World Wetlands Day – 2nd February 2020

Celebrate World Wetlands Day with the Shannon Community Wetlands Project in Shannon Town this Sunday, 2nd February 2020. This year’s theme is ‘Wetland Biodiversity: Why it matters’. With this in mind the Shannon Community Wetlands Project will be hosting a very special event to unpack why wetlands are important for all of us and for the biodiversity around us.

Wetland are of critical importance for improving water quality and for water management within a catchment, or subcatchment. They play a key role in flood mitigation and act as major carbon sinks. Most significantly, in an Irish context, wetlands are an increasingly rare habitat type and are vitally important for our native flora and fauna. The Shannon Community Wetlands Project in Shannon Town is making the connection between wetlands as an importance refuge not just for wildlife for our own health and well-being. The wetland site, together with the new town park, offers the opportunity for a positive engagement with nature for local communities, with recreational trails and nature-based activities.

Event Organiser: Shannon Community Wetlands Project & LAWPRO
Location: The meeting point is the Shannon Town Community Wetlands site, which is adjacent to the Town Park, between Gaelscoil Donncha Rua and Tír na nÓg playground.
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 13:00-15:00 (approximately)
Special Requirements: No booking required but please bring along your wellington boots and suitable clothing for the weather. The event will will focus on wetland biodiversity, native tree planting and removing invasive plant species on site and will be led by Ruairí Ó Conchúir of the Local Authority and Waters Programme (LAWPRO).
Cost: Free family event
Contact Name: Olive Carey / Ruairi O Conchuir
Tel: 085 808 3715 / 085 710 7581

With a quarter of our island made up of water, Ireland’s wetlands support a wide variety of flora and fauna. Fens are less acidic than bogs and are surprisingly biodiverse and often under appreciated.

To celebrate our wonderful wetlands on World Wetlands Day, ecologist Pascal Sweeney will be leading a Cork Nature Network walk in Clogheenmilcon Fen, Blarney.

On this field trip we will learn the differences between a marsh, swamp, fen and bog. We will look at a variety of wetland vegetation, learn how to identify various plant species, look at aquatic plants in the pond and Pascal will collect aquatic invertebrates with a pond net and we will get an up close look at water-boatmen, back-swimmers, diving beetles, damselfly nymphs, caddisfly larvae and different types of mayfly nymphs and crustaceans. We will also keep a lookout for waterfowl.

Event Organiser: Cork Nature Network
Location: We will meet at the car park with the recycling bins at the Blarney end of Clogheenmilcon fen at 14.00, cross the road and walk along the footpath to the car park by the roundabout.
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 14:00-15:00
Special Requirements: Please dress for the weather, waterproofs, raincoat etc
Samples of aquatic invertebrates will be brought back to examine at the tables but if you want to get down to the water’s edge where Pascal will be sampling, wellies are required.
Cost: Free but please register on eventbrite
Contact name: Tara O Donoghue
Tel: 0879567452
Link to website for more information:

Harper’s Island is a wetland reserve in the heart of Cork Harbour which is open daily to the public. We have two bird watching hides and a nature trail. We will have local BirdWatch volunteers on site all day on World Wetlands Day to guide and assist visitors to the island. The site is accessible to all and this is a free event. Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs on the island, as they might scare our birds, so we ask you to please leave your pet at home if you are visiting.

Event Organiser: Harper’s Island Steering Committee
Location: The access to Harper’s Island is from Glounthaune from the L3004. The Glounthaune Train Station is approximately 800m east of the site. Parking is limited, and we encourage people to use public transport to get to the site.
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: Open 9am – 5pm
Special Requirements: The weather forecast is mixed – but dress for the cold and bring a flask with a hot drink. The best time to see birds is one to two hours before and after high tide. High tide for Sunday  is 11am, so the best time to see birds will be from 9am to 1pm.
Cost: FREE
Contact Name: Sharon Casey
Links for more information: Facebook (Harper’s Island Wetlands) and Twitter @IslandWetlands

A facilitated walk from Booterstown Station onto the sand and mudflats to visit a baby lagoon, seagrass, glasswort and seashells.
Family event with three guides, offering a short trip focusing on seashells and games or longer (4 km more educational trip option).

Event Organiser: Coastwatch and Ballymoney Community Group
Location: S Dublin Bay – Booterstown – Merion Strand – Sandymount strand
Start either at Booterstown DART station or by arrangement half way.
Date: Sunday 2nd February 2020
Time: 2.30 pm (short trip til approx 3.15, long trip about 4 pm )
Special Requirements: Weatherproof clothing and wellington boots for long trip and preferably also for short trip. Children might bring a sand bucket.
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Tyko Kirsner or ames
Tel: 085 213 52 82

Bird Watching at Glenamaddy Turlough Amenity Area facilitated by Conservation Ranger , MPWS, Brian Reidy and Waters and Communities Officer Catherine Seale.
Bring your binoculars… hoping to see greenland white-fronted geese, whooper swans, curlew, lapwing, heron.
Unveiling of Artwork depicting birds of the Turlough afterwards at the Square and refreshments in Oakland Hotel.

Event Organiser: Glenamaddy Tidy Towns with NPWS, Communities Water Office
Location: Glenamaddy Turlough Amenity Area, Creggs Rd
Date: Friday January 31st
Time: 10.30 to 12noon
Special Requirements: Outdoor clothing, raincover, binoculars
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Louise Garvey
Tel: 086 3750516
More information: glenamaddytidytowns facebook

Join us at the Wetlands for a talk on our beautiful Tralee Bay and surrounding habitats. Enjoy a walk through our marsh and tower access which provides a breath taking view of Tralee Bay.

Event Organiser: Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park
Location: Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park, Ballyard road, Tralee
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 15:00-16:00
Special Requirements: Please bring wellies and rain gear. All children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Alan
Tel: 0667126700

The walk will be led by Michael Jacob and give participants a chance to see what Bord na Mona lands will look like after rehabilitation/rewetting. The walk will last approximately one hour.

Location: Participants should meet opposite the Irish Peatlands Conservation Council HQ in Lullymore, Rathangan, Co Kildare, at 1.00pm
Date: Saturday February 1st 2020
Time: Starts 1.00pm ends 2.00pm approx
Special Requirements: Dress for weather and wear appropriate footwear i.e. boots or wellingtons.
Cost: Free
Contact Name:Laurence Fullam
Tel: 086 7774825
More information: @creativerathangan

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, on Sat Feb 1st, Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny Branch, with support from the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council, will lead a guided walk at Newpark Fen, Lovers Lane, Kilkenny. Limited parking available.

Event Organiser: Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny Branch
Location: Newpark Fen (Lovers Lane, just off the Castlecomer Road, behind Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny)
Date: Saturday 1st February 2020
Time: 11:00
Special Requirements: Rain proof clothing and strong boots or wellingtons. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: This event is free
Contact name: Mary Durkin
Tel: 056 7762130

Event Organiser: Leitrim County Council Heritage Office and Local Authority Waters Programme
Location: Canon Donohoe Hall, Main Street, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 14:00-16:00
Cost: Free
Email: and

This workshop will assist Monaghan communities to improve their environmental innovation while encouraging local participation in starting projects to promote climate action.
Numbers are limited so please log on to book your place.
Refreshments will be served.

Event Organiser: Monaghan Co Council
Location: Westenra Arms Hotel, The Diamond, Monaghan
Date: Monday 3rd February, 2020
Time: Registration at 6.30pm. Starts at 7pm – 10pm
Cost: FREE
Contact Name: Sandra McQuaid
Tel: 047 30500

Public Talk given by Shirley Clerkin, Heritage Officer, Monaghan Co Council
Everyone welcome, refreshments served.

Event Organiser: Monaghan Co Council
Location: The Market House, Market Street, Monaghan town.
Date: Tuesday 4th February, 2020
Time: 8pm
Cost: FREE
Contact Name: Sandra McQuaid
Tel: 047 30500

Gavin Harte, a sustainability entrepreneur will present.

Energy and climate are two sides of the same coin. Children need to understand energy if they are to understand climate change. Pedal Energy is a fun, educational “whole school event that childern and teachers will remember.
The Pedal Energy toolkit includes
1. A 30 minute interactive workshop repeated across the whole school for a full day.
2. What’s a Watt a real time pedal powered electricty generator.
3. A bicycle powered Smoothie Maker.

Location: Sliabh Beagh Hotel, Knockatallon
Date: Monday 3rd February, 2020
Time: 9.30am – 3pm
Cost: FREE but schools need to book in numbers
Contact Name: Sandra McQuaid
Tel: 047 30500

Join us to celebrate World Wetlands Day! Learn about wetlands in Co. Roscommon, their associated biodiversity and the threats to these special habitats. Visit our Biodiversity Display and join us for a short walk along the River Suck Callows to spot some wildlife.

Event Organiser: NPWS , BWI , IFI , Roscommon Co Co
Location: Suck Valley way visitor center, Athleague, Co. Roscommon. F42 K685
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Special Requirements: Bring waterproof clothing and wear comfy footwear. If you have binoculars bring them also!
Cost: Free
Contact name: Laura Gallagher
Tel: 0858074591

To mark World Wetlands Day 2020, a special community mapping workshop event will be held in Cloughjordan. Stories exploring the past, present and future of Cloughjordan’s Scohaboy Bog SAC will be shared at a the free workshop on Saturday 1st February.The theme of World Wetlands Day 2020 is Wetlands and Biodiversity and those with an interest in natural her itage of Scohaboy Bog whether as a walker, photographer, nature lover or volunteer, is welcome to attend the event that will explore the spaces, places and relationships associated with the national award-winning wildli fe haven.The workshop will run from 10am until 1pm in the Thomas MacDonagh Museum and will be hosted by PhD student Kate Flood from NUI Galway, who selected the bog as a case study for her doctoral research. The community mapping workshop is part of an examination of the benefits and value of peatland habitats for the individuals and communities that live around them. The workshop will invite people to learn about the process of mapping and how it can reveal the spaces, places and relationships that matter to local residents. Kate explains: “Community mapping tells the story of what is happening in a community and every community has stories, recent or lo ng-buried, in the lives and landscapes of our common ground.” People attending the workshop are invited to bring along photographs, pressings, sketches, writings, findings or other items relating to the bog. Parts of the workshop will be recorded.

Event Organiser: Cloughjordan Community Development Committee
Location: Thomas McDonagh Museum, Cloughjordan
Date: Sat 1st February 2020
Time: 10:00-13:00
Cost: Free
Contact name: Gearoid O Foighil
Link to website for more information:

Guided Nature Walk through the Anne Valley Wetlands with wildlife author and photographer Paddy Dwan. The walk is suitable for all ages.

Event Organiser: Waterford City & County Council
Location: Meet at the Anne Valley Car Park, Dunhill
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 11:00-13:00
Special Requirements: Bring weatherproof clothing and footwear.
Cost: Free
Contact name: Bernadette Guest
Tel: 086 8590341

Join West Waterford Eco Group for a guided nature walk with John Power to view wintering wildfowl and waders in Dungarvan Harbour. Dungarvan Harbour is one of the most important wintering birdlife sites in the South East and a designated wetland under the Ramsar Convention for protection of world wetlands. Observation Scopes and Binoculars will be available on the walk to help your birdwatching skills.

Event Organiser: West Waterford Eco-Group
Location: Meet at the car park adjacent to the Pitch and Putt Course /Sports Centre , Ringasilloge, Dungarvan.
Date: 2nd February 2020
Time: 14.00-16.00
Special Requirements: Bring rainproof clothing and footwear
Cost: No charge
Contact name: John Power
Tel: 087 2385151

Event Organiser: Westmeath County Council
Location: Scragh Bog, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Meeting at the car park Scragh Bog.
Time: 14:00-16:00
Date: 2nd February 2020
Special requirements:  Clothes to suit the weather.  The walk will stick to the boardwalk, so no special footwear needed.
Cost: Free
Contact name: George F Smith
Tel: 086-1736075

Participants meet at Ballymoney Beach car park. At 2pm there is a welcome, followed by a short trail walk. At 2.30pm there is a visit to the stream obstacle removal site. At 3pm refreshments will be served in Woodwalls, with a chance to discuss further wetland restoration. Participants are then invited to join in the creation of St Bridget’s crosses and fish.

Event Organiser: Karin Dubsky
Location: Ballymoney, Co. Wexford
Date: 1st February
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Special Requirements: Those who wish to make St Bridget’s crosses and fish are encouraged to bring their own scissors. Donations of rushes are also welcome.
Contact Name: Karin Dubsky
Tel: 0878140411

Short walk of headland trail and stream where an old stream obstacle has been removed. Then (weather permitting) trial of a fish game or creating St Bridget crosses.
Indoors: information on trails, coastal wetlands, stream fish obstacles and removal by local group, Wexford county council staff and contractor.
Family friendly event.

Event Organiser: Coastwatch and Ballymoney Community Group
Location: Ballymoney. Co. Wexford Y25Y894
Date: 1st Feb 2020
Time: 14:00-16:00
Special Requirements: Suitable outdoor clothes.
RSVP for participation in indoor part
Cost: Free
Contact name: Paul and Karin Dubsky
Tel: 087 814 0411