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Heritage Officer: Bridget Loughlin

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Heritage News April 2022


“Freshwater Ecosystems: A Taster Course for Communities”.

Organised by Kildare LEADER Partnership in Robertstown, Monasterevin, and Athy, and it involves six training sessions per town, four of which will be delivered indoors and two which will be delivered outdoors. Detail of the course can be seen here: https://www.countykildarelp.ie/leader-call-for-participants-freshwater-ecosystems-a-taster-course-for-communities/

Registrations to take part in the course close at midnight on Sunday 24th April and people can use this link to register: https://tinyurl.com/2p8hv62t.


Biodiversity Week 2022

Kildare Biodiversity Week 2022 will take place from Sat 14th May to Sun 22nd May. It is now time to start planning events for 2022. Events can be registered: https://biodiversityweek.ie/events-calendar/


Bat walks and Talks during Biodiversity Week

Kildare Bat group are hosting a series of walks and talks:

  • Naas Harbour Naas 16 May 9.30 pm
  • Rathcoffey 19th May 9.30pm
  • Sallins Pier 21st May 9.30 pm

Please book a spot by emailing kildarebatgroup@gmail.com 


Biodiversity in the IWA Clane Resource Centre,

Ballinagappa Road, Clane, Kildare.

Time: 11.30am -1.00PM

  • Tour of Gardens & discussion on why biodiversity is important for birds.
  • Making Bird Feeder Balls
  • Native Birds Identification (Booklet from Birdwatch Ireland)


Gardening for Biodiversity Training for Residents Associations

Kildare County Council are hosting free biodiversity training for interested resident groups across the county. The training will introduce biodiversity, why it is important, and explore practical actions that you can do to make your estate better for wildlife and residents.

 Where: Online

When: Sessions start at 7pm (1.5hrs length)

  • • Kildare / Newbridge MD: Thursday 2nd June
  • • Celbridge MD: Tuesday 7th June
  • • Clane / Maynooth MD: Tuesday 14th June
  • • Athy MD: Thursday 16th June
  • • Naas MD: Tuesday 21st June


To register, please complete the following Google Form (simple click on the link to bring you to the form):  https://forms.gle/ehifciGSVaQfn3MW6

Deadline for registration is Tuesday May 31st @ 5pm.

This is a free event.


Heritage Week 2022

National Heritage Week will take place from 13th – 21st August 2022 It is now time to start planning events for 2022. For ideas see here: https://www.heritageweek.ie/


Burning the Big House online lecture series and Exhibition

Booking is open for Burning the Big House online lecture series, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Historical Strand of the Decade of Centenaries Programme.


Lectures will take place online every Thursday at 7pm from 24 March to 19 May 2022.


Tickets to attend are free and can be booked here: Burning the Country House Online Lecture Series Tickets, Thu 24 Mar 2022 at 19:00 | Eventbrite


For a detailed account of the talks in this series: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/sites/default/files/filefield_paths/BTBH_lecture%20series%20programme.pdf


This lecture series runs in tandem with the exhibition Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in Revolution, 1920-23, curated by Professor Terence Dooley and hosted by the Irish Architectural Archives from 21 March to 29 April 2022, and Maynooth University Library in May 2022. 


Don’t Mow – Let it Grow (and save petrol!)

A gentle reminder to reduce the number of times you mow your lawn this year. Not only will you save money, and help climate action, but you’ll also help our bees, butterflies and other insects which need the nectar from native wildflowers like clover, birdsfoot trefoil and dandelions that grow in our in our lawns. To find out more contact the Heritage Office or see https://pollinators.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/grasscutting.pdf


Please help to track changes in climate with a new wildlife calendar

The National Biodiversity Data Centre, with support from the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, recently launched the Farmers’ Wildlife Calendar for 2022: Climate Tracker. Research suggests that there will be an increase in temperatures and rainfall in Ireland as a result of climate change. Any change to our climate will disrupt the emergence time of insects, flowering of plants and arrival of migrant species, such as the swallows. Farmers and other landowners can help by submitting records on the first occurrences of nine key species within the Wildlife Calendar.   Further details/how to submit records available at https://www.nationalruralnetwork.ie/climate-change-news/tracking-changes-in-climate-through-a-wildlife-calendar/