanical biodiversity while looking out for signs of otter and other native mammals.

This walk is on grassy paths on level easy terrain. Walking boots and outdoor clothing are recommended. It’s led by Alan Walshe, an ecological with years of experience of leading groups.

 

Suitable for all ages.

River Barrow Towpath, St Mullins, Co. Carlow

Buzzing Biodiversity of Galway City – A bee walk to the beach
May 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust for a guided biodiversity walk through some of Galway City’s best bee spying spots. Protecting our pollinators is an effective way to take action for biodiversity. At this event, we walk through some of Galway City’s bee habitat and learn how to identify and care for our Irish bumblebees. The walk will start opposite the Huntsmans Inn and follow the shore of Lough Aralia along hedgerows and over to Ballyboughane Beach where we will hopefully find plenty of bees on the shoreline wildflowers growing there such as clover and ox-eye daisy. Butterfly nets and viewing jars will be available so everyone can enjoy the fun of netting a bee to have a closer look before letting them go on the merry way. It is great fun for all the family.

The event is suitable for all and participant should wear comfortable walking clothes and footwear.

 

From the wild flower area opposite the restaurant car park continuing along Lough Atalia where lots of attractive hedgerows and wild flowers for bees. Then up along the Renmore residential area near the church and barracks ( some lovely perennials for bees in gardens! ) and over to Ballyloughane Beach where you can find lots of bee habitat and bumblebees in the grassy area on the left-hand side of the beach ( bramble, clover, vetch, ox-eye daisy etc. ).

May
24
Thu
Woodland Bats of Kerry Biodiversity Walk & Talk
May 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This event will combine an informative talk on Irish bats with walk in the beautiful Balllyseedy Wood. Join the Irish Wildlife Trust Kerry Branch at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre at 8pm to hear the background on Irish bats, their little quirks and how they live, given by Dr David Mc Cormick, ecologist at Tralee Bay Wetlands and Chairperson of IWT. We will then leave the centre after the talk heading to the south entrance of Ballyseedy Woods. At the woods, participants will walk the woodland paths with our IWT guides in search of nocturnal biodiversity. We will use bat detectors to hear the bats amazing echolocation calls and discover which species of bat are foraging in these woods. Participants will be able to try out the bat detectors for themselves and experience listening to sound of bat calls.

Participants are advised to wear appropriate outdoor clothing, good walking shoes and to bring a small torch.

This event is open to all and is family friendly.

Bats in the Bots – Explore the Botanic Gardens after Dark
May 24 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust on a nocturnal tour of Dublin’s National Botanic Gardens. The event will allow visitors a glimpse at what goes on in the gardens after the gates close and darkness falls. Find out which creatures roam this beautiful garden by night. At this event, you will learn about Ireland’s nocturnal biodiversity in this historic site. We will use bat detectors to hopefully hear the calls of our native bats as they forage over the garden pond and between the majestic trees. Event participant will get a chance to use our bat detector devices to try out finding bats using their echolocation calls. While on the tour, we will keep our eyes and ear open for other creatures such as badgers, foxes and owls. The IWT’s conservation officer Kieran Flood will be leading the walk.

The event will be taking place at nightfall. Participant should dress for evening weather and bring a small torch for their own use. Booking is essential for this event please contact botanicscentre@opw.ie to book.

This event is open to all and will take place on wheelchair accessible footpaths. It is a family friendly event.

May
26
Sat
Commons North Woodland Biodiversity & Butterfly Walk
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Once a site of local industry, the Commons North Woodland is now a beautiful example of a local biodiversity site. The former lime quarry in now an accessible wildlife walking area, with bats inhabiting the old quarry sites.

On this walk, we will explore the biodiversity of the woodland, which is home to badgers, bats, birds and rare butterflies. This site contains woodland, limestone pavement and quarry ponds. Our Irish Wildlife Trust guide will help you explore the plants and animals present in all these habitat. The use of butterfly nets and pond dipping equipment will help us see the resident butterflies, bumblebees and pond life up close. This is great fun for kids and adults alike, and an excellent way to celebrate 25 year of action for Ireland biodiversity.

Participants should wear outdoor walking clothes and footwear.

Dublin’s Longest Nature Trail – Explore the Grand Canal
May 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, May 26th, the Dublin Branch of the IWT will hold a Biodiversity walk on the Grand Canal, as part of Ireland’s Biodiversity week. Larry Gordon, of the Grand Canal group, will lead us on a walk along the canal, lasting about 90 minutes and starting at 4 p.m. at Dolphin’s Barn Bridge. The Canal is a wonderful artery of wildlife from central Ireland right into our capital city, and Larry will explore and explain this flow of biodiversity traffic. For Decades bats, birds, otter and fish all use the Grand Canal to find food and navigate within our urban landscape. It is still and essential biodiversity habitat for Dublin City and well worth exploring this Biodiversity Week.

 

The walk is suitable for the entire family. Remember, even though it has late May, the afternoons can get a little chilly, so make sure the little ones are wrapped up.