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Biodiversity Week

Get out into nature for Biodiversity Week 2018

 

Kildare Biodiversity Week starts on Saturday 19th May with Wildlife Walk on the River Barrow in Maganey hosted by Wild Kildare.  Biodiversity Week: - Saturday 19th May to Sunday 29th May 2018 is a great opportunity for people to get out and find out more about nature and wildlife in Kildare.  Over 30 free events, covering all aspect of Kildare’s natural Heritage have been organised across Kildare by local wildlife groups, libraries and Tidy Towns groups.

 

The word 'biodiversity' is coined from biological diversity, is about the variety of plant and animal species and the interaction between them.  It is this interaction that is essential for life, giving us all the things we need: - clean air, water, agriculture, food and amenity.

 

Wild Kildare are running a series of events across the county with the support of various Tidy Towns groups. The Irish Wildlife Trust will provide advice on Wildlife Gardening in Athy, Kildare and Leixlip libraries.  Kilcullen Community Action/Tidy Towns will host an afternoon examining ‘Life in the Liffey’ with Dr. Jan Baars from UCD. This will be a hands on interactive presentation, examining the fish and invertebrates that live beneath the water in the Liffey in Kilcullen.  Maynooth University will host a day long Biodiversity Day Friday 25th May 2018.  There are a number of events happening during the week in Naas.  Kildare Bat group will host a late night bat walk and Kildare Bird Watch will lead a dusk chorus and The Irish Wildlife Trust will provide some advice on Wildlife Gardening.

 

Through the STEAM programme Kildare Library Service are providing a number of wildlife focused events for the schools throughout the county including Éanna Ní Lamhna who will discuss Irish mammals, birds and insects and The Irish Wildlife  will provide an update on Ireland’s Kildare Biodiversity Week has been organised to develop awareness of the importance of biodiversity and to better understand its value to the local, national and international communities.  Bridget Loughlin, County Kildare Heritage Officer and coordinator of the weeklong programme of events encourages the people of Kildare to get out into Kildare’s biodiversity, to visit Kildare wild spots, lakes, rivers, bogs, woodlands or to simply enjoy the biodiversity of their back garden.

 

This listing of events has been compiled by Kildare County Council through the Heritage Office. Event guides are available in all libraries, Heritage Centres and at Kildare County Council offices.  All events are free but some may need to be booked.  Please note all school events are fully booked. Children are welcome but should be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Please dress suitably for the weather. Dogs must be on leads.

For details of events go to the Kildare County Council website www.kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/Heritage/Biodiversity/

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