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Get out into nature for Biodiversity Week 2019

 Cherish the natural world because you are part of it and you depend on it.

David Attenborough

 Kildare Biodiversity Week starts on Sat 18th May  very early with a “Moth Morning” in Burtown House at 8am hosted by Wild Kildare. Biodiversity Week, Sat 18th May  to Sun 26th May 2019, is a great opportunity for people to get out and find out more about nature and wildlife in Kildare. Over 20 free events, covering all aspect of Kildare’s natural Heritage, have been organised by across Kildare by local wildlife groups, libraries and Tidy Towns groups.

The word 'biodiversity' is coined from biological diversity, is about the variety of plant and animal species and the interaction between them. It is this interaction that is essential for life, giving us all the things we need - clean air, water, agriculture, food and amenity.

Wild Kildare are running a series of events across the county with the support of various Tidy Towns groups. Events such as “The Wildflowers of a disused Sand Pit” and the Wildlife Walk in Kildoon Wood which is taking place on Sunday 19th at 2pm (and not the advertised time of 4pm), Kilcullen Community Action/Tidy Towns will host an afternoon showcasing their Pollinator and Beehive Project There are a number of bat related events happening during the week with Kildare Bat Group. The Irish Peatland Conservation Council will be exploring Lullymore West bog- a butterfly haven in County Kildare.

Through the STEAM programme Kildare Library Service are providing a number of wildlife focused events for the schools throughout the county including Nessa Darcy a creative entomologist who will explore Excellent Exoskeletons: All About Insects’ Bodies.

Kildare Biodiversity Week has been organised to develop awareness of the importance of biodiversity and to better understand its value to the local, national and international communities.  Bridget Loughlin, the County Kildare Heritage Officer and coordinator of the weeklong programme of events, encourages the people of Kildare to get out into Kildare’s Biodiversity, to visit Kildare wild spots, lakes, rivers, bogs, woodlands or to simply enjoy the biodiversity of their back garden.

This listing of events has been compiled by Kildare County Council through the Heritage Office. Event guides are available in all libraries, Heritage Centres and at KCC offices.  All events are free but some may need to be booked. Please note all school events are fully booked. Children are welcome but should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please dress suitably for the weather.  Dogs must be on leads. For details of events go to the Kildare County Council website www.kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/Heritage/Biodiversity/

 

Ends                                                                                                  08 May 2019

Bio week 2019

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