KILDARE ANIMAL FOUNDATION: Go wild for diversity!


Dan Donoher


Dan Donoher


KILDARE ANIMAL FOUNDATION: Go wild for diversity!

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Following on from my mention of the group Wild Kildare in my last article, and after having a chat with founder Paddy Sheridan, I’d like to bring to your attention the following wonderful events they have planned for the next few months.

I would really recommend that if you love nature and want to make a real difference, you should attend one of these events.

They are also a good way of getting outside in the fresh air and enjoying what nature has to offer. For more events please see their Facebook page.

Bird Nest Box Workshop – February 16

Join Wild Kildare as we demonstrate how to install various different types of bird nest boxes correctly to attract a range of species at this practical workshop at College Farm estate in Newbridge.

We shall be handing out our How to Install Bird Nest Box advice leaflet and answering any questions that you may have.

This event is free, and all are welcome. Meet at the entrance to the estate.

For further information about this event please email or phone 087 6872939.

Let’s talk ‘biodiversity’: how to record Ireland’s wildlife

Wild Kildare and Kildare County Council are hosting Ben Malone of the National Biodiversity Data Centre at the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge on Thursday, February 28, at 7.30pm. Join us for the evening to explore the very meaning of citizen science and how it is becoming a core means through which the Data Centre is collating vast sums of information relating to Ireland’s biodiversity.

Ireland’s biodiversity is under threat and knowing what species occur where is vital when aiming to conserve wildlife.

Playing your part in documenting Ireland’s wildlife has never been easier so come along, learn how to record your local wildlife, learn how to find out what biodiversity is in your area and be part of the discussion.

Plants to grow in your Garden to attract Pollinating Insects such as Bees and Butterflies

Following on from Juanita Browne’s talk on pollinators on Thursday, March 28, we will have a stand at the Johnstown Garden Centre the following Sunday, March 31, to advise on the best herbaceous plants to grow in your garden to attract pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies.

Sadly one third of our bee species is at risk of extinction due to a lack of food, but with a little effort you could have a succession of nectar and pollen rich flowers from spring to late autumn in your garden to help them.

We shall be handing out a flyer produced by the National Biodiversity Data Centre on the subject as well as answering any questions that you may have on the day.

Kildare Animal Foundation, located outside Kildare town, is a voluntary organisation that provides a safe haven for neglected or abused animals. Tel: 045 522929, email
or log on to All donations welcome.