Events

Feb
7
Wed
2024
Fair Seas: The Atlantic Northwest Film Screening
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fair Seas: The Atlantic Northwest Film Screening

Join us for an in person screening of Fair Seas latest film ‘The Atlantic Northwest.’ The film recently won the award of Exceptional Merit at the Documentaries Without Borders International Film Festival and has been selected as a finalist for the Big Blue Film Festival in Oregon USA. The film spoke to different stakeholders including anglers, divers, tourism operators and seafood producers on what the ocean means to them and how they think Marine Protected Areas will affect their local area.

After the screening we will have a panel discussion focused around Marine Protected Areas in Ireland and the chance to discuss ideas with a number of experts from different fields.

Event requires registration. Please register here.

Location: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. Port Road, F92 C8HD, Letterkenny, Ireland.

 

Feb
17
Sat
2024
A Nature Restoration Law and Irish Ecosystems
Feb 17 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
A Nature Restoration Law and Irish Ecosystems

Join us at Tralee Wetland centre on Saturday the 17th February at 3.30pm for an event exploring some of the ecosystems and species found in Kerry and across Ireland. We will also discuss the importance of national and EU legislation, such as the Nature Restoration Law and the new Irish Marine Protected Area bill, in protecting and restoring these areas and the species that rely on them.

Gerard Skollard from the IWT Kerry branch will speak about some of the work being done in Kerry by IWT and other environmental groups.  Sean Kelly, Member of the European Parliament will join us to talk about his ‘Bee Better’ campaign and the need for healthy pollinator populations. We will also hear from Louise Overy on some of the work being done in the community around seagrass, oysters and elasmobranchs. Grace Carr, Marine Advocacy Officer with the IWT will give an overview of the Nature Restoration Law and it’s importance to marine ecosystems.  Fair Seas will also give an update on the national Marine Protected Area legislation and where we are in the process

More speakers are to be confirmed so keep an eye on our social media and future newsletters for more details.

This event requires registration, so please register here: REGISTRATION LINK

Date: Saturday the 17th February

Time: 3.30pm

Location: Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, Ballyard Rd, Ballyard, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

 

Mar
24
Sun
2024
Dublin Branch March Outing
Mar 24 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Dublin Branch March Outing

Once again our March outing is led by the wonderful Tim Clabon, and,  once again it’s along a river – this time the Dodder.

It’s on March 24th, at 10:30, Meet at the Dodder Waterfall. It’s beside bus stops for S6, S8, 49, 65B and right beside Old Bawn Shopping Centre.

Just a stroll along the bank of the River Dodder, looking at some of the wildlife that occurs around this area in what used to be called Spring!

Bring rainwear and good walking shoes or boots.

For more info or enquiries on this event please contact Dublin Branch on dublinbranch@iwt.ie.

Apr
14
Sun
2024
Monthly Walk with IWT Waterford Branch – April
Apr 14 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Monthly Walk with IWT Waterford Branch - April
Location: Dunmore East woods. Meet at the cliff carpark.
Time & Date: 13:30pm, April 14th 2024.
Find the grid reference for the meeting point here:
Apr
21
Sun
2024
IWT Dublin Branch: Guided Walk With Niall Mac Coitir
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
IWT Dublin Branch: Guided Walk With Niall Mac Coitir

IWT Dublin Branch: Guided Walk With Niall Mac Coitir

Join Dublin Branch member Niall Mac Coitir on a guided walk to see some of the trees, wild flowers and birds indeed all the biodiversity to be found in St. Anne’s Park in Clontarf. Niall Mac Coitir is the author of Ireland’s Trees: Myths, Legends and Folklore

 

Location: St. Anne’s Park in Clontarf. 

Meeting Point: Red Stables 

Time & Date: 11:00, April 21st.

 

Please note: We’ll be mostly on paths – but wear sensible footwear. Car parking in St Anne’s Park can be problematical. You might be best parking nearby (don’t block driveways) and walking. Bus 130 leaves you at the gate. Raheny Dart station is 5ish minutes by bike – and you can bring the bike on the Dart.

 

If you have any queries, please contact the Dublin branch directly. Email: DublinBranch@iwt.ie

Apr
27
Sat
2024
IWT Limerick Branch Botanical Walk
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
IWT Limerick Branch Botanical Walk

IWT Limerick Branch Botanical Walk

 

Location: King’s Island, Limerick City

Meeting Point: The Potato Market on Merchants Quay

Time & Date: 11:00, April 27th.

If you are interested in improving your plant identification skills, we recommend downloading the free app: Flora Incognito ahead of the vent.

This walk is open to all!

 

For any queries, please contact the IWT Limerick Branch directly, email: limerickbranch@iwt.ie

May
12
Sun
2024
IWT Waterford Branch Monthly Walk – May
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
IWT Waterford Branch Monthly Walk - May

IWT Waterford Branch Monthly Walk – May

A walk through the grounds and house finishing up with tea/coffee.

Location: Cappagh House, County Waterford. Meet for car pooling at Butlerstown retail centre at 13.30.

Cappagh House Grid meeting point grid reference: https://irish.gridreferencefinder.com?gr=X1826896846|Point_s_L|1&t=Point%20L&v=r

Time & Date: 14:00, May 12th

Cost: 10 euro (to be paid on the day)
This event requires registration. Please fill out the google form below to let the IWT Waterford Branch know you’re joining them on this walk:
For any queries, please contact the IWT Waterford Branch directly: iwtwaterfordbranch@gmail.com
May
20
Mon
2024
IWT People for Bees at Knocksink Woods
May 20 @ 3:00 pm
IWT People for Bees at Knocksink Woods

On World Bee Day, join the Irish Wildlife Trust and NPWS to discover the bumblebees and other bugs that make their home in Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve. The walk will explore the pollinating insects and flowering plants found in the Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve and surrounding area. You will learn about wild irish bee and wildflower identification as well as woodland ecology.

 

Date: 20.05.2024

Time: 15:00

Meeting point: Confirmed on booking

Price: Free

Booking info: All ages welcome, booking is essential, email knocksinkwood@npws.gov.ie.  Dogs (excepting guide dogs) are not permitted.

Contact: knocksinkwood@npws.gov.ie

May
22
Wed
2024
IWT Waterford Branch: Bat walk for Biodiversity week
May 22 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
IWT Waterford Branch: Bat walk for Biodiversity week

IWT Waterford Branch: Bat walk for Biodiversity week

Location: Waterford Greenway.

Meeting point: Confirmed upon booking

Time & Date: May 22nd @ 20.30
Booking info: Booking is essential. To request a place please email waterfordbranch@iwt.ie to let us know and confirm the number of places required to book.
For any queries, please contact IWT Waterford Branch directly. 
May
25
Sat
2024
IWT People for Bees at the Bots
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
IWT People for Bees at the Bots

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust for an educational event where you will discover the world of Ireland’s wild bees. You will learn how to identify and submit sightings of commonly encountered Irish bees as well as how you can help by creating bee friendly habitat. This event will consist of a short talk followed by a walk around the garden when we hopefully spot lots of bees and practice our identification skills. 

This free event is part of National Biodiversity Week and is being run in collaboration between the Irish Wildlife Trust and the National Botanic Gardens.

 

Date: Sat 25th May

Time: 11:00 to 13:00. 

Meeting point: Visitors Centre, The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 

Price: Free of charge

Booking info: Link

 Contact: botanicscentre@opw.ie

May
26
Sun
2024
Curraghchase Forest Park Biodiversity Recording Event
May 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Curraghchase Forest Park Biodiversity Recording Event

The Limerick Branch of IWT (IWTLB) are hosting two events in Curraghchase Forest Park on Sunday 26th May 2024 from 11.30-13.00 in association with Kilcornan Tidy Towns. Dragonflies and Butterflies at the Lake; Woodland Plants in the Woods.

 

Date: 26.05.2024

Time: 11:30 – 13:00

Meeting point: Confirmed after booking

Price: Free

Booking info: To book on please email requesting a place on either “Dragonflies” or “Woodland Plants” to limerickevents@iwt.ie

Event Contact: limerickbranch@iwt.ie

Intro to Biodiversity Recording – IWT Monaghan Branch
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Intro to Biodiversity Recording - IWT Monaghan Branch

Date: 26th May

Time: 14:00 to 16:00

 

Description: Calling all nature enthusiasts and citizen scientists!

 

Are you interested in learning more about recording biodiversity and uploading records to the National Biodiversity Data Centre? Recording local species is vitally important for the management and conservation of wildlife and the more active citizen scientists we have, the more we can learn about our biodiversity.

 

This event will be an introduction to biological recording and will look at using the NBDC website and app to upload records. Kieran Flood will be our speaker, and the presentation / Q&A will be followed by a practical session – a walk through lovely Muckno Park where participants can put their recording skills to the test.

 

Monaghan is currently 28th in the County League of records, let’s see if we can make it to the top ten!

 

Meeting point: Confirmed upon booking

Booking info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/896140589627?aff=oddtdtcreator

Contact: monaghanbranch@iwt.ie

Price: Free

Jun
23
Sun
2024
Wildflower Walk on Bull Island | IWT Dublin Branch
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wildflower Walk on Bull Island | IWT Dublin Branch

Time & Date: 10am , 23rd June 2024

Location: Meet at the Interpretive Centre, next to the Causeway

Come along with Niall Mac Coitir of IWT Dublin Branch, to see some of the amazing variety of wildflowers on Bull Island at this time of year, including several species of orchid! The display rivals anything that can be seen in the Burren.

Meet at the Interpretative Centre, next to the Causeway at 10am. The event will last about two hours.

Wear sensible shoes and, this being Ireland, sunscreen AND rain gear.

Please be advised the terrain we’ll be covering is slightly rough so would not be suitable for buggies – and wear ‘sensible’ shoes!

Jul
6
Sat
2024
Bumblebee and Solitary Bee Outing | IWT Limerick Branch
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bumblebees & Solitary Bees with Liz Gabbett in Castleconnell.
After a successful inaugural outing last Sunday June 30th, IWT Limerick branch will run another bumblebee and solitary bee outing!
Date: Saturday 6th July 2024
Time: 11.00-13.00
Meet: Castle Oaks Hotel lower carpark (by the river) at 11.00
Booking is essential. Please book in with IWT Limerick Branch by Friday 5th July.
Contact to book:  limerickbranch@iwt.ie

If you’ve never done an outing like this, we recommend taking a look at Liz’s introductory course to learn about Irish bumblebees!

https://biodiversityireland.ie/identifying-irish-bumblebees/lesson.html

Jul
7
Sun
2024
Guided Tour of St. Stephen’s Green | IWT Dublin Branch July Outing
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Guided Tour of St. Stephen's Green | IWT Dublin Branch July Outing

St Stephen’s Green Park is a historical park and garden, located in the centre of Dublin city. Cared for by the Office of Public Works, the park is an important public resource in the area, and provides an oasis of green calm in the middle of a bustling city. Many species of birds and plants also call the park their home.

We’re getting a marvelous guided tour of the park on Sunday, July 7th , and led by a Green gardener, expert on all the biodiversity of the Green. Meet at the Fusiliers’ Arch (top of Grafton Street) at 11 am for an insight to a part of Dublin you may not recognise.

 

Time:  11am

Date: July 7th 2024

Meeting Point: Fusilier’s Arch (top of Grafton Street)

If you have questions about the event, please contact: DublinBranch@iwt.ie