From dormice to a dusk chorus, there's plenty to do during Kildare Biodiversity Week

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Laura Coates


Laura Coates

From dormice to a dusk chorus, there's plenty to do during Kildare Biodiversity Week

Mary O'Connor, ecologist, and George Hipwell, retired forester, leading a walk in Kilinthomas Wood, Rathangan, in 2015

Kildare’s Biodiversity week kicked off last weekend, and there’s still plenty to see and do for all the family this week. Biodiversity Week, which is supported by Kildare County Council, is a great opportunity for people to get out and find out more about nature and wildlife in the Lilywhite county. Here’s what’s happening this week:

Tuesday, May 24

Biodiversity of Cutaway Peatlands — Lullymore

Dr Mark McCorry, ecologist, will lead a bog walk hosted by Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park and Bord na Mona which will look at some aspects of biodiversity on cutaway peatlands. The guided walk will look at the newly developed cutaway area in the Discovery Park and the adjacent rehabilitating Bord na Mona cutaway. The walk will be approximately 3 km and last 1.5 hours. The bog should be relatively dry underfoot at this time of year but it can depend on conditions. Meet at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park at 6.30pm.

Walk through Kildoon Wood and Bog

Meet with John Miller and the Kildoon Community at Kildoon Wood, near Nurney at 7.30pm.

Wednesday, May 25

Going Wild in Maynooth University

Maynooth University, in conjunction with Maynooth Tidy Towns, will host a Biodiversity day. Presentations will take place at Seminar Room B (Library Ground Floor). Topics include Tidy Towns and beekeeping. Book in advance via

Canal Walk, Milltown to Pollardstown

IPCC in association with Milltown Tidy Towns and Waterways Ireland is holding a walk and talk entitled ‘Pollardstown Fen, Feeding the Grand Canal with Water Since 1780’. The walk and talk will explore the diversity of biodiversity along the Grand Canal. Meet at Milltown National School at 7.30pm.

Kildare: a thriving Green future? — Presentation by Manchán Magan

Writer and documentary maker Manchán Magan outlines steps towards transforming Kildare and its environs into a thriving, socially-inclusive, sustainable haven. This one-hour talk outlines alternative proposals and fresh perspectives that have the potential of leading to creative, fulfilling and sustainable lives in this area. Innovative solutions to farming, tourism, education, social interaction and energy production will be explored. Location: Solas Bhríde Centre and Hermitages, Tully Road, Kildare Town at 8pm.

Dusk Chorus — Maynooth

Kildare BirdWatch will host a Dusk Chorus led by Tom McCormack of Kildare BirdWatch, in association with Maynooth Tidy Towns. Meet in the Harbour area at 7.30pm.

Thursday, May 26

Birds and Bats — Maynooth

Kildare Bat Group will host a walk and talk on the bats of Maynooth, in association with Maynooth Tidy Towns. Meeting at 9.30pm opposite the Avenue Café.

Geo-diversity of County Kildare — Naas

Matthew Parkes from the Natural History Museum will give a presentation on Kildare’s geological past at 8pm in the Town Hall, Naas.

Friday, May 27

Event for children with Dr Mary O’Connor

Dr Mary O’Connor, ecologist, will provide an afternoon of fun biodiversity games and activities at The Hive, Old Post Office, Dublin Road, Kildare from 3pm – 5pm. See how you can help protect our environment, test your animal knowledge, hunt for bugs and make a bug hotel, in association with Kildare Town Tidy Towns. Suitable for children aged 7 – 12 years old. Book in advance via Celine O’Neill on 045 980239 or email

Biodiversity Bus

Hop on the biodiversity bus at Solas Bhríde Centre and Hermitages, Kildare town, at 6.30pm and visit internationally significant natural heritage sites of the Curragh and Pollardstown Fen. Dr Mary O’Connor, ecologist and Nuala Madigan, IPCC, will explore the flora and fauna of these interesting sites, in association with Kildare Town Tidy Towns. Book in advance via Celine O’Neill on 045 980239 or email

Saturday, May 28

Learn about Dormice — Naas

Peter Behan and Marion Nolan members of Kildare Dormouse Group will chat with the group about this elusive species in Naas at 11am. Meeting at the Harbour.

The Birds of Ballynafagh — Prosperous

Kildare BirdWatch with Tir na Mona Community Group will hosts a walk and talk on the birds of Ballynafagh Lake. Talk begins at 10.30am in The Old School Hall Staplestown (beside Chapel), followed by a walk at Ballynafagh Lake.

Wild About Clane visits Nancy's Lane

Clane Tidy Towns and experts from local wildlife groups will introduce some of the rich biodiversity — wildflowers, trees, birds, insects and mammals - in and around Clane. Meet 3pm on Saturday 28th at Nancy's Lane — the College Wood Manor entrance (just after the Clane Rugby and Soccer pitches). All welcome. Contact email:

Saturday May 28/Sunday 29

Butterfly Nature Reserve — Lullymore

Butterfly Conservation Ireland are hosting a Butterfly Walk on either Saturday or Sunday (weather dependent) at Lullybeg Reserve, please consult or to check which day it will take place and to reserve places.

Sunday, May 29

Woodland walk, Killinthomas — Rathangan

Join George Hipwell, retired forester, and Dr Mary O’Connor on a guided walk through Killinthomas Wood hosted by Rathangan Tidy Towns. Meet at Killinthomas Wood camp car park at 2.30pm.