What’s On This Weekend for Biodiversity Week

Published by Kate O'Brien on

May 25th, 2017

Biodiversity Week is coming to a close so don’t miss your last chance to celebrate Ireland’s diverse flora and fauna by taking part in some terrific events this weekend.

Biodiversity Week is a nationwide series of events taking place over ten consecutive days from 19th – 28th May 2017, and this weekend has lots in store! Why not meander along the Grand Canal path with the Irish Wildlife Trust, celebrate the great oak at Tomnafinnoge woods, or splash about courtesy of the great North Atlantic Ocean at Grattan Beach, Salthill. Take part in a seashore exploration and learn all that the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group know on their specialist subject.

Preparation and Appreciation of a Pollinator-friendly Urban Landscape
May 27 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm
Club House Hotel, Patrick’s Street
Kilkenny , Ireland

Join us for a two-part workshop on creating pollinator-friendly urban environments. Part one will be an indoor presentation on pollinators and their habitat requirements. Part two will take place outdoors on the grounds of Kilkenny Castle, and will involve carrying out field work on bumble bees and pollinator-friendly planting schemes including trees, shrubs, pond, meadow and garden.

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Grand Canal Biodiversity Walking Tour, Dublin: Walk, Explore, Enjoy
May 27 @ 10:30 am1:00 pm
McEvoys Pub, Hazelhatch
Co. Dublin, Ireland

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust for this event where we will be taking a gentle stroll up and down the Grand Canal path to see the wildlife around this time of year. This is a linear walk starting and finishing at McEvoys Pub (so maybe finish off with a warm drink if the pub is open).

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Celebrate Biodiversity Week in Tomnafinnoge Woods near Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
May 27 @ 10:30 am12:30 pm
Tomnafinnoge Woods, Tinahely
Wicklow, Ireland

Celebrate Biodiversity Week in Tomnafinnoge Woods near Tinahely, Wicklow, and meet the Bubbles of the River Derry. Join Sarah (Rubalcava Heritage Services) and Maeve (Maeve Dec-Art), to learn, discover and draw the local woodland biodiversity. Booking is essential & costs cover artists’ materials. For more info: Sarah @ 087-4199417 Meet 10.30 in Tomnafinnoge Woods carpark Suitable for Adults or family groups (children need to be accompanied by parent) Wear suitable outdoors clothing & shoes.

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Discover your local Marine Biodiversity @ Grattan Shore
May 27 @ 11:00 am3:30 pm
Grattan Shore, Salthill 
Galway, Ireland

Join us on Grattan Shore for a free public event to celebrate National Biodiversity Week and Marine Month at Galway Atlantaquaria. Take part in seashore exploration and whale and dolphin info sessions, which will run every half an hour between 11.20 am -3.30 pm on Saturday, 27th of May!

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‘Green Fingers’ Kids Workshop, Monkstown
May 27 @ 11:00 am2:00 pm
Belgrave Square, Monkstown
Co Dublin ,
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An action packed workshop for Green-Fingered kids taking place in Belgrave Square, Monkstown this Saturday 27th from 11am – 2pm! Free for all the family.

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WILD FOR NATURE! Biodiversity Week in Merlin Woods, Galway, May 22nd-May28th

May 27 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

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Merlin Park Woods, Merlin Park Lane
Galway , Ireland

Join Friends of Merlin Woods, Galway, for a WHOLE WEEK of free events to celebrate Biodiversity Week! Bird Song Workshops, Dawn Choruses, Bat Walks, Nature Walks and a whole Forest Field Day for all the family. Click ‘read more’ to see details of individual events.

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Biodiversity Trek at Lough Boora Parkland

May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Lough Boora Visitor’s Centre, Lough Boora Parklands
Co. Offaly, Ireland


Join the Irish Wildlife Trust for a guided walk to their nature reserve within the heart of the Lough Boora Parkland.

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Moone Abbey House Bat Walk, Co.Kildare
May 27 @ 9:30 pm11:00 pm
Moone Abbey House, Moone
Co. Kildare,

Join us for a bat walk around the grounds of Moone Abbey House. This is a private residence so places are limited.

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“Let’s Go On A Bug Hunt” @ Sonairte, Laytown, Co.Meath
May 28
Sonairte, Laytown
Co. Meath, Ireland

Come explore the world of creepy crawlies at Sonairte’s Bug Hunt! Event for children

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Coastal Biodiversity Walk at The Wicklow Murrough
May 28 @ 11:30 am2:00 pm
The Murrough, Wicklow Town
Co Wicklow

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust in exploring the coastal biodiversity of Broad Lough and the Murrough wetlands. Broad Lough is an intertidal Lough fed by the Vartry River and draining to sea at Wicklow Harbour. A walk along the shore will provide the visitor with views of a great variety of waterbirds and the chance to see Otters fishing and playing in the Lough.

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The living and the dead of Hook Head
May 28 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm
Hook Head Lighthouse, Churchtown
Hook Head, Co Wexford Ireland
Photographer Andrea Murcell

Discover the seaweeds, mollusks, rock pools and fossils of the rocky shores around Hook Head Lighthouse. Led by Karin Dubsky and Jim Hurley of Coastwatch

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Beenbawn Head Nature Walk
May 28 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm
Beenbawn beach, Dingle
Co Kerry ,

Bernard Goggin, a naturalist with a lifetime’s experience of nature, will lead a walk commencing at 2pm from Beenbawn carpark. The talk will provide an introduction to the attractive halophytic flora and marine zonation found in this area. The walk will take in a spectacular canyon like passage to a beach created over centuries by farmers collecting sand and seaweed. Oceanic seabirds, such as Fulmars, Gannets, and Black Guillemots, and also cliff nesting landbirds, including Choughs and Rock Doves, will…

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Kate O'Brien

Kate is a freelance writer with work published in The Guardian, the Financial Times and the New York Times blog. She is a former Editor of The Plant, a UK magazine on plants and other greenery