Conservation Events: Leinster June 2017

Birdwatch Ireland: Laois Branch

When: 4th June 2017

Where: County Hall, Portlaoise

Time: 9.30 sharp

Event Info: Visit to Co. Wicklow to see Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Red Kites. Group will meet at the County Hall, Portlaoise at 9am sharp to car-pool.


The Irish Wildlife Trust: Dublin Branch

When: 6th June 2017

Where: Top Floor, JW Sweetman’s Pub, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

Time: 7pm Sharp (best to arrive at venue before 7pm).

Event Info: ‘Whittled Away‘ Launch event & ‘Green Drinks’. Pádraig Fogarty will be discussing his new book ‘Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature‘ and journalist & TV Presenter, Ella McSweeney, will be introducing Pádraig Fogarty at the event.

Copies of ‘Whittled Away‘ will be available for purchase on the night of the event and can also be purchased online at 


Birdwatch Ireland: Kildare Branch

When: 8th June 2017

Where: Townhouse Hotel, Naas

Time: 8pm

Event Info: The New Butterfly Atlas 2017-2021 project will be discussed by Tomás Murray from the National Biodiversity Data Centre.


Birdwatch Ireland: Carlow Branch

When: 10th June 2017

Where: Mountshannon, Co. Clare or Portumna, Co. Galway (Details yet to be confirmed)

Time: Details to be confirmed

Event Info: The trip will either involve going to Portumna, Galway or Mountshannon, Clare to see White-Tailed Sea Eagles. The final details are yet to be confirmed but the trip should be on this date regardless. Stay posted for further updates on the Birdwatch events page or contact the members that are listed below for the Carlow branch.


Birdwatch Ireland: South Dublin Branch

When: 11th June 2017

Where: Shanganagh Cliffs

Time: 10.30am

Event Info: A walk by Shanganagh Cliffs to see Sand Martins. The group will meet at Shankill Dart Station at 10.30am sharp.


National Biodiversity Data Centre

When: 14th June 2017

Where: Lough Boora Discovery Centre

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Event Info: “Wetland plant identification on rehabilitated cutaways and the use of plant species as ecological indicators” workshop will be taking place in Lough Boora, Co. Offaly.

The NBDC has stated on their website that:

“This course is aimed at individuals interested in peatland/wetland plant identification and ecology particularly those working in the environmental field and anybody else with a general interest.

The course will be led by the Bord na Móna Ecology Team at Lough Boora Discovery Park, Co. Offaly. The Ecology Team comprises team members, Dr Mark McCorry, David Fallon and Barry O’Loughlin, whose main role is to plan and manage cutaway bog rehabilitation. The workshop will start with a short indoor introductory session.

The workshop will then move outside where a range of different habitat types on cutaway bog will be explored including wet and dry areas, and areas with peat or with exposed glacial materials.  This course will aim to help participants improve their plant identification skills, including rushes, sedges and aquatic species, using field guides, keys and hand lens.  This course will also focus on the use of plants as ecological indicators in a peatland cutaway landscape.


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Birdwatch Ireland: Tolka Branch

When: 15th June 2017

Where: Phoenix Park

Time: 7.30pm

Event Info: Evening walk in Phoenix Park. Group will meet at the Interpretive Centre, Knockmaroon Gate at 7.30pm sharp.


Birdwatch Ireland: Tolka Branch

When: 17th June 2017

Where: Howth Head

Time: 9.30am sharp

Event Info: Outing to Howth Head. Group will meet at Botanic Gardens at 9.30am or at the Howth Harbour Sitric Restaurant at 10am.

If you need to arrange a lift, then please call Dermot. Contact details are listed below.


National Biodiversity Data Centre

When: 24th June 2017

Where: Jamestown Nature Reserve, Wexford.

Time: 10am – 4pm

Event Info: Workshop taking place hosted by Jamestown Nature Reserve and ran by the National Biodiversity Data Centre called ‘Insects for Beginners’. The workshop will aim to provide people with the identification skills needed to I.D. insects in Ireland. This workshop is for beginners and intermediate insect enthusiasts and will cost a fee of only €20 for the entire day (total bargain!).


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Birdwatch Ireland: Kildare Branch

When: 24th June 2017

Where: Cliffs of Moher & The Burren, Co. Clare

Time: 7.30am sharp

Event Info: All-day outing to the cliffs of Moher and the Burren in Co. Clare to see Puffins, Chough and much more. The group will meet in the car park of B&Q in Naas at 7.30am sharp for car-pooling.





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