Botswana to the Bog – Illustrated Talk by Tina Claffey @ Mueller & O' Connell Bakery
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

IWT Laois Offaly eventJoin photographer and Birr native Tina Claffey on a photographic journey. Tina will describe her photographic adventures in Botswana through to her more recent work capturing iconic images of Irish bogs. Much of Tinas work featured in her newly released photobook Tapestry Of Light is taken at Abbeyleix Bog a local nature hot-spot. Tina’s new book will be available to purchase on the evening.

Whittled Away – Talk by Padraig Fogarty @ Banagher Library
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm

Author and IWT Campaigns Officer Pádraic Fogarty will be talking about his book – Whittled Away – and Ireland’s vanishing nature at Banagher Library.

Glenshhelane River Nature Walk
Mar 11 @ 1:30 pm

The Waterford branch are running a nature walk along the Glenshhelane. We’ll be meeting near Barron’s Bakery, Cappoquin at 1.30 pm. All are welcome.

Awesome Amphibians at Abbeyleix @ Heritage House, Abbeyleix
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm


On Sunday 15th April, the Laois/Offaly branch of the IWT is inviting the public to meet Zoologist and Amphibian Expert Collie Ennis at 12 noon in Abbeyleix Heritage House before heading to Abbeyleix Bog in search of frogs and newts. This event is suitable for young & old alike and is family friendly. Its a free event but donations to the branches conservation work always welcome.

Contact the Laois/Offaly Branch for any further information.

Dublin: Close to Nature Forest Management – the ProSilva approach
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm
Dublin: Close to Nature Forest Management - the ProSilva approach

Close to Nature Forest Management – the ProSilva approach

7pm, 6th November, J.W. Sweetman’s Pub, Burgh Quay Dublin 2


This talk will be given by Faith Wilson who is a practising ecologist and a committee member of ProSilva Ireland.  ProSilva Ireland is an All Ireland organisation, which aims to develop and promote the ProSilva Principles in Irish forestry which, through a diversification of age and species structures allow for the full development of the forests ecological role and the simultaneous economic production of high quality forest products.    ProSilva Ireland promotes knowledge and practical examples of continuous cover forestry management in woodlands across Ireland through field days and study trips to the continent.   Continuous cover forestry management is a forest management system where forest managers and owners work hand in hand with the natural processes and dynamics that occur in forests to the benefit of the forest owner, the environment and society in general. ProSilva members believe that forests provide four categories of benefit to society. These are:
  1. production of timber and other products
  2. protection of soil and climate
  3. maintenance of ecosystems
  4. recreation, amenity, and cultural aspects
Over the last century, Ireland has developed a forest industry based principally around plantation forests. These forests have been grown as agricultural crops on a rotation system (typically forty years followed by clearfell and replanting). The ProSilva approach is to find ways of transforming these plantation forests to permanent forests of mixed species and age classes.
River Liffey Nature Walk – Dublin
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am
River Liffey Nature Walk - Dublin

For the February IWT Dublin Branch outing we will be joining the IWT’s Tim Clabon for a guided walk along the Liffey in St Catherine’s park meeting at 10:30 am. We meet at the Lucan end of the park called the Sluice Carpark, opposite McDonald’s. It’s well served by buses – the 25, 25x, 66, 66a, 65b and 67 al stop there. Remember – dress up warmly, particularly younger naturalists, bring snacks and drinks for them, and if you have binoculars please bring them.

Date: Sunday 17th February

Time: 10:30

This is a IWT Dublin Branch event. For more information and to confirm time and location contact