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Events and resources by community groups and other organisations are listed here along with Ramsar Site Guided Events.
More events will be added, please check back for updates.

View Leitrim’s Wetland Wealth Story Map, which showcases the wetland habitats of County Leitrim.
Leitrim County Council commissioned a wetland desk-based study in 2019 to map and document all wetland areas in the county. This study estimated that 23.5% of county Leitrim is covered in wetlands, a significant area of which has never been surveyed. The Leitrim Wetland Survey 2021 carried out a field survey of 35 freshwater wetlands in South Leitrim for which little or no habitat or ecological information was available, but which were deemed likely to contain habitats of biodiversity interest. This survey identified sites of international, national, and local biodiversity importance. This Story Map presents the highlights from these surveys and has recommendations on wetlands to visit in Leitrim.

Link: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/4415f51e1311437f8f0f5c7be4cdb90c

Event Organiser: Leitrim County Council

Contact Name: Sarah Malone

Email: smalone@leitrimcoco.ie

A guided walk around Lough Ballyallia, a vital wintering ground for huge numbers of duck, geese, swans and waders. Bring telescopes and binoculars if you have them.

Location: Ennis, Co. Clare

Date: 30th Jan 2022

Time: 10:00 am

Max places: 20

Event duration: Couple of hours

Meeting point: Car Park near the slipway on Ballyalla Grove

Latitude-longitude: 52.874879, -8.970579

Lead contact: Jamie Durrant

SIGN UP HERE – send an email with your name to the following address: jamie.durrant@housing.gov.ie

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Guided walk with Andrew Cox and Denis Cullen of the Irish Wildlife Trust along the saltmarsh, mudflat and sand dunes habitat of the Special Area of Conservation.

Location: Tramore, Co. Waterford

Date: Saturday 5th Feb 2022

Time: 12:00 noon

Meeting point: Meet at car park beside by the Shingle ridge leading to the dunes.

Latitude-longitude: 52.15864478170457, -7.13204672840897

Lead contact: Bernadette Guest

SIGN UP HERE – send an email with your name to the following address: bguest@waterfordcouncil.ie

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A guided walk along the shore of Coole Lough with the local Ranger. We will look at the ecology of the turlough and hopefully see some wetland birds including duck, swans and waders. Bring telescopes and binoculars if you have them. Suitable for all ages. Numbers limited.

Location: Coole Park, Co. Galway

Date: 30th Jan 2022

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Max places: 20

Event duration: 2 hours

Meeting point: Outside Coole Park Visitor Centre

Latitude-longitude: 53.092818408274624, -8.837947405482895

Lead contact: Raymond Stephens

SIGN UP HERE – send an email with your name to the following address: raymond.stephens@housing.gov.ie

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A fieldtrip to demonstrate how waterbirds are surveyed through the Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS). Hundreds of I-WeBS counters (volunteers, NPWS and BirdWatch Ireland staff) monitor waterbirds at wetland sites across the country during the winter ‘non-breeding’ season (September to March). We’re always in need of new experienced counters, so if you are interested in finding out more about the survey methods, and have a telescope, why not come along? This outing is accompanied by an online event (Thursday 27th of January, 18:30-20:30) to detail the methods and findings of the survey as well as tips for identifying waterbirds. As always, existing I-WeBS participants are welcome to attend workshops as well.
To find out more about I-WeBS visit the website. I-WeBS is funded by NPWS and coordinated by BirdWatch Ireland. These workshops are kindly funded by the EPA.

Location: Cartron Marsh, Cummeen Strand, Sligo

Date: 6th Feb 2022

Time: 10:30am

Max places: 15

Event duration: Roughly two and a half hours

Meeting point: Cartron Village

Latitude-longitude: 54.28270953300695, -8.47664231899821

Lead contact: Niamh Fitzgerald

SIGN UP HERE – send an email with your name to the following address:: nfitzgerald@birdwatchireland.ie

Registration deadline: 27th Jan 2022

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RAMSAR SITE GUIDED EVENTS

Events hosted by the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee are also listed on the Events Map. These events are taking place at Ramsar sites and other wetlands around the country for World Wetlands Day. You can sign up for an event on the map. More events will be added over the coming weeks.

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