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Kildare Biodiversity Week 16th - 24th May 2020

Kildare Biodiversity Week 16th - 24th May 2020 was to be celebrated this week with many public events around the county.  Unfortunately, they cannot be held this year, due to current restrictions so we have moved it online. #LoveNature

However, spending time in nature has been a significant part of peoples' daily lives in the past few weeks.  We have been spending more time in our gardens and with the 2-5km walks, we have been getting to know and appreciate the nature that is on our doorsteps and close to home, which can only be a good thing.

The word 'biodiversity' is coined from biological diversity, which, put simply is another way of referring to the variety of life on the planet. Biodiversity 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.

Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.

This year, with the support of the Library Service and KFM, Biodiversity Week is going online. We are actively encouraging people to get involved with biodiversity.

Kildare library Service through their STEM programme:- Biodiversity Week Online Workshops

Introduction to Common Irish Garden Birds with Patrick Hunt

This talk will introduce pupils from 3rd to 6th class to common Irish garden birds – what they look like, eat and how they survive in our gardens. It looks at ways to encourage them into your school and home garden through planting and feeding stations.

Online via Zoom on Wed 20th May at 9:30am (with follow-up Q&A at 10:20am) and 12:30pm (with follow-up Q&A at 1:20pm) Bookings through kildarelibrarybookings@gmail.com

Biodiversity and the Climate with Nikita Coulter

Environmental scientist Nikita Coulter presents this series of short videos for pupils from 3rd to 6th class which will take them gently through the two most topical issues of the present day – Biodiversity and the Climate. The videos will include discussions on what these two issues are, how they are connected and what we can do to protect them. They will also feature short workshops on how to make seed pots from old toilet roll tubes and a weathervane from other household items.

Showing at 11am every weekday morning during Biodiversity Week (Mon 18th to Fri 22nd May) on the Kildare County Library Service Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KildareCountyLibraryService/) with a follow-up video answering questions and comments on Fri 29th May at 11am.

KFM radio

During the week KFM will be interviewing member of Biodiversity Groups active in Kildare. This will be an opportunity for people to hear about the groups, what they do and how you can get involved with them.

  • Wild Kildare
  • Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC)

Paddy Sheridan

Wild Kildare activities in county Kildare

Nuala Madigan, Environmental Education Officer with Irish Peatland Conservation Council

All things bogs and the work of IPCC

  • Kildare Bat Group
  • Kilcullen Pollinator Group

Anna Collins

Kildare bat group and all things bats. She may also have a recording of a bat from the bat detector

Paul Leighton

Community activities that they are undertaking in the town ref creating habitats and biodiversity awareness events.

  • Kildare Bird Watch Ireland Group
  • Kildare Forest Schools

Neil Bourke

Birds, with some emphasis on surveys, garden birds, nest box projects, Curlew on Kildare bog, and how beneficial birding can be to an individual

Lucy Bell

Forest Schools and the Wildlife Garden in the John Sullivan centre in Clane

Mini documentaries: Kildare’s Wild Places: Where The Wild Things Are”,  

Kildare’s Wild Places: Where the Wild Things Are”,  by Crossing the Line Film’s, produced and presented by Juanita Browne each day on Kildare Focus at 2.20pm

  • The Curragh with Ecologist Mary O’Connor
  • Pollardstown Fen with Michael Jacob
  • Donadea Forest Park: Native Woodland Trust, Jim Lawlor.
  • Kildare’s Birds: with Paddy Sheridan.
  • Bats: with Anna Collins & Kildare Bat Group.
  • Ballynafagh Bog: Conserving our Bogs with Dr Catherine O’Connell, Irish Peatland Conservation Council

20th May World Bee Day

Pollinators .ie  will host a series of online events to celebrate World Bee day.

https://pollinators.ie/world-bee-day-2020/

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 Photo's courtesy of Eddie Dunne. 

 

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