Events, Things To Do Kildare – Wildlife Watching, Bog Walks, Family Fun, Courses & Open Days
In 2022 Féile an Dúlra, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) events focusing on peatlands at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre will be a blend of virtual and physical events. These events are kindly supported by the Irish Environmental Network and Kildare County Council under the Festival Grant Scheme 2022.Upcoming Féile and Dúlra 2022 highlights that you can look forward to:
5 February – Pollardstown Fen Walk
To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2022 why not take part in a guided walk on Pollardstown Fen in County Kildare with Killian Brennan of the National Parks & Wildlife Service and Tristram Whyte of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Start time 10am. Bookings essential through e-mail at email@example.com. Further details visit http://irishwetlands.ie/wwd-2022-events/
World Curlew Day – 21 April
Celebrate World Curlew Day with IPCC at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre from 2-5pm. Walk with IPCC to our local raised bog nature reserve, Lodge Bog in Co. Kildare and learn all about this magnificent bog bird, the threats it faces and what IPCC is doing to help monitor it in collaboration with the Kildare Branch of Birdwatch Ireland and NPWS. No booking required.
Earth Day – 22nd April at 7pm. To celebrate Earth Day, why not join IPCC for a free virtual talk called ‘Closing Peat-Free in Your Garden’ at 7pm. You will learn all about peatlands, threats they face and how we can taking action by choosing peat-free composts in our gardens. You will also learn how to make your very own peat-free compost. This talk is supported by the Irish Environmental Network and the Community Foundation for Ireland. You can register for the event and receive the zoom link here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/323214452127
National Biodiversity Week – May
IPCC are hosting a number of events both online and
in-person during Biodiversity Week for you to take part in. You can register for these events on eventbrite or click on the links below.
The Wildflowers of Irish Peatlands Social Media Videos – 16 May, 18 May and 20 May 2022. IPCC will be uploading a series of short 2-minute videos to celebrate peatland biodiversity during Biodiversity Week on our social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to display the fantastic plants that grow on Irish Raised and Blanket Bogs and Fen habitats. You will also be able to access these videos on IPCC’s YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/ConservationPeatland/videos.
Dates of upload subject to change. Please keep updated by following IPCC on our social media platforms.
A Day of Action on Lullymore West Bog – 14 May 2022 from 11-3pm. Join the IPCC for a walk, talk and day of action on Lullymore West Bog in Co. Kildare from 11-3pm. Learn about the butterflies and bumblebees that call this nature reserve home, the threats they face and how management is key to their survival. Participants will have the opportunity to take action in managing the grassland for wildlife by clearing short saplings from the habitat and/or installing a temporary electric fence for the arrival of the local conservation donkeys. Please wear strong footwear as the terrain is uneven and dress for the weather. Meet at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. Please bring water if you plan to stay for the whole event. If you have garden gloves and loppers, please also bring them. The Bog of Allen Nature Centre will be open for tours also and children may participate in a number of activities including pond dipping. Register for the event here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/318709156667
The Conservation and Restoration of Girley Bog – 15 May 2022 from 2-5pm. To celebrate Biodiversity Week, IPCC are hosting a walk and talk to Girley Bog in Co. Meath from 2-5pm. Attendees will learn of about peatland formation, biodiversity, their role as climate change champions and explore the restoration works completed on site to date which have raised the water table and created peat forming conditions. This is a family friendly event but participants are advised to wear strong waterproof footwear. We meet at Causey Farm in Co. Meath. Please register for the event here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/318751683867
Peatlands, a home for wildlife and the heart of a Fenor village community – 21 May 2022 from 1-3pm. Come along to Fenor Bog in Co. Waterford from 1-3pm and join IPCC to learn about peatlands, biodiversity and the range of ecosystem services they provide us. This is a family friendly event which will engage with younger children also to explore some of the wildlife found here by looking at the mini-beasties that live within the freshwater habitats and one of the common amphibians found here. Register for this event here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/318757852317
Water Level Monitoring skill-sharing – May. IPCC will be hosting a skill-sharing day on Lodge Bog this May to show members of the public how to monitor the water table on a peatland habitat. Dates have yet to be confirmed. Email bogs@ipcc to be added to our volunteer contact list.
Large Heath butterfly survey – June & July. Join the IPCC in June to monitor the Large Heath butterfly on Lodge Bog, our local raised bog nature reserve. Learn all about this iconic butterfly and the threats it faces. Please we are strong and waterproof footwear. Email bogs@ipcc to be added to our volunteer contact list and partake.
International Bog Day – 24th July from 1-5pm
IPCC are celebrating 40 years of protecting and conserving peatlands in Ireland. We are hosting a very special International Bog Day from 1-4pm at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. The centre will be open for tours of the museum, wildlife gardens and pond dipping for the younger ones. No booking required. For more information click here International Bog Day 2022
Marsh Fritillary skill-sharing day. Join IPCC to complete a habitat condition assessment and larval web count of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly this Autumn. Learn new or update existing species monitoring skills. Dates and times to be confirmed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest and be added to our contact list.
Exploring the fragility of bogland biodiversity – 13th August from 11-1pm. Meeting at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, IPCC will lead a walk and talk to Lodge Bog in Co. Kildare. Learn about the challenges facing peatland flora and fauna and what we can do to help. Expect to see an array of bogland plants. This is a family friendly event. The Bog of Allen Nature Centre and wildlife gardens will also be open for guided tours. Please dress for the outdoors.
More information found here https://www.heritageweek.ie/event-listings/exploring-the-fragility-of-bogland-biodiversity
Exploring water, the blood of the bog and peatland biodiversity at Girley Bog in Co. Meath – 14th August 2022 from 2-4pm. Join the IPCC for a walk and talk to Girley Bog, a raised bog nature reserve in Co, Meath. Learn about IPCC’s work to manage the reserve, re-instate water level monitoring and explore some of the biodiversity found here. There will also be a fun frog search for the younger attendees. This is a family friendly event. Please dress for the outdoors and and boggy terrain. Meet point at Girley Hall however, parking is limited. More information found here https://www.heritageweek.ie/event-listings/bb
Discovering Ketts Lough with IPCC – 15th August 2022 at 10am. Explore the fascinating transition mire, lough habitat and biodiversity on Ketts Lough in Co. Clare through a video developed by IPCC. The video will be uploaded to IPCC’s YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/ConservationPeatland/videos and shared on IPCC’s social media accounts also so be sure to follows us. More information found here https://www.heritageweek.ie/event-listings/discovering-ketts-lough-through-video-footage
A day of action for butterflies – 16th August 2022 from 10-1pm. Meeting at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, join IPCC for a walk and talk on the management of Lullymore West in Co. Kildare, a local butterfly nature reserve in terms of scrub sapling removal and donkey grazing. Explore the variety of butterflies and flora on site. Dress for the outdoors and where insect repellent where needed. This event is open to all members of the public. The Bog of Allen Nature Centre will be open for guided tours and pond dipping for families and children. More information found here https://www.heritageweek.ie/event-listings/a-day-of-action-for-butterflies
Citizen Science Skill-Sharing Days – IPCC will be hosting a number of other skill-sharing days throughout the year for you to get involved in including scrub clearance on Lullymore West and butterfly and bumblebee surveys. Email email@example.com to be added to the volunteer contact list where you will receive an email for all skill-sharing days.
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The Irish Peatland Conservation Council can be contacted at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, R51 V293, Ireland. Tel: +353-45-860133; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org