Events

Feb
22
Wed
IWT Limerick Branch: Public Talks
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm
IWT Limerick Branch: Public Talks

IWT Limerick Branch: ‘Some of my favourite botanical sites and plants in Limerick ‘  by Sylvia Reynolds

This talk will be delivered by Sylvia Reynolds.
Sylvia is the author of Flora of Limerick, and recently retired as Limerick recorder for Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.
Please note that there is a small entry fee of €3 to defray costs.
Date:  Wed 22nd February
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: RT117 (Tara building), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick City
For details and booking contact limerickbranch@iwt.ie
Mar
7
Tue
IWT Webinar: Irelands’ native woodland
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

IWT Webinar: Irelands’ native woodland

This webinar will talk with Richard Nairn, an ecologist and writer based in County Wicklow. In this webinar he will talk about Ireland’s native woodland including its wildlife, management and policies for its protection. 

 

Date & Time: Mar 7, 2023,  07:00 PM

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C7mtHS2VQA6l2vPysl516w

Mar
12
Sun
Waterford branch Outing March
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm

This event is hosted by Waterford Branch

The next outing of the Waterford branch of the IWT is next Sunday, 12th March to the Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally, Co. Waterford.

Eastát Tigh na Coille, An Sráidbhaile, Co. Phort Láirge

Meet at the gate of the Woodhouse Estate at 1.00 o’clock.

 

More details: iwtwaterfordbranch@gmail.com

Mar
21
Tue
IWT Limerick Branch: Environmental Talk
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm
IWT Limerick Branch: Environmental Talk

IWT Limerick Branch: Environmental Talk

Limerick Climbing Club are holding an environmental awareness talk on Tuesday March 21st, at 7.30 in Mary I, room T.1.17.

The topic is ‘Birds of the Irish Uplands’, which covers the birds of our local hills and mountains that we are likely to see or hear, and wonder how they live their lives in places that we are happy to visit briefly. Our speaker, Tom Tarpey, is a local birdwatcher, a member of BirdWatch Limerick and consultant, with many years of experience, from the Shannon estuary to the Galtees, with all habitats in between. We have invited members of the Limerick branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust, and we hope to see many of you there too. Incidentally, identification swatches for many groups of insects will be on sale. (€5 each).

Date:  Tuesday 21st March
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Room T.1.1.7 (Tara building), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick City
For details and booking contact limerickbranch@iwt.ie
Mar
25
Sat
Rewilding for people and nature
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rewilding for people and nature

 

Rewilding is recognised as among the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways of addressing the climate and biodiversity crisis. It is exciting and hopeful but has also made some nervous. This event will look at how we can make rewilding work for people as well as nature at a landscape scale.

 

Date and time: March 25th from 10am to 1pm

Location: Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre, Co. Longford, Keenagh, Co. Longford, N39 XT18

 

Speakers:

Alan McDonnell – Programme Development Manager, Trees For Life and Affric Highlands Rewilding Project

Sue Moles – Conservation Ranger for County Longford NPWS

Padraic Fogarty – Irish Wildlife Trust Campaign Officer

This event is now booked out – to put your name on an overflow list please

Email: irishwildlife@iwt.ie

Mar
26
Sun
March outing with Dublin Branch @ Meet at the Sluice Car Park, Lucan (opposite McDonald's)
Mar 26 @ 10:30 am
March outing with Dublin Branch @ Meet at the Sluice Car Park, Lucan (opposite McDonald's)

Hosted by IWT Dublin Branch

Once again our March outing is along the River Liffey in Springtime, and once again it’s led
by the wonderful Tim Clabon.
It’s on March 26 th , at 10:30, Remember – that’s the day the clocks go FORWARD – one hour less sleep!
Meet: Sluice Carpark, Lucan. Opposite McDonald’s

More details: dublinbranch@iwt.ie
Apr
12
Wed
IWT Webinar: Lynx and Wolves: top predators for Ireland?
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm

IWT Webinar: Lynx and Wolves: top predators for Ireland?

This webinar will look at new research into lynx and wolves in Ireland, both their history and their future. We’ll be talking to Dara Sands and Colin Guilfoyle.

Dara Sands
Dara Sands is a PhD researcher from County Down who now lives in Norway and works at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His background is in conservation biology, but his current research project is focused on the social and political sides of conservation and rewilding. His talk examines the possibility of reintroducing and coexisting with wolves in Ireland.


Colin Guilfoyle
Col an ecologist from Newport, Co. Mayo who recently completed a masters with a research focus on using baseline biodiversity data to inform restoration and management in the Nephin Forest of Wild Nephin National Park. He recently published research which focussed on assessing the current ecological suitability of Ireland for the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), one of Ireland’s extinct carnivores.

Date & Time: Wednesday 12th April, 2023,  07:00 PM

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qfnRacdSTc2raAQmChmOqQ

Apr
15
Sat
Limerick April Outing
Apr 15 @ 10:30 am
Limerick April Outing

Summer Snowflake and other urban plants in Limerick City.

Leader: Paul Murphy.

The first of our outdoor events is coming up on Saturday 15th April 2023.

No booking required. It is  open to the public so feel free to bring along family and friends!

Meet at the Courthouse at Merchant’s Quay, Limerick city at 10.30am.

Merchant’s Quay, Limerick

V94EH90

More info: limerickbranch@iwt.ie

Apr
16
Sun
Waterford branch April walk
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm

This event is hosted by Waterford Branch

The next outing of the Waterford branch of the IWT is next Sunday, 16th April.

The April walk will take place on the Minaun hill.

Meet at 1.00 at Faithlegg  school
Sunday is predicted to be cloudy but dry.

More details: iwtwaterfordbranch@gmail.com

Apr
19
Wed
Hope Spot webinar @ Online
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm

Join Fair Seas and the Irish Wildlife Trust on April 19th at 7 for a webinar on Ireland’s first ever Hope Spot – The Greater Skellig Coast.

Hope Spots are special places that are scientifically identified as critical to the health of the ocean. Existing spots include the Galápagos Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Greater Skellig Coast Hope Spot is an area that stretches along the Wild Atlantic Way from Loop Head in Co. Clare to Kenmare Bay in Co. Kerry and incorporates the famous UNESCO Heritage site of Skellig Michael. This area was identified as an ‘Area of Interest’ in Fair Seas ‘Revitalising our Seas’ report that could be explored as a potential MPA. Fair Seas is a coalition of eNGOs and networks dedicated to increasing Ireland’s MPA’s to 30% by 2030, to give our species, habitats and coastal communities the opportunity to thrive.

At this event we will be hearing from the Fair Seas Team, Lucy Hunt, founder of SeaSynergy and one of the Hope Spot Champions, and Professor Dan Laffoley, Chair of the Hope Spot Council.

Apr
23
Sun
April outing with Dublin Branch
Apr 23 @ 11:00 am
April outing with Dublin Branch

Hosted by IWT Dublin Branch

Join Dublin Branch member Niall Mac Coitir on a guided walk to see some of the trees, wild flowers and birds to be found in St. Anne’s Park.

Meeting at the Red Stables at 11:00 on Sunday, April 23rd.

See you there!

More details: dublinbranch@iwt.ie
Citizen Science – Explore a stream @ Doohamlet Community Centre
Apr 23 @ 11:00 am

Hosted by IWT Monaghan Branch

Join the Monaghan Branch to explore what lives in the local streams, and learn what this tells us about the quality of our watercourses.

This event takes place alongside open water. Children must be supervised at all times.

Meeting at Doohamlet Community Centre, Co. Monaghan at 11:00 on Sunday, April 23rd.

More details: monaghanbranch@iwt.ie
May
2
Tue
IWT Webinar: Lessons from the Past – Whales & whaling
May 2 @ 7:00 pm

IWT Webinar: Lessons from the Past – Whales & whaling in Ireland 100 years ago

This talk looks at Ireland’s brief shore-based whaling industry that came to an end one century ago. Although depressing, the results highlight the potential for Irish waters to once again support a richer variety of large whale species, if given the chance.

Conor Ryan is Irish zoologist based in the Hebrides in Scotland, whale researcher and guide for National Geographic.

Date & Time: Tuesday 2nd May, 2023,  07:00 PM

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_178_ZIokSlG3YsEoFvo5lw

May
6
Sat
Limerick May Outing
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Limerick May Outing

Bumblebee ID outing.

The bumblebee ID outing on Saturday 6th May 23 consists of two parts:

 

An introduction to bumblebees in the morning and a bumblebee walk in the afternoon. The leader is Liz Gabbett.

Bumblebee introduction: 11.00-13.00 in Askeaton Community Centre, The Quay, Askeaton, Co.Limerick. V94 EH9Y
Bumblebee walk: 13:30-15.00  Aughinish Nature Trail: meet in the carpark:
Google location 52.61403020178717, -9.061148731208213.

No booking required. It is  open to the public so feel free to bring along family and friends!

More info: limerickbranch@iwt.ie

May
20
Sat
IWT People for Bees at the Bots – National Biodiversity Week 
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
IWT People for Bees at the Bots - National Biodiversity Week 

IWT People for Bees at the Bots – National Biodiversity Week

This World Bee Day, join the Irish Wildlife Trust for a biodiversity week event at the National Botanic Gardens exploring Ireland’s bees. This event is part of the IWT’s People for Bees programme, and will consist of a short talk and a walk around the beautiful National Botanic Gardens where we will learn about the biology of wild Irish bees, what we can do to protect them as well as how to identify and record Ireland’s common bumblebees. This free event is run in collaboration between the Irish Wildlife Trust and the National Botanic Gardens.

This event is supported by the Irish Environmental Network and the Heritage Council.

Date: 20th May

Time: 11:00 – 13:00

Location: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. Meet at the Visitor Centre

Booking essential – https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/iwt-people-for-bees-at-the-bots-tickets-620677000617

IWT Limerick Dragonflies, Butterflies & Woodlands Walk – National Biodiversity Week
May 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
IWT Limerick Dragonflies, Butterflies & Woodlands Walk - National Biodiversity Week

IWT Limerick Dragonflies, Butterflies & Woodlands Walk

The Limerick Branch of IWT are hosting two events in Curraghchase Forest Park on Saturday 20th May 2023 from 11.30-13.00 in association with Kilcornan Tidy Towns.

At this event you can choose to attend a Dragonflies and Butterflies walk at the Lake or a Woodland Plants walk in the Woods.

This event is supported by the Irish Environmental Network and the Heritage Council.

 

Date: 20th May

Time:  11.30-13.00

Location:  Curraghchase Forest Park, County Limerick

Booking  is essential please email        limerickevents@iwt.ie to book onto either the Dragonfly or the Woodland Walk

 

May
21
Sun
Glengarriff Atlantic Rainforest Walk with Eoghan Daltun – National Biodiversity Week [Fully Booked]
May 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Glengarriff Atlantic Rainforest Walk with Eoghan Daltun - National Biodiversity Week [Fully Booked]

Glengariff Atlantic Rainforest Walk with Eoghan Daltun – National Biodiversity Week

***This Event is now Fully Booked***

Join the IWT for a guided walk to explore the NPWS Glengarriff Nature Reserve where we will learn about Atlantic rainforest ecosystems and visions for rewilding with Eoghan Daltun. 

 

Booking is essential email events@iwt.ie to to book on listing the number of people attending with you.   ***This Event is now Fully Booked***

 

Meet at the Glengarriff Nature Reserve Carpark at 10:30. Parking spaces are limited so carpooling is suggested.

 

This event is supported by the Irish Environmental Network and the Heritage Council.

 

 

Date: 21st May

Time:  10:30 – 12:30

Location: Glengarriff Nature Reserve

Booking is essential email events@iwt.ie to to book on listing the number of people attending with you.

Guided Nature Walk with IWT Waterford Branch – National Biodiversity Week
May 21 @ 1:00 pm
Guided Nature Walk with IWT Waterford Branch – National Biodiversity Week

Guided Nature Walk with IWT Waterford Branch

 

Join the IWT Waterford Branch for a biodiversity week nature walk. The route is on a way-marked trail, 4 kilometres in total along the coast from Arthurstown towards Duncannon, some of it through woodland so coastal and woodland species may be encountered.

We will meet at Passage East, Waterford at 1pm to take the ferry across to Ballyhack, Wexford where the walk will start from the carpark at Arthurstown at 13:20.

 

 

Date: 21st May

Time:  13:00

Location: Meet at Passage East, Waterford at 13:00 or Arthurstown. Wexford at 13:20

For event details contact deniscullen212@gmail.com

IWT Monaghan Native Trees Workshop – National Biodiversity Week
May 21 @ 2:00 pm
IWT Monaghan Native Trees Workshop - National Biodiversity Week

IWT Monaghan Native Trees Workshop – National Biodiversity Week

NATIVE TREE WORKSHOP – with John McKeon

Do you want to learn how to collect native tree seeds in your locality and use them to grow trees? Come along to the Castleblayney Community Gardens & Allotments where John McKeon will be hosting a native tree workshop. All the trees growing in John’s nursery are from seeds collected in and around County Monaghan, and he will be sharing his experience in (1) identifying and collecting seeds; (2) seed bed preparation, which is particularly relevant in heavy clay soils like we have in our county; and (3) seed storage, stratification and sowing, as required by the different seeds for successful propagation. John will also highlight good tree nursery management and problems that can arise. The species he has growing are Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Buckthorn, Wild Cherry, Bird Cherry, Crab Apple, Alder, Elm, Hazel, Holly, Oak, Rowan, Spindle, Guelder Rose, and Willow.

Date: 21st May

Time:  2pm

Limited spaces

Location: Castleblayney Community Gardens and Allotments (Eircode A75W773)

Booking  is essential please email monaghanbranch@iwt.ie to book your place

 

May
23
Tue
Fair Seas ‘The Kingdom of Kerry’ film screening
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fair Seas: ‘The Kingdom of Kerry’ screening

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust and Fair Seas for the online premier screening of their award-winning film ‘Fair Seas: The Kingdom of Kerry’.
We will be joined by Fair Seas Communications Officer and films producer Jack O’Donovan Trá as well as cinematographer Dr. Lawrence Eagling and director Dr. Tasha Phillips from Swimming Head Productions. The event will begin with an update from Fair Seas and their work to ensure Ireland hits its 30×30 Marine Protected Areas targets. Following the screening we’ll have a Q&A about the film itself and the work of Fair Seas. Supported by the IEN and the Heritage Council.
May
25
Thu
Rewilding our Waters, Return of the Sturgeon – National Biodiversity Week
May 25 @ 7:30 pm
Rewilding our Waters, Return of the Sturgeon - National Biodiversity Week

Rewilding our Waters, Return of the Sturgeon – National Biodiversity Week

 

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust for this National Biodiversity Week event on the potential to reintroduce sturgeon to Ireland and help rewild our waters. We have teamed up with Blue Marine Foundation and commissioned new research exploring the potential to reintroduce this endangered species to our waters. This fascinating fish uses rivers, estuaries and the sea in its lifecycle. Join us to find out more about this amazing Irish creature, the work going on to save it from extinction and the potential to reintroduce it to Irish waters.

 This event is kindly hosted by Patagonia. 

Our National Biodiversity Week programme is supported by the Irish Environmental Network and the Heritage Council.

 

Date: 25th May

Time:  19:30

Location: Patagonia Store, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 

No booking required, contact events@iwt.ie  for details 

Jun
8
Thu
Fair Seas World Ocean Day Conference
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day

Fair Seas World Ocean Day Conference

Fair Seas Ireland will host its inaugural conference in Cork next June on World Ocean Day 8th June 2023.  Fair Seas will bring ocean advocates, government, industry and key stakeholders together to map out the next steps for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Irish waters.  Sessions will focus on the designation and management of Marine Protected Areas and learning from best practices across the world. National and international experts and stakeholders will convene to share their experiences in developing Marine Protected Areas.


A list of speakers, visiting experts and the day’s events can be found on the conference website, here. More detail to come soon.

Early bird tickets are available until the 26th of January