A series of nature walks and talks have been organised by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to celebrate Biodiversity Day (22nd May) and the International Year of Biodiversity.


All events are free and open to members of the public.


Saturday 15th May: A bat walk in Cabinteely Park – join the Council’s Biodiversity Officer and Paul Scott, Bat Conservation Ireland, in a walk around the park to observe bats. Meet at 9.15pm outside Cabinteely House (bring warm clothing – booking essential).


Thursday 20th May: An evening nature walk along the River Dodder to examine the native flora and fauna of the river and adjacent land. The walk will be led by Mary Tubridy who recently completed a biodiversity survey of the River for DLRCC. Meet in the car park of the Dropping Well Pub, Milltown Road, at 5.30pm.


Saturday 22nd May (11am): Rockpooling at Sandycove – join Andrew Fleming from OWLS (Outdoor, Wildlife, Learning and Survival) to explore the plants and animals along the rocky shore. Meet at 11am at the coastal access point on Sandycove Avenue East.


Saturday 22nd May (2pm): A scavenger hunt in Marlay Park – join Andrew Flemming from OWLS in a scavenger hunt around the park. Meet at 2pm outside Marlay House.


Saturday 22nd May: A bird walk on Killiney Hill – join BirdWatch Ireland South Dublin Branch, on a walk around the hill to view wild birds in the area. Meet in the car park off Dalkey Avenue at 8.30am.


Sunday 9th & 31st May, and 13th June (11am and 2pm): A Nature Walk around Scotsman’s Bay – with Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland and John Kenny. Meet at People’s Park gate opposite the old baths.


For more information or to book a place on the bat walk, contact Mary Toomey, Biodiversity Officer on (01) 205-4773. Also, keep an eye out for future events during July and August that will be advertised as part of our Summer of Heritage Programme.


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