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Kildare Biodiversity Week Is Starting On Saturday

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Find out here what events are taking place in your area.

Kildare Biodiversity Week 2022 will take place from Saturday 14th May to Sunday 22nd May beginning with a Dawn Chorus at Castletown House and Parklands.

The week will start with Kildare BirdWatch Ireland and a day of action on Lullymore West Bog @ Bog of Allen Nature Centre on Saturday 14th May.

Biodiversity Week is a great opportunity for people to get out and find out more about nature and Wildlife in Kildare.

Walks and talks covering all aspect of Kildare’s natural Heritage have been organised by wildlife groups across Kildare.

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.

Details of events are listed below:

Saturday 14th May

Dawn Chorus Castletown House and Parklands @ 4.30am

Join Kildare Birdwatch in Castletown on 14th May at 04.30h to engage in this year’s Kildare Dawn Chorus event. Meeting point Car Park (Exist 6 off M4).

A Day of Action on Lullymore West Bog @ Bog of Allen Nature Centre @11am

Join the Irish Peatland Conservation Council this Biodiversity Week at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre for a walk, talk and day of action on Lullymore West bog, a butterfly nature reserve in Co. Kildare.

This is a FREE family friendly event, and we encourage members of the public interested in peatland and wildlife conservation and management to come along too. All are welcome. The Bog of Allen Nature Centre will also be open for guided tours of the museum and wildlife gardens. For more information, contact us at bogs@ipcc.ie.

Register here.

Bat walk and Talk Kilcock @ 9.30pm

Join Kildare Bat Group at Kilcock, for a batty fun-filled evening! The walk will begin at 9.30pm and using bat detectors you can listen in on their ultrasonic calls and watch these elusive creatures in flight.  You will also learn about Irish bat species and their life cycle as the walk progresses.

Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch.

Children under 18 are very welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No prams or bikes please, as they are not suitable for the terrain. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at this event.

Events are weather dependent.  If there is heavy rain on the night, the walk will be cancelled, but an alternate night will be chosen and those who booked a place for the walk will be notified. Places are limited, so please book early.

Booking: kildarebatgroup@gmail.com. This event is free and open to all.

Monday 16th May

Solitary Red Mason Bees at Castletown House and Parklands @ 10.30am

Talk on Solitary Red Mason Bees by Head Gardner Rory Finnegan in the West Courtyard at 10.30am

Parklands of Castletown House and Parklands @ 10.30am

Biodiversity Video Presentation of the Parklands of Castletown in House Keepers Room from 11 -2

Walk on the Wild in Castletown House and Parklands @12pm

Walk on the Wild Side a one hour walk of Castletown Parklands with the focus on the wildlife, biodiversity including a rare glimpse inside Castletown Icehouse and a talk on our cave spiders.

Biodiversity of Rathangan @7pm

Hosted by Rathangan Tidy Towns, Nuala Madigan from IPCC will give a walk and talk on biodiversity on Monday 16th May at 7pm in Tannery Park, Rathangan (53.2196600, -6.9949584). The focus will be on the river and riparian biodiversity, but we'll also compare with the canal's as both as so close.

Parking available at the secondary school.

Hosted by Rathangan Tidy Towns.

Contact Vanessa at 0879258226.

Bat walk and Talk Naas Harbour @ 9.30pm

Join Kildare Bat Group at Naas Harbour, for a batty fun-filled evening! The walk will begin at 9.30pm and using bat detectors you can listen in on their ultrasonic calls and watch these elusive creatures in flight.  You will also learn about Irish bat species and their life cycle as the walk progresses. Please book a spot by emailing kildarebatgroup@gmail.com 

Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch.

Children under 18 are very welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No prams or bikes please, as they are not suitable for the terrain. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at this event.

Places are limited, so please book early.

Booking: kildarebatgroup@gmail.com

Tuesday 17th May

Solitary Red Mason Bees at Castletown House and Parklands @ 10.30am

Talk on Solitary Red Mason Bees by Head Gardner Rory Finnegan in the West Courtyard at 10.30am.

Parklands of Castletown House and Parklands @ 10.30am

Biodiversity Video Presentation of the Parklands of Castletown in House Keepers Room from 11 -2pm.

Louisa’s Landscape @3pm

Follow in the footsteps of Lady Louisa and see how she designed the parklands. This includes a visit to the Castletown Icehouse which is very rarely open to the public 3pm.


Birds of Castletown with Kildare Birdwatch @4pm

Talk on the birds of Castletown by Tom Mc Cormack, Kildare Birdwatch meeting at the front of house.

Wednesday 18th May

Heart Art MAGIC through nature and wildlife @ 10.30am

In this workshop Marian will guide participants to express their feelings and reactions to local nature and wildlife. Booking in advance essential. Please email marianegan8@gmail.com

Solitary Red Mason Bees at Castletown House and Parklands @ 10.30am

Talk on Solitary Red Mason Bees by Head Gardner Rory Finnegan in the West Courtyard at 10.30am.

Parklands of Castletown House and Parklands @ 10.30am

Biodiversity Video Presentation of the Parklands of Castletown in House Keepers Room from 11 -2.

Walk on the Wild in Castletown House and Parklands @12pm

Walk on the Wild Side a one hour walk of Castletown Parklands with the focus on the wildlife, biodiversity including a rare glimpse inside Castletown Icehouse and a talk on our cave spiders.

Dusk Chorus NUIM Maynooth @ 7.30pm

Join Kildare Birdwatch and Maynooth Green Campus in NUIM Maynooth on Wednesday 18th May at 7.30 pm to engage in this year’s Kildare Dusk Chorus event. Meeting point Car Park NUIM.

Thursday 19th May

Solitary Red Mason Bees at Castletown House and Parklands @ 10.30am.

Talk on Solitary Red Mason Bees by Head Gardner Rory Finnegan in the West Courtyard at 10.30am.

Parklands of Castletown House and Parklands @ 10.30am.

Biodiversity Video Presentation of the Parklands of Castletown in House Keepers Room from 11 -2.

Louisa’s Landscape @3pm

Follow in the footsteps of Lady Louisa and see how she designed the parklands. This includes a visit to the Castletown Icehouse which is very rarely open to the public 3pm.

Biodiversity in the IWA Clane Resource Centre- @ 11.30am -1.00PM

Ballinagappa Road, Clane, Kildare

Come and visit the IWA resource Centre Wildlife Garden And enjoy a tour of Gardens & discussion on why biodiversity is important for birds. Learn how to make bird feeder balls and learn some native bird’s identification (Booklet from Birdwatch Ireland).

Evening bird walk with BirdWatch Kildare- @ 18.50

Join Birdwatch Ireland Kildare Branch, affiliated to Birdwatch Ireland, for an evening walk along the canal to learn about the birds of Sallins. Meet at Canal boat services area in Sallins.

Bat walk and talk at in Rathcoffey @ 9.30pm

Join Kildare Bat Group at Sallins Pier, for a batty fun-filled evening! The walk will begin at 9.30pm and using bat detectors you can listen in on their ultrasonic calls and watch these elusive creatures in flight.  You will also learn about Irish bat species and their life cycle as the walk progresses. Please book a spot by emailing kildarebatgroup@gmail.com 

Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch.

Children under 18 are very welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No prams or bikes please, as they are not suitable for the terrain. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at this event.

Events are weather dependent.  If there is heavy rain on the night, the walk will be cancelled, but an alternate night will be chosen and those who booked a place for the walk will be notified. Places are limited, so please book early.

Booking: kildarebatgroup@gmail.com. This event is free and open to all.

Saturday 21st May

Pre-“Bat walk” activity for families with Sallins Tidy Towns @8.30pm

A child-centred event to learn about bats for families who have booked a place on the Bat Walk.

Booking: sallinsbiodiversitygroup@gmail.com. This event is free and open to all.

Ecologists and wildlife experts from the Irish Wildlife Trust, Irish Peatland Conservation Council, and Native Woodland Trust will be on hand to ID your finds.

Simply share your photo on Twitter or Instagram with #BackyardBioblitz, and tag the Irish Environmental Network on Twitter @IrishEnvNet or Instagram @national.biodiversity.week.

Further details of all events can be found here.

 

 

 

 

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