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Ireland has a rich natural heritage — from the sandbanks of the Shannon Estuary to the fens of Monaghan… from the natterjack toad to the Atlantic salmon… from the Killarney fern to the freshwater pearl mussel.

Events Archive

Second Annual Recorders’ Event

Organiser: National Biodiversity Data Centre

The National Biodiversity Data Centre held the second Annual Recorders’ Event in Waterford on 26 and 27 August 2008.

Muc Mhara — Ireland’s Smallest Whale

Organiser: Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group is hosting their second international whale conference from 19-21 September 2008 in Killiney, Dublin.

Butterfly Monitoring Workshop in Kilkenny

Organiser: National Biodiversity Data Centre

A Butterfly Monitoring Workshop will take place in the Castlecomer Discovery Park, Castlecomer on Tuesday 28th April at 7.00pm.

Kilkenny’s Protected Wild Species and Places - 13th May 2009

Organiser: NPWS

A Public Illustrated Talk by Lorcan Scott,

Clare prepares for Biodiversity Day 2009

Organiser: Clare County Council

Clare County Council and the Clare Biodiversity Group have been focusing on a countywide promotion and raising awareness of biodiversity since the early 2000s

1st All Ireland Mammal Symposium

Organiser: AIMS 2009

1st All Ireland Mammal Symposium will take place at the Waterford Institute of Technology on the 6th-8th November 2009

Third Annual Recorders’ Event

Organiser: National Biodiversity Data Centre

The National Biodiversity Data Centre will host its 3rd Annual Recorders' Event on 20 & 21 August 2009.

Raptor Conservation Conference

Ireland's First Annual Raptor Conservation Conference will be Held in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare on Saturday, 07 November, 2009.

Seabirds : Life on the Edge

All Ireland Conference on Bird Conservation 2010. Sligo, 26th-28th March 2010.

Noah's Ark or Noah's Coffin - The challenge for biodiversity

Annual Darwin Day Lecture as arranged by the Humanist Association of Ireland. Thursday 11th February 2010, 7.30 pm. Trinity College Dublin

National Biodiversity Data Centre 2010 Events

To celebrate International Year of Biodiversity 2010 the National Biodiversity Data Centre and its partners is pleased to announce an exciting programme of events for 2010.

Waterworld Mini Beasts Summer Schools

Led by John Feehan | Ferbane, Co. Offaly | Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July 2010

Biodiversity Bingo

Fortnightly chance to search for interesting species, learn to identify some new ones, and have fun recording our biodiversity! Prizes!!

What do we really know about biodiversity?

INVITATION: Launch of research on awareness, understanding and impact of biodiversity in 2010.

Bat Detector Workshop

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June. Carran Field Centre, Co. Clare.

Kilkenny’s Programme of Events for International Biodiversity Year 2010

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. Kilkenny Local Authorities have organised events to mark this important year and celebrate Kilkenny’s biodiversity.

 

Waterworld Mini Beasts Summer School

led by John Feehan. Ferbane, Co. Offaly, Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July 2010

Place to Bee café

Celebrating Bee 4 Biodiversity as part of Clonmel Junction Festival

Biodiversity Knowledge Quest

Setting priorities for 2020

Love Motel for Insects : July 19th to 31st

The light installation "Love Motel for Insects" has been turned on at Sculpture in the Parklands. This is Brandon's largest light installation to date and truly dramatic. Please open attached images. We hope to see you down here...

Large-scale extensive grazing systems in Europe: advancing knowledge to improve policy

20-24th September 2010 : International Academy for Nature Conservation, Isle of Vilm, Germany

Biodiversity Knowledge Quest – setting priorities for 2020

26th & 27th August, 2010. Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford.

Art in the Land Conference & evening performance

September 18th, Lough Boora Parklands, Co. Offaly

The Natural History and Ecology of Irish Water Beetles

Lecture by Marguerita Gioria, UCD. OHAS Research Centre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Wednesday 15th September 2010.

Endocrine Disruption in Freshwater Fish in the Shannon River Basin District - Male or Female? That is the Question

Lecture by Dr Andy Fogarty, Lecturer, School of Science [AIT]. OHAS Research Centre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Wednesday 29th September 2010.

Trees in Ancient Ireland; A general Survey

Agriculture and Food Science Building, University College Dublin. Thursday, 7th October 2010 at 8pm. All welcome.

Birds, Bats and Bugs – a two day seminar on Irish Biodiversity

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th October 2010. National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin

Amenity Trees and Woodlands: A Guide to their Management in Ireland

Seminar presented by the Tree Council of Ireland in association with the

Arboricultural Association [Irish Branch] and the Society of Irish Foresters. Monday, 18th October 2010. National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Co. Dublin.

Two Biomimicry Training Bursaries Available

The Heritage Council is making two Biomimicry Training bursaries available to interested candidates on the upcoming biomimicry workshop taking place in Dublin Zoo: 22nd-24th November 2010.

Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2011

Saturday, 5th of March 2011. Medical Biology Centre, Queens University, Belfast.

Mulranny Old Irish Goats

Talk by Professor Ray Parker Friday 28th Jan 2011 at 8:30pm. Mulranny Amenity Centre, Co. Mayo

Controlling priority invasive
 non-native plants and restoring native biodiversity

Project launch at 11.00am on Tuesday 1st February 2011, Great Hall, Queen's University Belfast

The Environmental Challenges facing the Irish Forest Industry

The Annual Augustine Henry Forestry Lecture. Thursday, 10th March 2011 at 7.30pm, Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Irish Wildlife Trust hosts Irish premiere of 'Play Again'

10th March at 6.30pm. Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin

Enabling Sustainable Behaviour: The Environment, Communities, Health & Well Being

3rd Annual Social Marketing Conference of The Centre for Innovation and Structural Change at NUI Galway. Friday 15th April.

Getting to Know Ants with Professor John Breen

National Biodiversity Data Centre 2011 Workshop Programme : 9th April

Wildlife Courses Cape Clear 2011

Cape Clear Bird Observatory, Cape Clear, Co. Cork. April - September

Burren in Bloom Festival

29th April-29th of May 2011

Biodiversity Spraoi

The Biodiversity Spraoi and will run fortnightly for 3 months with 6 challenges to complete.

Caring for Irish Wildlife

Biodiversity seminar. Saturday 14th May 2011. National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7.

The Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science

Biodiversity Festival in the South East – celebrate our living earth! 13 - 22 May 2011. Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary.

Ireland’s BioBlitz

20 – 21 May 2011

The Ins and Outs of Eskers, their Geology, Flora and Fauna

Based in Ferbane, Co. Offaly. Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July, 9.30pm to 3.30pm daily.

Irish Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of September. Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Emerging invasive species event

20th October 2011, London

Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2012

Friday, 2nd of March 2012, TCD. The Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists will cover a wide range of topics with specific focus in the morning sessions on ‘Climate Change and Implications for Irish Freshwaters’.

Craft Workshops in Living Furniture, Homebrewing and Hazel Coppicing

Irish Seed Savers, Capparoe, Scarriff, Co. Clare

Launch of ‘Landscape Conservation for Irish Bats’

Dr Liam Lysaght, Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre, will launch the results of the new study on Monday 23rd January 2012 at 3pm in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Tree Walk to Celebrate National Tree Week!

Author and forestry expert Michael Carey will give a walking tour of the trees in Powerscourt Gardens, Co. Wicklow. 6th March 2012. National Tree Week runs from 4-10 March 2012.

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth - Galway Agenda Announced

The agenda for the inaugural workshop of this series is now available. The workshop will take place on Saturday, 3rd March 2012 at NUI, Galway.

 

Irish Seed Savers - Workshops & Demos

Sat & Sun, March 31st/ April 1st - Co. Clare. Workshops & Demos - Vegetable plants/ Heritage Seeds/ Fruit trees/ Garden Supplies/ Information Stalls

Invasive Species Ireland Forum 2012

3rd May, Glasnevin. The forum programme will include an update from Invasive Species Ireland and talks covering the freshwater, marine and terrestrial environments.

Smooth Newt Survey - Co. Clare

The smooth newt is one of our few native amphibian species. The Irish Wildlife Trust would like your help to map the distribution of this mysterious animal.

Bird Habitats in Ireland - Symposium

18th May, Dublin. This event will be of interest to all birdwatchers, ecologists, conservationists, environmental researchers and managers, consultants and decision-makers throughout Ireland.

Burren in Bloom Brochure

Burren in Bloom Festival - May - Co. Clare

The Burren in Bloom events programme has just been announced. This lively festival returns this year with a series of illustrated talks and organised walks throughout the month of May.

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth - Kerry Workshop

21st April, Kerry. Following on from the outstanding success of the Galway event the Heritage Council is pleased to announce the details of the next workshop in the series which will take place in Listowel, Co. Kerry.

Facilitating Resilience - Workshop

A two-day learning experience in Cloughjordan hosted by Cultivate in association with The Change Exploratory and the Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

Explore Biodiversity through Art! - Primary Schools

This May and June, for six weeks, The Ark will be running an exhibition, combined with a series of workshops for schools, exploring biodiversity through artistic creativity.

Simbiosys - Integrating Biodiversity Research, Policy and Practice

June 28th, Dublin. This conference will examine sectoral impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services, including aquaculture and wind farms; bioenergy crops and road development; and policy implications.

Celebrate Biodiversity Week and International Biodiversity Day in Co. Waterford

In a celebration of Biodiversity Week and International Biodiversity Day, Tuesday 22nd May 2012, County Waterford is hosting a number of events around the county.

Ireland’s BioBlitz 2012!

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is delighted to announce that President Michael D. Higgins will launch Ireland’s BioBlitz 2012 at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on Friday 18th May at 16.45hrs.

Farmland Flora & Fauna Seminar - What we’ve got in Ireland

Including the launch of the Grasses of Ireland by John Feehan, Helen Sheridan and Damian Egan.

CELT Agroforestry Introductory Courses – Summer 2012

Agroforestry or Forest-gardening is about increasing overall yield from an area of land by planting various different trees in a permaculture-related design so that trees and agriculture mutually benefit each other.

‘Wonderful Wildlife’ Photography Course: 20% DISCOUNT!

A five day course with trips to some of the best photography locations in the country!

Hack the City at the Science Gallery!

Sensing the City is a series of citizenship science experiments for 12-15 year olds, with a focus on biodiversity.

Events & Workshops in the National Botanic Gardens this August

If you haven't paid a visit to one of Ireland's finest national treasures, why not treat yourself this summer to a guided tour of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin.

Upcoming MISE Events

October - November, Co. Waterford - Events include a forest mammal survey, bat surveys. a wood wildlife walk, Waterford bats in churches, an otter diet workshop and an otter survey!

National Trails Day 2012

7 October, Nationwide - Hit the Trails!

Gardening Seminar in Claregalway Castle

6 October, Co. Galway - Topics include winter gardening in Ireland, orchards & fruit trees, botany & Marsh’s Library, Dublin and trees for gardens.

Biodiversity Workshops 2012 - National Biodiversity Data Centre

September - October, Nationwide - The day-long workshops are open to all those with an interest in identifying and recording Ireland's wildlife. The cost per workshop is between €20-€30 for the day.

Sculpture by Jackie Ball.

September at National Botanic Gardens

September, Glasnevin, Co. Dublin - Events include Sculpture in Context, garden tours, gardening lectures, historical talks and children's art workshops!

Irish Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference

29-30 September, Co. Meath - This is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in wildlife welfare and/or conservation to learn more about treating wildlife casualties; wildlife natural history & conservation; post release...

Landlifeweek - European Land Stewardship Week

28 September - 7 October, Nationwide - You're invited to participate in the LANDLIFEWEEK, a campaign aimed to promote events throughout Europe to raise awareness about the importance of care for the earth and its wealth of...

Biodiversity Institute Symposium on Biodiversity Technologies

27-28 September, Oxford - The symposium will bring together over 25 speakers presenting the latest research and developments in biodiversity technologies that are used in wide variety of settings and applications.

Fungi Workshop with Jonathan Spazzi

15 September, Co. Carlow - This one-day course will give a general overview of fungi, the classification and characteristics of the different types found in our woods. There will be a slideshow, field trip, identification of...

'The Wonders of Bird Migration' Course: 20% DISCOUNT!

10-14 September, Co. Cork - BirdWatch Ireland presents a week-long course at the Cape Clear Bird Observatory.

The 7th Irish Bat Conference

21-23 September, Co. Sligo - The programme includes talks on lesser horseshoe bats in Ireland, updates on Irish bat species trends, impacts of motorways, windfarm studies and streetlighting. This year's conference will be of...

2nd All Ireland Mammal Symposium

26-27 October, Dublin - AIMS2012 follows on from the highly successful AIMS2009, the two-day meeting hopes to encourage growth in positive public attitudes to our mammalian wildlife heritage.

The Value of Wetlands: Heritage & Resource Conference

27th Sept, Waterford. The aim of this conference is to raise awareness of the value & uses of wetlands & to share the experiences gained from applying the ICW concept & the creation of compensatory wetland habitat.

Ireland’s Ancient Red Deer Populations - Talk

20th Oct, Dublin. Dr Ruth Carden will give a presentation on Ireland's ancient red deer; this is the first public presentation of Ruth's extensive research (supported by the Wild Deer Association of Ireland) on Kerry's Red Deer...

Burren Winterage Weekend

26th-28th October 2012, Co. Clare. The Burren Winterage Weekend is a community-led event celebrating the unique farming tradition of the Burren, supported by the Heritage Council.

Celebrating Laois Heritage Conference

10th Nov, Co. Laois. Speakers will include Jacqui Donnelly (Dept of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht) on Energy Efficiency in Historic buildings, Richard McLoughlin of Lotts Architecture on How to Write a Conservation Report and...

Wexford Naturalists' Field Club Lectures

1st Nov & 6th Dec, Wexford. Wexford Naturalists' Field Club presents two lectures entitled 'Stars - the Engines of Life & 'A Tale of Two Fisheries'.

Eco-Unesco Events Oct-Dec 2012

Ireland’s environmental education & youth organisation have a wide range of events for all ages taking place over the next few months.

Countryside Recreation Network UK: Conference 2013 - Growing the Outdoor Economy

With a range of innovative speakers representing commercial success, social enterprise, voluntary and public sector partnerships, participants will be stimulated to participate in discussions to explore new ways of thinking, new...

Conference: Flood Protection & Heritage Conservation on Rivers & Streams

22-23 March 2013. Dresden, Germany. This international colloquium will address basic parameters and experiences from different geographic, political, economic and cultural contexts.

Wexford Naturalists' Field Club - Programme 2013

Wexford Naturalists' Field Club has just published their lectures and events programme for 2013.

Bush Craft & Bow-Making Courses 2013

Bush craft & bow-making skills courses at The Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, Wexford. Adults and children's courses available.

Inland Fisheries Ireland - Series of Talks

Tuesdays from 4th Feb, Limerick. The talks will focus on the extraordinarily rich natural heritage of Ireland and in particular the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation.

Managing Threats to Trees & Forests in Ireland - Seminar

5th Feb Dublin. The aim of this seminar is to bring together the various tree-related interests to review and increase understanding of the threats to our trees and forests and to provide a forum to discuss practical and...

Wilderness in a Modified European Landscape: Conference

14th-16th May, Co. Mayo. This conference will bring together experts, representing national and international organisations, to share information and exchange ideas on current and possible future approaches to rewilding modified...

All Ireland Bird Conference & National Dawn Chorus Day

17th-19th May: The annual All Ireland Conference on Bird Conservation will take place 17-19 May. National Dawn Chorus Day will be held on Sunday 19th May.

An International Forum to Address National & International Policy on Invasive Species

8th-11th April, Galway. The primary objective of the conference is to provide a forum where international scientists, policy makers and stakeholders will address designated themes with a view to informing management and policy...

Celebrate Tree Week in Powerscourt Gardens

6th March, Co. Wicklow. Join tree experts from Crann, Ireland's leading tree organisation, for an expert guided walk on the trees in Powerscourt Gardens.

'Nature Creates Prosperity' Photography Exhibition

The exhibition runs from January 21st - 8th February 2013 at the European Commission offices, Dawson St., Dublin 2. It aims to highlight wildlife policy demands during the Irish EU Presidency.

European Day of Parks

24th May 2013. My Park. My Passion. My Story: This is the 2013 motto for the European Day of Parks! This year we invite everybody who loves to be out in nature to share their story.

Restoring the Royal Canal Lecture

11 March, Dublin: In this presentation, John McKeown, Regional Manager of Waterways Ireland, will discuss the restoration of the Royal Canal

Hug a Tree for National Tree Week: 3rd-10th March!

National Tree Week is an annual, week-long festival celebrating all positive aspects of trees in our lives and environment. The primary aim of National Tree Week is to encourage people to plant more trees.

National Plant database

Plant Identification Challenge

March- The National Biodiversity Data Centre are challenging you to see how many plants you can identify during the month of March using the National Vascular Plant Database.

Minister Leo Varadkar cycling along the Abbeyfeale to Kilmorna stretch of the Great Southern Trail on 23rd Februay 2013, when he officially opened this new stretch of the Great Southern Trail.

St. Patrick's Day Fun Cycle

March 17, Kerry - Great Southern Trail, 30km Cycle on St. Patrick's Day

Dodder River- Big Clean Up (Fir House to Ringsend)

23rd March- Dodder Action Group are calling on the public to help with their clean up of the section of the Dodder River from Fir House to Rigsend.

Conference: Working Together for Biodiversity

1st May- Action for Biodiversity are hosting a one day conference about actively working postively together to achieve more for people and Nature.

Burren in Bloom Festival

May- The Burren in Bloom Festival returns this year with a series of illustrated talks and organised walks throughout the month of May.

Invasive Species Roadshow

July- Cork, Kilkenny, Dublin- Familiarise yourself with Ireland's invasive species, how to identify them and the threats they pose to native species?

SIMBIOSYS: Invasive Species Workshop

23rd May, Trinity College, Dublin- Invited national and international experts and SIMBIOSYS researchers will deliver a series of presentations at the workshop.

Seminar: Get Ireland Walking

28th May, Dublin- Get Ireland Walking is the new national walking initiative funded by the Irish Sports Council and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Bee Keeping Talk at Powerscourt, Co Wicklow

12th June @ 11:20am, Philip Mc Cabe, one of Ireland’s best known bee-keepers will talk about honey and bee-keeping in Ireland today

The Burren Rocks Festival

15th-23rd June, Co Clare- The Burren Rocks! takes place in June as part of European Geoparks Network Week

Robert Boyle Summer School

6th & 7th July, Waterford- Celebrating the life of Robert Boyle, one of Ireland's most prominent scientists.

Galway Garden Festival

6th & 7th July- Galway Garden Festival will be held in Claregalway Castle.

Learning Landscape Event in the Burren

18-20 July, The Burren- Two exciting days of creative workshops, field trips and networking events.

2030 Vision: The Future of Energy in Ireland Conference

19th September, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim- As an EU Framework for 2030 is being drafted, it is time to look at the future for energy sources in Ireland

Wildlife Crime Conference

14/15 September-Ashbourne, Co Meath- To promote greater understanding, cooperation and communication between the law enforcement bodies, charities, NGOs and the public in general.

Forage for Wild Food along Powerscourt River Walk

7th September- Wicklow- Discover the art of foraging wild and edible foods such as wild flowers, herbs, walnuts, berries, mushrooms and garlic.

The Value of Wetlands – Investing in Nature for Climate, Conservation and Community

20th September, Waterford: Following great interest and attendance at the Waterford Wetlands Seminar in 2012, a follow up event is being hosted by Waterford County Council and the Irish Wildlife Trust.

Heritage Council Grants are Vital to Your Local Community

25th September, Dublin- Briefing Session for TDs and Senators on how vital Heritage Council grants are to your local community.

Annual Symposium of the Irish Quaternary Association

29th November, Dublin- "Dating the Quaternary" is the title for this years annual symposim of the IQUA.

The State of Insect Conservation in Ireland

24th & 25th October, Dublin- The theme of the two days is insect conservation on the island of Ireland. It will provide an opportunity to find out about the latest research, hear about developments in Ireland, UK and Europe.

David Thompson, Grantee, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Amanda Ryan, Grants Officer, The Heritage Council, Anna Meenan, REPS Grants Officer, The Heritage Council

The National Ploughing Championships

The Heritage Council were delighted to be involved at the National Ploughing Championships in Stradbally, Co Laois last week.

Developing Sustainable Tourism Destinations

17 & 18 October, Clare- the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark LIFE national conference on sustainable destination development through partnership; balancing conservation and tourism.

Westport Study Day

11th October, Westport, Co Mayo- This is an opportunity to learn about the history, architecture, art, landscape and conservation of Westport House and town

Native Irish Honey Bee Society Conference

10 November, Westmeath- First Annual conference of the Native Irish Honey Bee Society

Seminar "At the Heart of Nature"

20th November, Monaghan- The event will launch the first Regional Biodiversity Action Framework on the island of Ireland, outlining the structure for collaboration between local authorities and other stakeholders on a...

Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists

7th March, Dublin- The 2014 annual meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists takes place at UCD.

Connemara Four Seasons Winter Walking Festival

27-29 December- Explore Connemara with guides Michael Gibbons & Gerry McCluskey providing a unique insight into the rich cultural, archaeological and historic heritage of this most beautiful and wild part of the country.

Cabragh Wetlands, Co Tipperary

World Wetlands Day- February 2nd

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

Organise an Event for National Tree Week

National Tree week takes place from 2-8 March. The Tree Council of Ireland invites you to organise one or more events for the week.

Wetlands and Agriculture Conference: Partners for Growth

6 & 7th March- Tralee, Co Kerry- Conference to explore some of the issues around wetlands and land management, such as planning regulations, agri-environmental schemes, flood

management and other alternatives to wetland usage,...

Whale and Dolphin conservation in Irish waters

28th February, Cork- Illustrated talk by Pádraig Whooley, IWDG in support of whale and dolphin conservation in Irish waters.