Spending time in nature is good for us and good for our biodiversity! As the year springs into life, so does our wildlife. Now is a great time to observe seasonal changes and to take small steps to encourage wildlife on our doorsteps.
The Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council has teamed up with Wicklow Library Service to bring you a programme of free online talks to help you ‘Spring into nature’. The talks are supported by the Healthy Ireland #KeepWell initiative and take place over zoom. Please register to secure your ticket.
Tuesday 9th March @ 7 pm An Introduction to Citizen Science Recording by Óisín Duffy, NBDC
Join Oisin to find out more about the range of biodiversity recording schemes underway and how you can assist conservation efforts in Ireland by submitting your records. This workshop will demponstrate how easy it is to become a Citizen Scientist, either via your mobile phone while outdoors for a walk, or from the comfort of your couch when you return home. Recording biodiversity is a fascinating activity for individuals and family groups, also it can be a valuable tool for Tidy Towns and other local community based groups who wish to audit the biodiversity of their local area and monitor change. No need to travel far as so many plant and animal species can be found in your garden or local 5 km. To book your place and start your Citizen Scient journey click HERE
Tuesday 23rd March @ 7 pm ' Explore your Shore ' with Dave Wall, National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC)
This online workshop will give you an insight to life in our coastal areas and guide you through the steps to participating in this survey from NBDC
Explore Your Shore is a Citizen Science project focused on increasing our knowledge of the distribution of our intertidal species. County Wicklow has over 60 km of coastline and this initiative is looking for volunteers to participate by recording plants and animals washed up along our coast . This project will be of interest to anyone who regularly spends time at the coast, whether you are a walker, surfer, angler, swimmer, amateur or professional naturalist, your records are important bio-indicators of water quality and climate change, and highlight actions we can all take to tackle water pollution and climate change.To book your place click HERE
Thursday 25th March @7 pm Wildwoods: The Magic of Ireland's Native Woodlands by author Richard Nairn
Part of the 'Spring Into Nature' series, this session with Richard Nairn celebrates National Tree Week -the theme for 2021 is Healthy Trees Healthy Planet. Richard Nairn is an ecologist and writer who has published six books on topics ranging from Wild Wicklow (1998) to Wildwoods (2020). He owns and manages a native woodland in County Wicklow.
Leading Irish ecologist, Richared Nairn is an expert on all things to do with trees and especially Irish native woodlands. Richard is passionate about our own genuine Irish trees such as Ash, Holly, Birch, Yew and Alder, all of which can be seen in our Wicklow woodlands. The value of trees in our countryside is being nurtured through the Native Woodland Conservation Scheme and Richard is keen to uphold these values with his quest for old-style biodiversity. This is bound to be a very interesting talk for anyone who supports tree protection and conservation and the contribution trees make in terms of helping to reduce the effects of climate change. To book click HERE
These talks are hosted as part of Wicklow County Council's Healthy Ireland KeepWell campaign. Follow us on social media to find out more.
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