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Get out into nature for Biodiversity Week 2017

Biodiversity Week running from Saturday 20th May to Sunday 28th May 2017, is a great opportunity for people to get out and find out more about nature and wildlife in Kildare. Nearly 30 free events, covering all aspects of Kildare’s natural heritage, have been organised across the county by local wildlife groups, libraries and tidy towns groups.  The week kicks off with a craft workshop in Newbridge Library entitled 'Plastic Cities Seen by Birds'.  

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

The Kildare Bat Group have organised a walks in Monasterevin and Moone. Kildare BirdWatch will be leading dusk chorus events in Rathangan, Maynooth, Kilcullen and Monasterevin.  Maynooth University will host a day long Biodiversity Day on Friday 26th May on the theme of the ‘All Ireland Pollinator’.  Kilcullen Community Action/Tidy Towns will host an afternoon examining Life in the Liffey with Dr. Jan Baars from UCD. This will be a ‘hands on’, interactive presentation, examining the fish and invertebrates that live beneath the water in The Liffey in Kilcullen.  The Irish Peatland Conservation Council invite the public to discover the wildlife of County Kildare’s bogs at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore on Sunday 21st where there will be family fun activities including pond dipping, insect eating plants and frogs and newt searches

There are a number of events organised by the Library Service for schools throughout the county such as Wildways Adventures Workshops and Rocks and Fossils and a presentation by Éanna Ní Lamhna on common Irish mammals, birds and insects.

Kildare Biodiversity Week has been organised to develop awareness of the importance of biodiversity and to better understand its value to local, national and international communities.  Bridget Loughlin, 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’s wild spots, lakes, rivers, bogs, woodlands or to simply enjoy the biodiversity of their back garden.

 

Ends                                                                                                              15 May 2017

 

For further details contact:

Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer at heritageofficer@kildarecoco.ie or 045 980791

 

List of Events – Kildare Biodiversity Week 2017 (Sat 20th to Sun 28th May 2017)

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. Please note all school events are fully booked. For details of events go to the Kildare County http://kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/PressReleasesAdverts/

 

Week Long Event           ReCreate workshop                                                  Naas

 

During Biodiversity Week 2017, ReCreate will be setting up shop in Naas Library. Using their vast array of unusual and diverse reuse materials, a ReCreate artist will be on hand to assist with all sorts of creations. Come make a rare bird or a red squirrel, or perhaps, help us create a wonderful landscape for all to live in.

This event is fully booked.


Friday 19th                       Bat Walk                                                            Monasterevin

Time: 9.30pm (Free Event)

Come along to Monasterevin and learn about bats with Kildare Bat Group and Monasterevin Tidy Towns.  Meet in the garden opposite Mooney's Pub, Monasterevin.  All welcome.  Weather dependent, wear walking shoes and please do not bring a dog. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Sat 20th          'Plastic Cities Seen By Birds' Workshop                     Newbridge

Time:   10.30- 12.00pm (Free Event. Booking is required)

Come along to Newbridge Library and take part in a craft workshop that will use recyclables, with the introduction of natural material.  Plans of cities and towns seen from Google Earth, from above, will be recreated on the contact paper with use of recycled materials: beads, transparent, colourful gels, wool, etc. The participants will learn about where the materials come from and creative reuse.

Event can be booked by contacting Newbridge Library Ph; 045 448353 or email newbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie


Sat 20th                         An afternoon Examining Life in the Liffey                   Kilcullen

Time:   2.30pm (Free Event)

Kilcullen Community Action/Tidy Towns will host an afternoon examining Life in the Liffey with Dr. Jan Baars from UCD. Meet at the riverbank at rear of An Tearmann Coffee Shop beside the bridge in Kilcullen.  This will be a ‘hands on’, interactive presentation, examining the fish and invertebrates that live beneath the water in The Liffey in Kilcullen.


Sun 21st                     Kildare’s Wild bogs                                               Lullymore

Time:  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Free Event)

Visit the Bog of Allen Nature Centre and discover the wildlife of County Kildare’s bogs. Family fun activities at the centre include pond dipping, insect eating plants and frogs and newt searches. A walk to Lodge bog South West is also included at 11.30am to explore some of the restoration activities on the site and listen for the Curlew.  No booking required.


Mon 22nd May           Dusk Chorus Walk                                                 Rathangan

Time:   6.45pm (Free Event)

Kildare BirdWatch in conjunction with Rathangan Tidy Towns will host a presentation on local birds in the RYARC Community Centre, Rathangan. Talk starts at 6.45pm followed by a dusk walk from the community centre at 7.30pm.


Tues 23rd May          Celbridge Heritage Tree Trail                             Celbridge

Time: 10.30-11.30am.  (Free Event)

Celbridge Library will host an hour long walking exploration of the Tree Trail with local guides.  Meet and learn basic tree identification skills and investigate life in the natural environment.  Also, learn about 'Leave No Trace' - an outdoor ethics education programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.  This event will be hosted by Share Ring Skills Heritage Tree Trail Group. (Bring a rain-jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes.)

Contact Celbridge Library for more information ph. 01-6272207 e-mail celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie


Tues 23rd May          Dusk Chorus Walk                                                             Kilcullen

Time 6.45pm  (Free Event)

Kilcullen Tidy Towns in conjunction with Kildare BirdWatch will host a presentation on the birds of the area including their song/call, followed by a Dusk Chorus walk in the locality. Meeting place: Town Hall, Kilcullen and Heritage Centre. The talk will be presented by Neil Bourke and Tom McCormack, Chairman of BirdWatch Kildare. Talk starts at 6.45pm followed by a dusk walk in Riverside Valley Park to the south of the Bridge and Camphill River Walk to the north of the Bridge at 7.30pm


Wed 24th                  Discover Kildare’s Butterflies                             Lullymore

Time:  11am  (Free Event.  No booking required)

Supported by the Irish Environmental Network, join the Irish Peatland Conservation Council for a walk and butterfly identification workshop on Lullymore West Bog. Meet at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre at 11am.


Wed 24th                                Grand Canal Walk                                                  Sallins

Time:  7.30pm (Free Event. No booking required)

IPCC in association with Sallins Tidy Towns and Waterways Ireland walk and talk entitled Biodiversity of the Grand Canal.  Meet at Sallins Canal Bridge 7.30pm.


Wed 24th                    Dusk Chorus Walk in Castletown                      Celbridge

Time:   6.45pm (Free Event)

Kildare BirdWatch in conjunction with Castletown, Celbridge will host a presentation on local birds in the Hunting Room, Castletown House. Talk starts at 6.45pm followed by a walk around the grounds of Castletown House to hear the Dusk Chorus.


Wed 24th                                Urban Biodiversity                                     Kildare Town

Time:  7.30pm  (Free Event.  No booking required)

Join Mary O’Connor and Kildare Tidy Towns to learn about the urban biodiversity of Kildare Town such as the new swift boxes.  Meet at Kildare Town Heritage Centre.


Thurs 25th                 Dusk Chorus Walk                                                 Maynooth

Time:   6.45pm. (Free Event)

Maynooth Library in conjunction with Kildare BirdWatch will host a presentation on the birds of the area including their song/call, followed by a Dusk Chorus walk in the locality. The talk will be presented by Tom Mc Cormack and Gerry Condron from Kildare branch of BirdWatch Ireland.

Contact Maynooth Library: 01-6285530 e-mail maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie


Thurs 25th May        GYO (Grow Your Own)  Workshop for Children         Naas

Time : 4pm  (Booking required)

Come along and learn about growing your own and seeding. Plant a pot with a flower, cress etc and bring it home to grow. Suitable for 6 – 12 year olds.

Booking: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie at 045-879111.


Thurs 25th May        BATLAS 2020 Training                                         Newbridge

                                    Bat Conservation Ireland

Time 8.30pm  (Free Event.  Booking required)

Bat Conservation Ireland will be providing training on BATLAS 2020 survey methods in Newbridge Library at 8.30pm Please note that the BATLAS survey is best suited to volunteers with bat survey experience and a bat detector.

Book by emailing info@batconservationireland.org


Fri 26th May                           All Ireland Pollinator Plan Maynooth University

Fri 26th May                           'Atlantic' Film Screening                          Kildare

Time 6.30pm  (Free Event)

Kildare Town Library will host a special screening of the Irish documentary “Atlantic” via Access Cinema.  The film follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland, Canada. Directed by Risteard O Domhnaill and narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Brendan Gleeson, it highlights the struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges.

A pre-film talk will be led by Monica de Bath, whose on-going project, PLOT/CEAPACH operates within sites of ecological tension and frames a series of actions and discursive events at contested sites such as the Bog of Allen and the Atlantic Blanket Bog.

Contact Kildare Library for more information;

Ph. 045-520235 e-mail kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie


Fri 26th May             Dusk Chorus Walk                                                 Monasterevin

Time 7.30pm  (Free Event)

Monasterevin Tidy Towns in conjunction with Kildare BirdWatch will host a Dusk Chorus walk in the locality. Meet in the Car Park, Moore Abbey Woods, Athy/Kildangan Road at 7.30pm.


Sat 27th May            ReCreate Childrens Workshop                          Naas Library

Time:   10am - 11.30am  (Free Event.  Booking Required) Age range : 5 - 12 years

During Biodiversity Week 2017, ReCreate will be setting up shop in Naas Library. Using their vast array of unusual and diverse reuse materials, a ReCreate artist will be on hand to assist with all sorts of creations. Come make a rare bird or a red squirrel, or perhaps, help us create a wonderful landscape for all to live in.

Booking: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie at 045-879111.


Sat 27th May             Family Walk with Irish Wildlife Trust                 Naas Library

Time : 11.45am - 12.45pm  (No booking Required)

Open Family Walk with facilitator from the Irish Wildlife Trust.  Meet at Naas Library for introduction and walk along the canal identifying and learning about plant, water and wildlife.   A display of library books relating to biodiversity will also be on display in the library.


Sat 27th May             ‘Raven Haven’ at Castletown House                Celbridge

Time 2 pm (Free Event)

The OPW at Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare are hosting 'Raven Haven', Birds of Prey at The Stable Wing and Courtyard. This is a wonderful opportunity to see and meet some of our native Irish Birds of Prey as we celebrate Biodiversity Week with our friends from 'Raven Haven'.  Please note: Due to the nature of this event, dogs will not be allowed access to this area.
Vehicle access: Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West or on Main Street Historic Celbridge and a 10-15 minute walk through the parklands. www.castletown.ie


Sat 27th May             Wild About Clane - Nature walk by the Liffey             Clane

Time – 3 pm (Free Event)

All are invited to enjoy a nature walk by the Liffey in Clane where some of the local flora and fauna will be introduced by local guides. Meet in the car park of Abbeylands Shopping Centre, by the Westgrove Hotel.


Sat 27th May             Farm Walk-Derrybeg Community Farm           Celbridge

Time 3.00- 4.30pm  (Free Event)

Derrybeg Community Supported Farm, Mooretown, Celbridge (next door to Community School) will host a farm walk and talk. Come and meet our farmer Nathan Jackson, steering group member Jay Stuart, as well as other members of the farm community and learn how we support biodiversity, while supplying seasonal food for 30 member households and creating a farm community. All ages welcome. Wear wellingtons or boots, especially if the weather has been wet. Car parking outside the community school or on the other side of the road.  Bus route 67; get off at 'Salesian College'.


Sat 27th May                        Bat Walk                                                                   Moone

Time 9.30pm  (Free Event.  Booking required.)

Jennifer and Karl Matushka of Abbey Moone House and Kildare Bat Group will host a bat walk. Places are limited so booking is required by emailing kildarebatgroup@gmail.com.  Meeting at Abbey Moone House. Weather dependent, wear walking shoes and please do not bring dogs.

 

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