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MAY 2014

Saturday 3rd May 2014

Tea On The Bog

Bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon at Griston Bog with fun for everyone as part of the May bank holiday Ballyhoura Walking festival.  We will be leading a 20 minute guided nature walk (leaving every half hour from 3pm until 5pm). See if you can spot the Heath Bumblebee, an increasingly rare bumblebee that likes bogs! Enjoy pond-dipping and bird-watching – nets and binoculars provided by Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom.  Get close to the birds and animals brought along by Animal Magic and of course … enjoy … tea on the bog! Ordinary shoes / trainers are adequate as the trail is a boardwalk throughout. Walk is level and wheelchair accessible.  Come prepared for the weather although there is shelter on the bog if it should rain during your picnic!

Phone 063 91576 during work hours or email[email protected]

Please let us know you are coming.

Location: Griston Bog Ballyhoura Outdoor Classroom,

1km from Ballylanders, Limerick

(take turning off main street at McDermotts Pub)

Cost:        FREE

Thursday 8th May

Pollinator Monitoring Workshop

Training for people with a keen interest in wildlife who would like to monitor bumblebees and butterflies. The person needs to be able to volunteer two hours each week during the summer to counting bumblebees and butterflies in their local area. The data will be used to monitor these insects and their response to changes in Limerick and nationally. Full training and support provided by the National Biodiversity Data Centre in association with the Limerick’s Buzzing Project.

Booking is essential.

Phone 063 91576 during work hours or email [email protected]

Location: University of Limerick, time to be confirmed but will be during the day.

Cost:         Free

Thomas Street garden …. During the month of June take a rest at our wild bee themed art garden in the heart of Limerick City. The garden is designed by Mary Conroy of WildRoutes and will be created in collaboration with school children.

Online showcase …. As Limerick gets buzzing, this website will showcase the conservation efforts of communities, schools and individuals in Limerick city and county.

Practical info and advice ….. This website will be full of tips on how to help Ireland’s wild bees. There will be plans for habitats and planting advice.

Children’s activities ….  Educational activities combining art, science and wild bees will be developed and provided on-line for pre-schools and national school classes.

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