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Kildare Biodiversity Week 2016



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Go Wild in Kildare - Biodiversity Week 2016


Kildare Biodiversity Week starts on Sat 21st May with a bogland adventure walk to Lodge bog South West lead by Nuala Madigan from IPCC. Biodiversity Week, Sat 21st May to Sun 29th May 2016, is a great opportunity for people to get out and find out more about nature and Wildlife in Kildare.


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.


Walks and talks covering all aspect of Kildare’s natural Heritage have been organised by wildlife groups in Kildare. Writer and documentary maker, Manchán Magan, outlines steps towards transforming Kildare and its environs into a thriving, socially-inclusive sustainable haven in Solas Bhride on Wed 25th. The Kildare Bat group have organised walks in broadford and Maynooth. Kildare BirdWatch will be leading dusk chorus events in Athy and Maynooth. There are a number of woodland walks in Mullaghcreelan Wood- Castledermot, Kilinthomas- Rathangan and Kildoon near Nurney. Maynooth University, in co-operation with Maynooth Tidy Towns will host a day long Biodiversity Day on Wed 25th.


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.  The people of Kildare are invited 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 All events are free but some may need to be booked. For details of events go to the Kildare County Council website



For Details further details contact:

Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer at





Listing of events:

Sat  21st                                Explore and Discover Bogland Biodiversity

Join in a bogland adventure walk to Lodge bog South West and discover some of the fascinating biodiversity of Kildare’s bogs including insect eating plants, frogs and lizards.  Walk departs the Bog of Allen Nature Centre at 9.30am.  Strong footwear recommended.  


Sun 22nd                               Bat Walk and Talk - Broadford

Kildare Bat Group will host a Bat Walk and Talk in Broadford at 9.30pm . Meeting at Broadford



Sun 22nd                               Woodland Walk in Mullaghcreelan Wood

Join Dr. Mary O’Connor on a guided walk through the wonderful Mullaghcreelan Wood. Meet in Mullaghcreelan Wood car park at 2.30pm.


Mon 23rd                              Dusk Chorus- Athy

Kildare BirdWatch in conjunction with Athy Tidy Towns will host a dusk chorus event to celebrate the installation of the new swift tower in Athy. Meeting at Edmund Rice Square car park at 7.30pm. Dress suitably.


Tue 24th                                Biodiversity of Cutaway Peatlands - Lullymore

Dr. Mark McCorry, Ecologist will lead a bog walk hosted by Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park and Bord na Mona which will look at some aspects of biodiversity on cutaway peatlands. The guided walk will look at the newly developed cutaway area in the Discovery Park and the adjacent rehabilitating Bord na Mona cutaway.  The walk will be approximately 3 km and last 1.5 hours.  The bog should be relatively dry underfoot at this time of year but it can depend on conditions.  Meet at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park at 6.30pm.


Tues 24th                              Walk through Kildoon Wood and Bog

Meet with John Miller and the Kildoon Community at Kildoon Wood, near Nurney at 7.30pm


Wed 25th                             Going wild in Maynooth University- Maynooth

Maynooth University in conjunction with Maynooth Tidy Towns will host a Biodiversity day. Presentations will take place at Seminar Room B (Library Ground Floor).


10 am

Tea/Coffee Introduction/Meet and Greet 


Dr. Joe Larragy - The MU Green Campus Initiative

10.30 11.10

Dr. Jane Stout (TCD) - Natural Capital, Biodiversity and the All Ireland Pollination Plan (AIPP)


Dr. Conor Meade (MU) Biodiversity - A Midlands Perspective


Mary Jennings, Maynooth Tidy Towns - Our local initiatives


Bridget Loughlin, Kildare County Council- Biodiversity across Kildare




Walk and Talk Campus Tour emphasising Biodiversity measures (Stephen Seaman – Grounds Services MU)


Bee Walk and Talk - Bee Catching and Identification on the "fly" (Dr. Jim Carolan)

Places are limited for the event and therefore must be booked in advance. Email James at                                                


Wed 25th                             Canal Walk Milltown to Pollardstown - Milltown

IPCC in association with Milltown Tidy Towns and Waterways Ireland walk and talk entitled ‘Pollardstown Fen Feeding the Grand Canal with Water Since 1780’. The walk and talk will explore the diversity of biodiversity along the Grand Canal.  Meet at Milltown National School at 7.30pm


Wed 25th                      Kildare: a thriving Green future? – Presentation by

                                    Manchán Magan

Writer and documentary maker, Manchán Magan, outlines steps towards transforming Kildare and its environs into a thriving, socially-inclusive sustainable haven. This 1-hour talk outlines alternative proposals and fresh perspectives that have the potential of leading to creative, fulfilling and sustainable lives in this area. Innovative solutions to farming, tourism, education, social interaction and energy production will be explored.  Solas Bhríde Centre and Hermitages, Tully Road, Kildare Town – 8.00pm


Thurs 25th                           Dusk Chorus – Maynooth

Kildare BirdWatch will host a Dusk Chorus led by Tom McCormack of Kildare BirdWatch, in association with Maynooth Tidy Towns.  Meet Harbour Area at 7.30pm


Thur 26th                              Birds and Bats - Maynooth

Kildare Bat Group will host a walk and talk on the bats of Maynooth, in association with Maynooth Tidy Towns.  Meeting at 9.30pm opposite the Avenue Café.



Thurs 27th                            Geo-diversity of County Kildare

Matthew Parkes from the Natural History Museum will give a presentation on Kildare’s geological past at 8pm in the Town Hall Naas.


Fri 27th                                  Event for Children with Dr. Mary O’Connor

Dr. Mary O’Connor, Ecologist will provide an afternoon  of fun  biodiversity games and activities at The Hive, Old Post Office, Dublin Road, Kildare 3.00 – 5.00pm see how you can help protect our environment, test your animal knowledge, hunt for bugs and make a bug hotel, in association with Kildare Town Tidy Towns.

Suitable for ages 7 – 12 yrs.


Places are limited for the event and therefore must be booked in advance. Call: Celine O’Neill on 045 980239 or email to book.


Fri 27th                                                   Biodiversity Bus

Hop on the biodiversity bus at Solas Bhríde Centre and Hermitages - Kildare at 6.30pm and visit internationally significant natural heritage sites of the Curragh and Pollardstown Fen. Dr. Mary O’Connor, ecologist and Nuala Madigan, IPCC will explore the flora and fauna of these interesting sites, in association with Kildare Town Tidy Towns.


Places are limited for the event and therefore must be booked in advance. Call: Celine O’Neill on 045 980239 or email to book


Sat 28th                 Learn about Dormice - Naas

Peter Behan and Marion Nolan members of Kildare Dormouse Group will chat with the group about this elusive species in Naas at 11.00am. Meeting at the Harbour.


Sat 28th                 The Birds of Ballynafagh- Prosperous

Kildare BirdWatch with Tir na Mona Community Group will host a walk and talk on the birds of Ballynafagh Lake. Talk begins at 10.30am in The Old School Hall Staplestown (beside Chapel), followed by a walk at Ballynafagh Lake.


Sat 28th                                                  Wild About Clane visits Nancy's Lane!

Clane Tidy Towns and experts from local wildlife groups will introduce some of the rich biodiversity - wildflowers, trees, birds, insects and mammals - in and around Clane.

Meet 3.00pm on Saturday 28th at Nancy's Lane - the College Wood Manor entrance (just after the Clane Rugby and Soccer pitches). All welcome.

Contact email:


Sat 28th / Sun 29th            Butterfly Nature Reserve - Lullymore

Butterfly Conservation Ireland are hosting a  Butterfly Walk on either Saturday or Sunday (weather dependent) at Lullybeg Reserve, please consult our website or to check which day it will take place and also directions to the reserve.


Sun 29th                                Woodland walk in Killinthomas Wood- Rathangan

Join George Hipwell, retired Forester and Dr. Mary O’Connor on a guided walk through the wonderful Killinthomas Wood hosted by Rathangan Tidy Towns. Meet inKillinthomas Wood camp car park at 2.30pm.



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