Family Day on Bull Island to highlight Dublin’s Wetlands

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Dublin City Council hosts a free public celebration of Dublin’s Wetlands this weekend with a series of free family-friendly events. A highlight will be Family Day at Bull Island UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Dublin’s largest and most significant wetland, from 12 noon until 3pm on Sunday. Councillor Pat Crimmins, representing the Lord Mayor, will officially launch the day by leading a walk with the public along the causeway with BirdWatchIreland and members of the public. 

Activities include walks and talks, arts and crafts and displays, many will be held in Dublin City Council’s fascinating  Bull Island Interpretative Centre.  “Wetlands Family Day promises to be a great family day out. This is an opportunity for Dubliners to visit the Island and learn from the experts how Bull Island is constantly growing and changing,” says Leslie Moore Dublin City Council’s Parks Superintendent.

Dublin City Council is hosting the family day with BirdWatchIreland, Coast Watch Ireland, Irish Wildlife Trust and The Marine Experience.

Events will also take place in Tolka Valley and Poppintree Park. Special talks will allow families to see wildlife associated with constructed  wetlands which Dublin City Council developed to prevent water pollution and flooding along the Tolka River – now home to important fisheries. Booking essential on  - please book now to secure your place. In 2013, Chambers Ireland awarded Tolka Valley Park the National Sustainable Environment Award. This is the perfect opportunity to see why.


Wetlands Family Day at North Bull Island UNESCO Biosphere 12-3pm, Sunday 9th March

  • Walks and talks on wetland birdlife with BirdWatch Ireland
  • Art and crafts for children
  • Information on using phone apps to track and spot birds
  • Interactive touch pool with live sea creatures
  • Displays on wetlands biodiversity and the global importance of wetlands
  • Displays on  marine litter and how  you can help to prevent it
  • The public can help with conserving these valuable wetlands by getting involved in an Oceans Initiatives’ marine litter clean at 11:00 am at Dollymount beach with the local members of the Kite Surfers Association.

Other events in Dublin City on Saturday 8th March

  • Tolka Valley River Park 12-1pm, guided walk from Ashtown Village Centre through new park to constructed wetlands featuring games, pond dipping and nature spotting. Learn about the remarkable transformation of this land into an award-winning park. This event is organised by OWLS, the children’s nature charity. For booking
  • Poppintree Park, Ballymun, 2-3pm, fun guided walk with OWLS. For booking

About Bull Island

Bull  Island is famous for the incredible diversity of its wildlife, including its wetlands, which are an internationally important RAMSAR wetland. The wetlands include three different types of saltmarsh habitats as well as dune wetlands and marshes, all of European importance. The island provides a home and a resting place for rare butterflies and other insects, for migratory birds from the Arctic and Africa and for breeding for fish and shellfish which provide food resources to the Dublin region and beyond.