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Workshop - Introduction to Waders

Leader: Breffini Martin
Date: Saturday 24 January
Venue: North Bull Island, Dublin 3
Time: 10am - 4pm
Fee: €20
Level: Beginners & intermediates

The workshop content will include the ecology and natural history of Irelands common waders covering conservation status, breeding, diet, habitat, migration, behaviour etc. It will include a field trip to the surrounding area. Attendees should bring telescopes or binoculars and wear weather appropriate clothing. For further information or to book a place, see


Feeding Garden Birds and How to Enjoy Winter Water Birds and The Brent Goose this Winter  

Sun Nov 9th 11am – 4pm Smithfield Square, D7. 

Dublin City Council Biodiversity Unit will do a demonstration along with Bird Watch Ireland on feeding garden birds at  Pets in The City  a free family event in Smithfield square on Sun 9th November between 11am – 4pm.  This will consist of interactive displays on bird feeders and nesting boxes. Expert advice will be given by Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland who is a regular guest on The Derek Mooney Show on RTE Radio 1. 
Learn about garden birds in Dublin, how to identify them, feed them and record your sightings. Learn how to make your own bird feeders. Help us increase the chances of the Wren becoming as abundant as the Robin by making garden habitats for the birds.  Wow your friends with a more sustainable chistmas tree consisting of decorative birds on branches.
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We will also have a poster on a "Very Important Bird” (VIB ), the Light Bellied Brent Goose who is a “celeb”  in the Canadian arctic but who migrates to Dublin namely North Bull Island, for the winter to feed and nourish  its young goslings. The survival Brent Geese and many other winter water birds seen on Dublin’s ponds playing pitches, estuaries and wetlands depends on us being responsible dog owners. We will give advice on what is special about the Brent Geese, how to identify them and how to behave around winter water birds while  walking dogs.

Talks on Wildlife In The City.  Dublin City Council Biodiversity
Garden Birds In The City. Bird Watch Ireland 

Free posters for children on identifying garden birds.

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Workshop on Marine Biodiversity and Coastwatch Survey 2014 

North Bull Island UNESCO Biosphere September  Wednesday 10th (11am) 
As part of  the Coastwatch  Annual Survey  to get an environmental  snapshot of Ireland’s coastal habitat  we will be hosting a Marine Biodiversity Workshop on Bull Island  on  Sep 10th  from  11 am to 1pm given by Karin Dubsky, International Coordinator Coastwatch Europe and expert on marine conservation. It will include a walk and talk across Dollymount Beach to identify seashells using Coastwatch’s sea shells poster which was recently launched for Heritage Week. You will also be shown how to use the Coastwatch Survey 
Questionnaire to describe  the condition of your coast  in terms of its biodiversity,  evidence of litter , waste  and pollution ,  aqua culture harvesting  activity,   and shore changes due to nature , erosion, water changes .Dublin City Council Biodiversity staff will accompany you on the walk detailing the history and  ecology of Bull Island and the challenges to its habitats particularly  the invasive plant species Sea Buckthorn.   On the walk you will be shown the unique protected habitats of the Island including   coastal dunes, humid dune slacks, mudflats and marshes.   
This event is brought to you by Coastwatch Ireland and Dublin City Council.

Venue   North Bull Island Interpretative Centre Wed 10th Sep 11 am to 1 pm 
Bring Suitable Footwear and raingear. Event subject to adverse weather conditions 
Free Event Booking required through Coastwatch Ireland 
Further information, or email
Write:  Coastwatch, Civil and Env. Eng. TCD, Dublin 2. 
Also Niamh Ni Cholmain at Dublin City Council Biodiversity 2223369 

Audience. Suitable for adults and requires a commitment to participate in survey over 15th September to 15th October

Sea Buckthorn Berry Picking . Food For Free. Saturday  October  25th 2014  (11am)

As part of  our battle against the invasive  Sea Buckthorn Plant we will be hosting a berry picking event leaving from the Interpretative Centre at 11 am on Sat October 25th  .

The berries are rich in Vitamin C . We will show you how to cut them in a way  that  prevents them from reseeding in the sensitive habitat of Bull Island.  There will be a Poster Display on Sea Buckthorn as an Invasive Species and how to manage it. Recipes and tasting of Buckthorn  Salsa . Bring secateurs and gloves , safety glasses ,  a strong plastic bag to bring home berried branches . Wear sturdy footwear as berried shrubs are  adjacent   to boundary of Royal Dublin Golf Course near the wooden bridge which is either a drive back to North Bull Wall or a  30 min walk over Dollymount strand. 

Entry into our bake off competition to win a prize towards  dinner at Moloughneys Restaurant Clontarf  by sending us your recipes  and photo of dish.  to

Further information,
Also Niamh Ni Cholmain at Dublin City Council at  087 0577970

Audience. All ages but care must be taken to protect children’s eyes from thorny branches


Further information,
Also Niamh Ni Cholmain at Dublin City Council Biodiversity 2223369

Audience. All ages but care must be taken to protect children’s eyes from thorny branches.