SATURDAY 8th JUNE 2019

     

Be(e)tween -A Participatory Intervention 

10:00 - 12:00

Ballyvaughan Farmer's Market

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Art with Eileen Hutton

An interactive and participatory project, featuring solar powered bee sculptures, an observation hive with over 10,000 native Irish Black Honeybees inside, magnifying glasses, six microscopic photographs of honeybee anatomy and examples of framed honeycomb.

Free of charge - open admission 

Plant and Pollinator Identification for Beginners

10:00 - 14:00

NUIG Research Station, Carron

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Workshop with Maria Long, ecologist, and Úna Fitzpatrick, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Project Coordinator.

Have you ever wondered, ’What’s that plant?’, or pondered how a botanist can tell two similar plants apart? Come along and learn the basics of plant identification and also learn how to identify some of our most common bumblebees, solitary bees and hoverflies.

€15 for non-members /€10 for members of the Burrenbeo Trust

Booking essential as numbers are limited. Book tickets here.

Bumblebee & Shrill Carder Bee Monitoring Scheme Workshop

10:30 - 13:00

Carron

Glencolmcille layby

(crooked hill viewing point)

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Outdoor Workshop  with Tomás Murray of National Biodiversity Data Centre, and Michelle Larkin of NUIG Botany and Plant Science Department.

Using information collected by scientists and the public helps to inform the actions we can take to prevent further decline in our wildlife. The Shrill Carder bee is Ireland’s second rarest bumblebee and this secretive bee is in need of its own monitoring scheme.

Free of charge but booking essential as numbers are limited. Book tickets here.

Farming for Nature

11:00 - 14:00

Pullagh, Carron

(cattle crush past Slieve Carron towards Carron village)

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Farm Walk with Pat and Oliver Nagle, a Farming for Nature Ambassador family, together with Dara Stanley, ecologist and Lecturer in Applied Entomology at UCD showcasing their contribution to nature and good farming practices on their land.  

Free of charge but booking essential at www.farmingfornature.ie

Bugs, Blooms and the Burren

14:00 onwards

NUIG Research Station, Carron

 

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Outdoor family event with Kate Lavender and Gráinne Barron, Áitbheo Programme Facilitators, Burrenbeo Trust.

Free of charge - open admission

Botany, Butterflies, Bees and Bovines

14:30 - 17:30

meeting point-  car-park at Cahercommaun

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Farm Walk with Lynda Weekes, botanist, Ben Malone, National Biodiversity Data Centre, and John Marrinan, farmer. 

An opportunity to walk through the Burren landscape with a local farmer, botanist and biodiversity expert. See how traditional farming has allowed such a rich biodiversity to thrive. Increase your knowledge on the plants that grow here and learn how to identify butterflies and bees along the way.

 €10 for non-members/ €5 for Burrenbeo Trust members 

Booking essential as numbers are limited. Book tickets here.

Searching for Rare Butterflies and Bees

14:30 - 17:30

Ballyvaughan(meeting point at the old pier road-side parking across from the Tearooms)

 

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Advanced Level Key Site Survey with Liam Lysaght and Tomás Murray, National Data Biodiversity Centre.

Join staff of the National Biodiversity Data Centre in a search for rare species of bumblebee and butterfly across less well-known areas of the Burren.

 

Meet at Ballyvaughan old pier roadside parking for travel to survey site. Survey location will be decided on the day. This event involves walking over rough ground for 2-3 hours. Suitable footwear and clothing essential. Bring water and snacks.

Free of charge but booking essential as numbers are limited. 

Book tickets here.

Communities and Biodiversity

14:30 - 17:00

Ballyvaughan(meeting point at the church car park)

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A walk around Ballyvaughan village and environs with Dr. Sharon Parr. This gentle walk around the beautiful seaside village of Ballyvaughan will explore local flora and fauna and include discussions on how we can make our towns and villages more pollinator friendly, including ideas for the creation of wildflower meadows.

 

Free of charge - open admission 

Afternoon Tea in the Gardens of Gregan's Castle 

15:30 - 17:30

Gregan's Castle Hotel

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Afternoon Tea at Gregans Castle, a stunning 18th century manor house, including an introduction to the house and the glorious gardens, with spectacular views that stretch across the Burren hills to Galway Bay.

€20 for non-members/ €15 for members of the Burrenbeo Trust

Booking essential. Book tickets here.

Pollinaction- Have your say on how we can bring the Pollinator plan to life

19:00 - 20:00

Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan

 

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Open discussion chaired by Brendan Dunford

Opportunity for members of the public to have our say on how we can help pollinators.

Free of charge - open admission

Burren in Bloom Keynote Presentations

 20:00 - 21:30

Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan

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Keynote Presentations with Carl Wright, gardener on 'A pollinator's year in the garden' and with Dara Stanley, ecologist.

Free of charge - open admission

Burren in Bloom is coordinated by the landscape charity Burrenbeo Trust and this year we are collaborating with the National Biodiversity Data Centre and their All Ireland Pollinator Plan. Burrenbeo Trust is a non-profit organisation that relies on support from the local community and various organisations to carry out it's work.  The Trust is hugely grateful for all its supporters.