Explore the Coast on National Biodiversity Week (19th – 28th May)

Explore the wonders of the Irish coast with National Biodiversity Week which starts on Friday 19th and runs until the 28th May.

The nine-day event sees 50 free events taking place all around the country to explore, educate and motivate people to take an interest and protect the nature that surrounds us.

Check out our pick of the bunch below!

National Biodiversity Week 2017

Inch Beach, Co.Kerry

1. Inch Beach Nature Walk    

21st May @ 2pm Sammy’s Coffee Shop, Inch

Bernard Goggin, a naturalist with a lifetime’s experience of nature, will take people on an informative and exciting tour of Inch Beach. On the walk, Bernard will provide an introduction to the flowers of the dunes and driftline, and explain how Inch spit was created and what threats it now faces.

2. IWDG Whale and Dolphin Talks and Whale Watch

@ Various Locations

For Biodiversity Week the IWDG is hosting a series of talks and guided land-based whale watches at various locations around the country.

  • Sat 20th May: Whale Watch, Cloghna Head, Cork
  • Sun 21st May: Whale and Dolphin Talk, Fenit, Kerry
  • Sat 27th May: Shannon Dolphin Talk, Kilrush, Clare
  • Sun 28th May: Whale Watch, Loop Head, Clare

3. Wicklow walking shores: Fascinating Biodiversity    

26th May @ 4.00pm The Murrough, Wicklow 

Join Karin Dubsky, marine biologist, and Deirdre Burns, heritage and biodiversity officer for Co. Wicklow on a looped walk of the Wicklow Murrough, learning about habitats and species which are adapting to changes from development.

Fascinating marine life

4. Discover your local Marine Biodiversity at Grattan Shore      

27th May @ 11am Grattan Shore, Salthill, Galway

This event, which will be carried out in collaboration with Galway Atlantaquaria and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will celebrate Irish Marine Biodiversity. Take part in seashore exploration and whale and dolphin info sessions, which will run every half an hour between 11.20 am -3.30 pm on Saturday, 27th of May.

5. Explore the Shore: a closer look at rocky shore biodiversity    

27th May @ 1pm Copper Coast Strand, Fenor, Co. Waterford

Marie Power, author of The Sea Garden, will guide an exploration of the flora and fauna of the rocky shore of Copper Coast Strand, Co. Waterford, including identifying edible seaweeds.

Hook Head Lighthouse

6. The living and the dead of Hook Head    

28th May @ 2pm Hook Head Lighthouse, Wexford

This event takes participants over rough terrain down the shore of a little cove at low tide to discover shore life, especially seaweeds and molluscs Search for blue rayed limpets and dips into rock pools, without creating chaos for those who live there.There will also be an introductory talk on fossils, followed by a fossil hunt.

7. Beenbawn Head Nature Walk    

28th May @ 2pm Beenbawn Beach, Dingle, Kerry

Bernard Goggin, a naturalist with a lifetime’s experience of nature, will lead this week. The walk will take in a spectacular canyon like passage to a beach created over centuries by farmers collecting sand and seaweed. Oceanic seabirds, such as Fulmars, Gannets, and Black Guillemots, and also cliff nesting landbirds, including Choughs and Rock Doves, will hopefully be encountered en route.

For more information on these events and all the other events taking place during National Biodiversity Week visit their website

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Ann Robinson
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