Community Biodiversity Workshop -Roundwood 9th April 2022

To Book: E_Mail eao@wicklowcoco.ie

Organised by the Climate Action Team of Wicklow County Council this one day workshop will support community led actions for biodiversity and climate action in County Wicklow. The focus is on practical ‘hands on actions’ to improve biodiversity in Wicklow and an opportunity to network and to share knowledge and experience among  Tidy Towns groups, interested individuals and other community representatives.  Presentations in the morning will be followed by a field visit to the Vartry Neighbourwood Scheme project.

PROGRAMME

10.00 – 11.00

1.            Latest Wicklow Biodiversity News.

Introduction by Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council, with presentations from with Damian Clarke, National Parks & Wildlife Service and Oran O Sullivan from Irish Garden Birds on;

o   Wicklow Barn Owl project

o   Update on the Wicklow Swift Project

11.00- 11.30.

2.            Pollinators and Community Actions

Pollinator Do’s & Don’ts plus a practical tutorial on filling in the Local Authority Pollinator Award in the Tidy Towns application form by Kate Chandler, Communities & Engagement Pollinator Officer, National Biodiversity Data Centre

Followed by Q&A and Discussion-  15 mins

11.45-12.30

3.            Trees and Tree Planting

Wicklow County Council’s Tree Policy-  Jim  Callery, Environmental Awareness Officer

Importance of native trees and hedgerows – Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer

Opportunities for Community Woodlands : Overview of Vartry Neighbourwood Scheme

Followed by Q&A and Discussion-  15 mins

12.45- 1.30          LUNCH (provided in the centre)

Followed by an optional field visit led by Faith Wilson, Ecologist and Roundwood Tidy Towns  to explore the nearby Vartry  Neighbourwood planting and walk

TO BOOK: Attendance is limited by venue capacity, to register to attend  e mail eao@wicklowcoco.ie giving name, group and number of attendees.

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