Biodiversity Week in Wicklow

National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature. It’s about communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating people to play their part in protecting it.It’s also about entertaining them, showing the fun and wonder that can be found in nature, and inspiring people to learn more, see more, do more.

Over the course of nine days, from 19th – 27th May 2018,  FREE, family-friendly events will be taking place Wicklow, celebrating our diverse species and habitats. In County Wicklow, the Wicklow Branch of Birdwatch Ireland, the Courthouse Art Centre Tinahely and Wicklow Mountains National Park are all hosting events to celebrate, explore and focus on our natural environment.

The Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council in association with Irish Garden Birds has produced a FREE Wicklow’s Garden Wildlife  poster (read more HERE) and a short animation “Bees – Making your garden Bloom”  (read more on this website HERE). So go on, get out there and enjoy Wild Wicklow!





Saturday 19th May:

Film and Talk at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm there will a screening of Gareth Kennedy’s film, ‘Post Colony’ on invasive species.  Gareth will also give a talk on the impact of invasive species on the Irish environment from an artist’s perspective while local environmentalist, Sarah Rubalclava will give an overview of peatlands and their benefit to the environment with particular emphasis on the Red Bog, Tinahely.    Admission is free.

Sunday 20th  May

Woodturning WorkshopThe Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely will host a wood turning workshop from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  The workshop conducted by Eoin Donnelly will feature traditional methods of carving using invasive species.  The workshop is already full, but everyone is invited to attend to view the work in progress.

Tuesday 22nd May:

Smooth newt survey @ 8:00am sharp at Birdwatch Ireland’s East Coast Nature Reserve (ECNR) Newcastle. This event will involve pond dipping and trapping for freshwater pond life and it will be likely to bring us into contact with a range of freshwater animals, incl. fish, frogs and newts.
– Suitable for children who must be accompanied by an adult.
– Walking distance to survey ponds 1.5km.
– Wellies may be needed.

Thursday 24th May:

Butterfly survey- WEATHER DEPENDENT. Meeting at Birdwatch Ireland’s East Coast Nature Reserve (ECNR) main entrance at 2:00pm. Butterflies generally take to the wing in calm conditions with temperatures above 13’C. Cold windy conditions will mean butterflies are less mobile and less visible.
– Suitable for children who must be accompanied by an adult.
– Walking distance to cover transect – 2km.

– Wellies may be needed.

During these events we will also be on the look out for the range of biodiversity that make a home at the reserve, including; otters, deer, foxes, hares, rabbits and lizards and the migratory birds which visit us at this time of year. For Further details or any queries contact Darren on 0862671289 or Email:

Sunday 27th May:

Bumblebee I.D. @ 11 am Glendalough Upper Lake, Wicklow Mountains National Park

Learn about Ireland’s wonderful bumblebees. The morning starts with a talk in the Education Centre (Upper Lake along Miners Road), where participants will learn about the bees’ natural history and how to identify the species. The talk is followed by a walk to try and identify some of the bees out in the wild. Pre-booking is required. Phone: 0404 45656 E-mail: wickloweducationcentre@


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