Conservation Events: February 2017

The 2017 National Sustainability Summit

When: Tuesday, January 31st 2017

Where: CityWest Hotel, Dublin.

Time: 9am – 5pm (Registration opens from 8am)

Event Information: Over 120 guest speakers will partake in this years summit with exhibitors such as the Portobello Institute and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership present. The main focus will be on areas of water management, recycling, waste reduction, energy, sustainable food and much more.

Website: http://www.sustainabilitysummit.ie/agenda/

Anyone interested in this summit can register on the website listed above.

‘Hop To It’ – IPPC’s National Frog Survey 2017

When: Thursday, February 2nd 2017

Where: Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Co. Kildare.

Time: 10am – 4pm

Event Information: Every year the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPPC) call on the public for a helping hand in order to count their frog populations in Ireland as part of their annual frog surveys. This year, the event will take place on ‘World Wetlands Day‘. There will be so many things for everyone to do including lots of fun-filled family activities such as frog searching and pond-dipping. There is also a museum and garden trail where people of all ages can learn about the importance of peatlands for the Irish environment.

There is a downloadable form for the survey available on the IPPC website to help you begin your prepping for the day!

Website: http://www.ipcc.ie/help-ipcc/hop-to-it-national-frog-survey-irelandcard/

Site Restoration at Jonesborough Forest: Volunteering Event

When: Saturday, February 4th 2017

Where: The Pastoral Centre, Jonesborough Forest, Newry.

Time: 11am – 3pm

Event Information: This event is novice-friendly as the conservationists are looking for the public to volunteer their Saturday afternoon to help out with restoring vegetation that has been destroyed during the winter months in the Jonesborough Forest. This is to allow for better access for public use and safer recreational activities over the next few months!

Website: https://www.ringofgullion.org/events/9153/

Birdwatch Ireland – Cavan Branch 

Where: Outing to shores of Lough Sheelin

When: Sunday, February 5th 2017

Time: 10am

Event Information: Meet at Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent at 10am

Contact: Ashley Wynne (secretary) on 087-7735487

Emailcavanbirdwatching@gmail.com

Website: www.cavanbranch.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Cavan-birdwatching-874499295948359/?fref=ts

If you wish to be added to our mailing list, contact cavanbirdwatching@gmail.com.

Birdwatch Ireland – Louth Branch 

When: Monday, February 6th 2017

Where: The Spirit Store, Dundalk

Time: 8pm

Event Information:  Birds of Tory Island, by Peter Philips.

Contact: Breffni Martin on 042 9376740  or 087-914 5363

Email: bmartin@regintel.com

Branch Website: www.birdslouth.blogspot.com

For information on events, e-mail Breffni Martin or visit www.birdslouth.blogspot.com.

All indoor talks take place in the Spirit Store, Dundalk Docks (www.spiritstore.ie), and start at 8:00pm.

Dublin Green Drinks – Common Sense and the Common Fisheries Policy

When: Tuesday, February 7th 2017

Where: Top floor of J.W. Sweetman at no. 2 Burgh Quay, Dublin City.

Time: 18:30pm – Talk begins at 19:00pm

Event Information: This event takes place on the first Tuesday of every month and is completely free for the public. This month the first Tuesday is the 7th February. The event will involve a discussion presented by Edward Fahey on the topic of the EU Fisheries Policy and how it is relevant for our Marine biodiversity in Ireland. The event is hosted by the Irish Wildlife Trust’s Dublin branch.

Website: http://www.iwt.ie/07-feb-dublin-green-drinks-common-sense-and-the-common-fisheries-policy

IWT – Galway Branch: Pine Marten Talk

When: Wednesday, February 8th 2017

Where: Western Hotel on Prospect Hill

Time: 7pm

Event Information: The talk by Dr Ruth Hanniffy of the Vincent Wildlife Trust on Pine Martens in Ireland.

Website: iwtgalway@gmail.com 

Knowledge Transfer & Farm Innovation: UCD Seminar Series

When: Wednesday, February 8th 2017

Where: Room G-08, Agriculture and Food Science Centre, UCD campus, Belfield, D4.

Time: 1pm – 2pm

Event Information: Segment taken from the UCD website: “As part of the 2016-17 School of Agriculture & Food Science Research Seminar Series, Dr Monica Gorman, Assistant Professor in Agricultural Extension and Innovation, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, will present a seminar entitled “Knowledge Transfer and Farm Innovation”.

The seminar is open to the public and attendance is free, but registration is necessary!

Website: www.ucd.ie/agfood

Birdwatch Ireland – Kildare Branch

Where: Outing to Bull Island, Dublin

When: Saturday, February 9th 2017

Time: 9am

Event Information: Meet on the causeway at 9.00am

Contacts

Branch Website: www.birdwatchkildare.com

Branch Facebook: www.facebook.com/bwikildare

For meeting points and talk venues, check the website nearer the time.

All talks are now held in the Townhouse Hotel (and not Lawlor’s Hotel) in Naas, Co Kildare, at 8:00pm.

Please contact birdwatchkildare@gmail.com to receive email updates.

Birdwatch Ireland – Kildare Branch

Where: Townhouse Hotel, Naas

When: Thursday, February 9th 2017

Time: 8pm

Event Information: Quiz Night organised by Tom McCormack and Paddy Sheridan. We will split up into teams of four for this fun and entertaining way to identify feathers, used nests, birdsong, etc.

Contacts

Branch Website: www.birdwatchkildare.com

Branch Facebook: www.facebook.com/bwikildare

For meeting points and talk venues, check the website nearer the time.

All talks are now held in the Townhouse Hotel (and not Lawlor’s Hotel) in Naas, Co Kildare, at 8:00pm.

Please contact birdwatchkildare@gmail.com to receive email updates.

Birdwatch Ireland – Westmeath Branch

Where: Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar

When: Thursday, February 9th 2017

Time: 8pm

Event Information: Indoor meeting with guest speaker (to be confirmed).

Website: http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/Events/BranchEvents/Westmeath/tabid/936/Default.aspx

Facebook: www.facebook.com/westmeathbranchbirdwatchireland

Contact

For more information on the Westmeath Branch, or to volunteer to help, please contact Tom or Tim (see above).

Emailing list: Join our emailing list and receive monthly notifications of Westmeath Branch events: birdwatchwestmeath@gmail.com.

IWT – Laois/Offaly Branch: Workday at IWT Lough Boora Nature Reserve

When: Saturday, February 11th 2017

Where: Lough Boora Nature Reserve

Time: 10am – 4pm

Event Information: “work to maintain the rich mosaic of habitats on site for butterfly and other pollinator species, we will be carrying out some vegetation clearance in the open fen area of the site – We are meeting at 10am at the Lough Boora Inn and will go to the site from there.

Email: conservation@iwt.ie

Birdwatch Ireland = Westmeath Branch

Where: Outing to Ashton Callows and Lusmagh Hide, Co Offaly.

When: Saturday, February 11th 2017

Website: http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/Events/BranchEvents/Westmeath/tabid/936/Default.aspx

Facebook: www.facebook.com/westmeathbranchbirdwatchireland

Contact

For more information on the Westmeath Branch, or to volunteer to help, please contact Tom or Tim (see above).

Emailing list: Join our emailing list and receive monthly notifications of Westmeath Branch events: birdwatchwestmeath@gmail.com.

IWT – Laois/Offaly Branch: Wild Bird Ringing Demonstration

Where: Derrylusk, Mountrath, Co.Laois

When: Sunday, February 12th 2017
Time: 8 am – 10 am
Event Information: “See how licenced bird ringers catch and ring (small metal leg rings) birds in order to study their life history and ecology. Its a great oppertunity to see birds up close and have all your questions answered by experienced bird ringers.”
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/211294822671437/

Birdwatch Ireland – Limerick Branch

Where: Shannon Rowing Club, Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick

When: Wednesday, February 15th 2017

Time: 8pm

Event Information: Foraging: where to forage and what to forage for in the countryside, by Theresa Storey.

Website: http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/Default.aspx?tabid=295

Birdwatch Ireland – Kilkenny Branch

Where: Heritage Council offices, Church Lane, Kilkenny

When: Wednesday, February 15th 2017

Time: 8pm

Event Information: Birds Observed, a talk by Richard Dwyer, followed by a second talk, Birds of South Africa, by Ken Kinsella.  Both talks will be Power Point presentations.

Contact:

For more information or to be included in the branch mailing list, please email birdwatchkilkenny@gmail.com.

Birdwatch Ireland – Dublin (Tolka) Branch

Where: Botanic Gardens Auditorium

When: Thursday, February 16th 2017

Time: 8pm (doors open 7.30pm)

Event Information: The Peregrine Falcon in Leinster, by Ann Fitzpatrick, Conservation Ranger, National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Branch Contact: Dermot McCabe on (086) 418 0241

Email: dermot.mccabe@gmail.com

Branch Website: www.dublinbirding.ie

Bookings (when necessary) online at www.dublinbirding.ie or by email to dublinbirding@gmail.com.

An Taisce – All Ireland Pollinator Plan Meeting (Public)

Where: Craigavon Borough Council at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

When: February 17th 2017 & February 18th 2017

Time: 9.30am – 4pm

Event Information: Two-day event taking place to address the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 that will discuss decline of pollinators across Ireland and advise on pollinator protection services in Ireland. Currently, there are 81 actions needed to be taken in order to make Ireland more suitable for pollinators.

The event is free for the public to attend, but please bring a packed lunch or money for the café. Please email Erin Jo Tiedeken (etiedeken@biodiversityireland.ie) to reserve your place or call (086) 045 6113

Birdwatch Ireland – Dublin (Tolka) Branch

Where: Car outing to Dundalk

When: Saturday, February 18th 2017

Time: 8.30am

Event Information: Meet at Botanic Gardens at 8.30am. Call Dermot if you need a lift.

Branch Contact: Dermot McCabe on (086) 418 0241

Email: dermot.mccabe@gmail.com

Branch Website: www.dublinbirding.ie

Bookings (when necessary) online at www.dublinbirding.ie or by email to dublinbirding@gmail.com.

Birdwatch Ireland – Clare Branch

Where: Visit to Clonderlaw Bay

When: Saturday, February 18th 2017

Time: 11am

Event Information: Trip to see Redshank, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, etc. Will meet at Labasheeda Church at 11am.

New members welcome on all outings. Suitable clothing & footwear recommended; also binoculars. No dogs on outings, please.

Contacts:

Website: www.clarebirdwatching.com

 

Important Note: The Clare Branch of BirdWatch Ireland is looking for reports of Yellowhammers anywhere in the county, but especially in the Burren.  Numbers of breeding pairs have fallen considerably in recent years; their remaining stronghold is in the north and east of the Burren.  Numbers could be as low as 40 pairs but your observations will give a more accurate picture; please go to www.clarebirdwatching.com to report your sightings.

Birdwatch Ireland – Limerick Branch

Where: Meet at St Michael’s Rowing Club, O’Callaghan Strand

When: Sunday, February 19th 2017

Time: 9.30am

Event Information: Walk by the River Shannon in Limerick to see gulls, waders, etc. Leaders: Clodagh Glasgow, Maura Turner

No dogs on outings, please.

Website: http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/Default.aspx?tabid=295

Contacts

Branch Email: birdwatchirelandlimerickbranch@gmail.com

Branch Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Bird-Watch-Ireland-Limerick-Branch/129797030443161

Farm Afforestation in Ireland: UCD Seminar Series

When: Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

Where: Room G-08, Agriculture and Food Science Centre, UCD campus, Belfield, D4.

Time: 1pm – 2pm

Event Information: As part of the 2016-17 School of Agriculture & Food Science Research Seminar Series, Associate Professor Áine Ní Dhubháin of UCD Forestry, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, will present a seminar entitled “Farm Afforestation in Ireland”. The seminar is open to the public and attendance is free, but registration is necessary!

Website: http://www.ucd.ie/agfood/researchseminarseries/

IWT Trip to The Morrough

When: Sunday, February 26th 2017

Where: Wicklow Train Station

Time: 10am – 7:45pm

Event Information: The Murrough stretches 15km along the east coast of Ireland between Wicklow and Kilcoole. This event is a nature-walk style event which involves a guided trip along The Murrough whereby coastal scenery can be admired as well as a vast range of amazing wildlife and habitats such as wet grasslands, marshes, reed beds and fen.

The event is not free to the general public – the cost of €5 will be charged for non-IWT members while IWT members will have free admission. Transport (train tickets etc.) are also not included and will be personal expenses for those wishing to join the event.

Website: http://www.iwt.ie/events

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