Upcoming Events


World Wetland’s Day 2023 – Wexford

Date: 02/02/2023
Time: 10:30 - 19:00
Location: Wexford County Hall, Carriglawn Y35 WY93

Coastwatch are organising 4 dove-tailed event to celebrate World Wetland’s Day in Co. Wexford.

All the events start (or are in) Wexford County Hall, Carriglawn Y35 WY93 on 2nd February. There may be other events on adjacent days (as yet to be finalised).

The fun information-filled full day event programme is as follows:

11:00 – A Wexford Welcome and ‘Zooming in on the Coastal Rim’ Exhibition Opening by HE Thomas Nader, Austrian Ambassador to Ireland
11:30 – World Wetlands Day Address Tobias Salathé, senior adviser to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and Workshop on coastal wetland restoration.
14:15 – Fieldtrips: 2 options to choose from: (1) Wexford North Slobs, an NPWS-managed Ramsar site with migratory bird focus or (2) Low coastal Natura 2000 site farmland and climate change; in cooperation with Teagasc.
and finally
17:00 to 19:00 World Wetlands Day Celebration with music, poetry and ‘Found’ (what people found on the shore)

This celebratory event involves a large team – so far we have scientists, geographers, journalists, coastal managers, planners, eNGO, educators, local farm and fishing community representatives, artists and musicians joining us. Among them: Tobias Salathe (Ramsar office Geneva), Jana Cox (Utrecht Uni coastal processes), Thomas Nader (Austrian Ambassador), Catherine Keena (Biodiversity Teagasc), Karina Fitzgerald (MSP), Cilian Roden (Lagoon specialist) and Sabine Springer (ecologist and artist).

REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL here: (cut and paste link)

Bring layers of warm clothing/rain gear and wellies for the farm trip. And if you have any wetland-related songs, poems or similar, or any items you found in a coastal wetland or the sea – please bring them along!

Queries on the day to Karin Dubsky (086 8111 684; or Mick Berry (086 8139 912;

World Wetland’s Day 2023 – Waterford (Tramore)

Date: 02/02/2023
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Tramore Back Strand, Waterford

A view of Tramore Back Strand, Waterford - mudflats with some waterbirds

Come see the wetland birds of Trammore Back Strand!

Our local expert, Denis Cullen of the Irish Wildlife Trust, will lead a birdwatching walk and talk of this exceptional coastal wetland. Find out what birds visit Tramore Back Strand in winter and why the site is so important for wildlife.

The site is exposed so please dress for the weather and ground conditions – stout footwear and warm outdoor clothing are recommended!

Meet at the Bird Hide at the Tramore Nature Park (Grid 659 623, 601 457)

If you need further information or cannot find your way, please contact Bernie Guest (Heritage Officer, Waterford Co Co) on or 086 8590341

World Wetland’s Day 2023 – Mayo (Ballycroy)

Date: 02/02/2023
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Claggan Mountain, Ballycroy

Explore some of Mayo’s rich bogs! This trip will be led by NPWS District Conservation Officer Irene O’Brien who works on the Wild Atlantic Nature LIFE project (

The trip will explore Claggan Mountain coastal trail, 8km south of the Ballycroy Visitor Centre on the N59.
The guided walk will be on a boardwalk through Atlantic Blanket Bog in the Wild Nephin National Park. There are stunning views of Bellacragher Bay and Achill Island, and the Nephin Mountains. We will take a close look at the Atlantic Blanket bog habitat and discuss the local wildlife, blanket bog restoration and the threats facing these important wetland habitats.

The walk is gentle and mainly on boardwalk but warm clothing and wet gear is required as are good sturdy footwear. It should take no longer than 2 hours.
Anymore information on the trail is described on our website

There is sign-posted Car Park.

Contact number if you cannot the meeting point: 087 2472262

World Wetland’s Day 2023 (LAWPRO online story-telling event)

Date: 02/02/2023
Time: 19:30
Location: An online story-telling event

An event suitable for a cold winter’s evening!

The Local Authorities Waters programme (LAWPRO) would welcome you to an online story-telling event to celebrate World Wetland’s Day. The evening will give readings from the “Stories from the Waterside Collection”

Contact details are here:

To join the event please use this link (also below)

World Wetland’s Day 2023 – Tipperary (Scohaboy)

Date: 02/02/2023
Time: 19:30 - 20:30
Location: Scohaboy Bog, Tipperary

Launch of Wetland Webinar Series @forum_wetlands

A free webinar presented by Gearoid O’Foighil of Cloughjordan Community Development Association


World Wetland’s Day 2023 – Offaly (Clara)

Date: 04/02/2023
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Clara Bog, Offaly

We’d love to see you visit Clara Bog with us on Saturday 4th February. The walk and talk will be led by two peatland hydrology/ecology experts – Jim Ryan (ex NPWS) and Paul Johnston (Trinity College).

Meet at the car park at the beginning of the boardwalk in the centre of Clara Bog (53.323224, -7.62642).

The walk will take 2-3 hours depending on the weather and you should dress appropriately for conditions! Most of the walk will be on the boardwalk but if feasible we may venture off it and if we do you should wear suitable waterproof footwear!

Clara Bog is a relatively intact raised bog and a premier international wetland site under the Ramsar convention. It has been the subject of extensive research on the role of bogs in carbon storage to help mitigate climate change and the visit will attempt to explain the hydrology, ecology and the outcomes of the research on its carbon balance. While there remains areas of good high bog, peat-cutting has impacted on its long-term conservation.

If you cannot find us on the day, contact 087 9972156

World Wetland’s Day 2023 – Offaly (Boora)

Date: 04/02/2023
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Lough Boora Discovery Park, Offaly

We would love you to explore Lough Boora Discovery Park with us!

The guided walk will be a loop within Lough Boora Discovery Park. We will walk, talk and look at wetland development on Bord na Móna cutaway peatlands. There is generally some nice bird species in the area with the possibility of Little Egret, Mallard, Teal, Snipe and even the spectacular Hen Harrier!

The Bord na Móna Ecology Team will be guide the walk which will on paved tracks – walking boots or shoes should be sufficient. The ground vegetation in some areas may be wet but we will avoid soft ground. Dress for the weather. The walk will take approximately 2 hours.

Meet at the northern end of Boora Lake, at the former railway crossing. Car parking is available at the adjacent Lough Boora Discovery Park car park.

If you cannot find you way on the day, contact us on 087 7530718

World Wetland’s Day 2023 – Cork (Harper’s Island)

Date: 28/02/2023
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Harper's Island Wetland Nature Reserve, Cork

Scene of Little Egrets and many wetlands birds roosting at Harper's Island

Harper’s Island Wetlands nature reserve is situated in the Glounthaune Estuary/Slatty Water complex, in the northern section of Cork Harbour. Over 125 species of bird have been seen on the nature reserve. The wetlands are an extremely important safe feeding and roosting refuge for many species of wintering waterbirds. Nearly half of the Cork Harbour Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit population roost on the island on spring high tides. At times, during the spring months, peak Black-tailed Godwit counts can exceed 2,000 birds representing over 4% of the global population. The Glounthaune Estuary/Slatty Water complex also supports populations of national importance of Shelduck, Teal, Little Grebe, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank and Black-headed Gull with Harper’s Island supporting significant components of these populations.

Meet in the car park at the entrance; – link: The trip will be led by the local wetland’s experts.

Wellington boots are not essential, though we would recommend sensible walking shoes and dressing appropriately according to the weather. The outing will be on a limestone chip nature trail with two viewing hides.

If the weather is bad we will meet in the first viewing hide on the nature trail, the Borrow Dyke Hide. Bring binoculars if you have them.
This event is open to all. Dogs are not allowed on the nature reserve and minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Check out our website for more information on Harper’s Island Wetlands, what to expect and how to get there.

If you need to contact the team please do so via Facebook

We’d love to see you there sharing the site and sights with us!

World Wetland’s Day – Mayo (Achill)

Date: 02/03/2023
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: The Valley, Achill

Interested in the conservation of coastal dunes and machair? The LIFE on Machair ecology team would love to show you some of the unique features of these habitats on the west coast in March 2023.

By March this habitat will have started to emerge from its winter slumber, readying for summer visitors including pollinators and breeding waders. The focus of the project is the restoration and enhancement of this habitat in Galway, Mayo and Donegal.
The field trip which will last 2-3 hours will explore the Irish archaeology and biodiversity of the Valley on Achill, led by LIFE on Machair staff.

The Valley Sandybanks is an important site for breeding waders and once supported the rare breeding Dunlin a species now limited to only a few machair sites in Ireland. The site is both a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area (See On March 2nd we will celebrate the coastal wetland habitats of machair and dune at the Valley, Achill. We will spend the day walking, talking and exploring the site with local experts, binoculars and telescopes. We will visit the site with students from the Mayo College of Further Education who are studying coastal guiding and are based in Corráin, Achill. A great day to share knowledge and learn about an amazing coastal wetland site!

If you are struggling to find your way on the day, please contact Jackie Hunt (087 2739757)

Meet at The Valley Loop Walk/Achill Rovers Pitch (54.01119, -9.814237)



Past Events


National Heritage Week 2022

Start date: 13/08/2022
End date: 21/08/2022
Time: 00:00 - 00:00

This Heritage Week is celebrating the full return of in-person events as well as continuing with digital heritage projects which have attracted so many new people to National Heritage Week over the last two years. The Heritage Council invites individuals, communities and organisations to develop Heritage Week in-person events and / or digital projects. The overarching theme for National Heritage Week 2022 is sustainability and organisers are asked to consider sustainable heritage in all its forms. Organisers are also invited to explore biodiversity through events and / or projects. Many exciting and interesting events running during Heritage Week are already listed HERE.

EIFAAC Symposium 2022

Start date: 20/06/2022
End date: 21/06/2022
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Randles Hotel, Killarney

Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture – Advances in Technology, Stock Assessment and Citizen Science in an Era of Climate Change

The 2022 EIFAAC Symposium will be hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.  The Symposium will be held in Randles Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

National Biodiversity Conference 2022

Start date: 08/06/2022
End date: 09/06/2022
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Dublin Castle


Ireland’s second National Biodiversity Conference 2022 will be held in Dublin Castle and streamed live online over two days on June 8th & 9th, in accordance with the latest Covid-19 guidelines. The conference is an initiative of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in support of Ireland’s Fourth National Biodiversity Action Plan.

World Wetlands Day 2022

Date: 02/02/2022
Time: 00:00 - 00:00

World Wetlands Day - 2 February 2022

A call to take action for wetlands is the focus of this years’ campaign. It’s an appeal to invest financial, human and political capital to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing and to restore those we have degraded.

Community Training Needs Assessment Workshop, Roscommon

Date: 21/11/2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00

Connecting Communities with Peatlands.

Assessing and strengthening community skills and knowledge to connect with the peatlands.

Gortaganny Community Centre, Roscommon

Communities Caring for Water Conference 2021

Date: 20/11/2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00

The Communities Caring for Waters Conference will be held online again this year on Saturday 20th November from 9:30 to 14:00.  An exciting agenda has been put together which will look at forming new groups and actions we can take to deliver successful river projects. Places on this virtual conference are limited to 500 people on the day.

Peatlands Gathering 2021: a new beginning

Start date: 07/10/2021
End date: 09/10/2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online - 7th, 8th Oct. Field Trip 9th Oct.

Peatlands play a significant role in the natural and cultural heritage of Ireland. The first Peatlands Gathering, welcomes all who are interested in peatlands: community groups, farmers, land managers, forestry groups, peat producers, academics, public representatives, policy makers and the general public. The aim of the Gathering is to share knowledge and  understandings and to cultivate a new beginning for peatlands in Ireland. We aim to create an open forum to promote dialogue about peatlands and their future. Key messages from the Gathering will be presented at the upcoming meeting on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021.

Restoring Bird Populations

Start date: 30/03/2021
End date: 02/04/2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online via Zoom

The conference will aim to cover the following topics:

  • Restoring bird populations through habitat and ecosystem restoration – managed restoration, rewilding and connectivity;
  • Population reintroduction and reinforcement – the science of translocation, headstarting and other population management strategies;
  • Control of invasive species and restoring community structure;
  • The functional role of birds in ecosystem restoration;
  • Progress towards Aichi biodiversity targets and government commitments to restoration.

World Wetlands Day 2021

Date: 02/02/2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00

Raising global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet.

The day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

This year’s theme shines a spotlight on wetlands as a source of freshwater and encourages actions to restore them and stop their loss.

We are facing a growing freshwater crisis that threatens people and our planet. We use more freshwater than nature can replenish, and we are destroying the ecosystem that water and all life depend on most – Wetlands.

The 2021 campaign highlights the contribution of wetlands to the quantity and quality of freshwater on our planet. Water and wetlands are connected in an inseparable co-existence that is vital to life, our wellbeing and the health of our planet.


Share your personal note on “why you value wetlands”.  See

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International Conference on Wetland Restoration and Ecological Engineering

Start date: 08/01/2021
End date: 09/02/2021
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.