All are welcome to attend CUPHAT’s (Coastal Uplands: Heritage and Tourism) Wicklow Mountains Citizen Science Day on 01 April 2023, from 10am to 5:30pm, in Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely. We’ve put together a programme of events to be held at the Courthouse, plus field trips to Glenmalure (leaving Tinahely at 11.30am) and Tomnafinnoge Woods (leaving Tinahely at 3pm). A series of talks, demonstrations and field walks will showcase the rich natural and cultural heritage of the local area and highlight ways that people of all ages can get involved in recording and monitoring important local sites and species.
Anyone interested in going on the field trips (free of charge) is asked to register on Eventbrite here
Supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Cooperation programme, CUPHAT seeks to showcase the shared and distinctive heritages of the Blackstairs Mountains and Wicklow Mountains in Ireland, and the Cambrian Mountains and Preseli Mountains in Wales. This Citizen Science Day is one of four being held in each of the mountain communities involved in the project and will complement the citizen science activities recently run in schools across the area.
Citizen Science & Crowd Sourcing
Citizen science is a way of crowd sourcing information about a local area that asks members of the public to help record and monitor aspects of local heritage. It allows researchers to build a better understanding of local landscapes and the animal and plant species that live there. The Citizen Science Day will be an interactive event and people of all ages from across the Wicklow Mountains are invited to meet the CUPHAT team, find out how you can help and get some hands-on demonstrations of the tools we use. Throughout the day you can find out what citizen science is and why it is important, learn how to record local biodiversity, and start documenting changes in the landscape using repeat photography. You may also happen across some of the distinctive flora and fauna of your area!
The CUPHAT Citizen Science Team describe the activities as being “a fun way to contribute to real scientific data and an opportunity to interact and immerse yourself in your landscape and heritage to get a better understanding of what you see. A full programme of events is available on CUPHAT’s website and social media accounts.” This event is free to attend, but please register via Eventbrite to secure your place on some of the field visits. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Other CUPHAT Citizen Science Days will be happening in both Wales and Ireland, including in the Blackstairs Mountains on 15 April 2023 in Rathnure Community Hall from 10am to 5:30pm.
For more information see Website