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Upcoming Events

Climate Change and The West of Ireland

   Global Perspectives – Local Solutions

Here’s our press release about our latest event.

Please sign up and come along….

Headford Environment Group are to host some of the country’s most well-known speakers on the subject of climate change on 16th April in He

adford, Co Galway. The small group has been busy working on the project, which aims to highlight the issue of climate change, with particular reference to the West of Ireland. “We particularly wanted to bring the conference to a community venue in Headford”, says Venetia Mc Ellin, ofthe group, “because we want to highlight the relevance of

climate change to the people of the West of Ireland.” It is designed so that local people, not just academics, can come and listen to what our scientists have to say and find out less reported facts, such as the effects on our biodiversity.

Speakers include Prof John Sweeney, who will give a global overview and predictions regarding the West of Ireland, John Gibbons who will talk on the political commitment to addressing climate change and Anja Murray discussing the effects of climate change on our biodiversity.

Entitled Climate Change and the West of Ireland, Global Perspectives – Local Solutions, the conference will aim to connect with farmers, homemakers, young people and our elders, anyone who wants to find out what we can expect to happen to our climate. However the group doesn’t want it to be all doom and gloom. “We also aim to highlight what we can do about climate change, as individuals and as a community”, says Venetia. “We hope to finish the afternoon by inviting some local people to tell us what they are doing in their own lives to combat climate change or create a sustainable lifestyle, and share their ideas with us”.

The event will run from 10.30am until 4.00pm and will be held in St Fursa’s Hall, Headford (opposite Joyce’s) on April 16th.

More details can be found on Facebook ‘Headford Environment Group’ and our event page Climate Change and the West of Ireland. The event is funded by Agenda 21 funding and is free to all, but the group is asking you to sign up in advance where possible so that they have an idea of the numbers.

You can register here  Climate Change and West of Ireland

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 Autumn Talks Are Back!
Dermot Breen, Conservation Ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, will give a talk on the Connemara Raven on Wednesday 11 November at 8pm, in the Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford.  Dermot has been monitoring breeding Ravens in the Connemara area for several years now.  Part of this monitoring work includes visiting Raven nests and placing colour rings on the chicks so that they may be identified later on in their lives. This promises to be a very interesting evening with some great photos and we are really looking forward to it.  
 
This talk is part of Headford Environment Group’s autumn 2015 lecture series; admittance is free, all are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.’
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Liam Lysaght to Talk on his Wild Ireland Tour
Fans of RTE’s Eco Eye will have followed Liam around the country on his bicycle last year, as he set about exploring our SACs all over the country. The aim of his Wild Ireland Tour was to show us a positive story of our wildlife and highlighting just how valuable these areas are to us. Now Liam has been invited to Headford to tell us about his journey and share his exploits along the way.
Headford Environment Group have asked Lysaght, Director of the National Biodiversity Date Centre to talk on Wed 18th March at 8pm, as part of their Spring talk series taking place in the Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford.  He will be showing slides and no doubt telling stories about his experience in an effort to encourage more of us to value the areas of Ireland which are designated as being special  areas of protection or SACs.  
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Liam and Bella Lysaght

Spring is nearly here, and so are our Spring Talks!

We are delighted to invite you to the first of three Spring talks for 2015
Blackbird
Gardening with Biodiversity in Mind

by Kay Synott of Living Gardens

As more and more habitats for our native flora and fauna are lost, gardens are becoming important havens for wildlife. This illustrated talk will show how to make a beautiful garden that is also wildlife friendly and how to garden in an environmentally sustainable way. Topics will include selecting suitable plants to attract insects like bees and butterflies, how to make a bird-friendly garden and how to include meadows, ponds and hedgerows in a garden setting.

Kay Synott (http://www.livinggardens.ie) is a qualified horticulturalist, school gardening specialist (working under the ‘Heritage in Schools Scheme’) and garden designer with a particular emphasis on organic and wildlife gardening. Kay has won several awards for her school garden projects.

She gives gardening courses and workshops and is also involved in community garden projects and environmental education in County Galway and City. She is a member of the Brigit’s Garden environmental education team working mostly with primary school children.

Hope you can make it along! All welcome!
Admission is free, but as usual we would welcome donations.
On 18th February, 2015 at 8pm  Angler’s Rest, Headford
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From Falcons to Owls

Thursday 4th December, 2014@ 8pm

Headford Environment Group to Host a Talk by Well-known Ornithologist, John Lusby.

The locally-based environment group has been working in Headford for 4 years now, and aims to increase environmental awareness and appreciation of our natural heritage. “While we normally hold a series of talks in the Autumn, this year‘s three biodiversity signs and Golden Mile entry have kept us extremely busy” said Venetia McEllin, a member of the group. “However, we are delighted to welcome back one of our most popular speakers for December”.

John Lusby, a conservation officer with Birdwatch Ireland, who is most known for his work on RTE Radio 1, drew a large crowd of all ages when he last visited Headford. This time he will be speaking on the raptors of Galway, “From Falcons to Owls”.

John Lusby’s talk takes place on Thursday 4th December at 8pm in the Angler’s Rest Hotel, Headford. Everyone is welcome, there will be a raffle on the night, and while admittance is free, donations towards the group’s work will be very welcome.

GORDON D’ARCY TO LAUNCH A BIRD IDENTIFICATION SIGN AT

GREENFIELD,  HEADFORD CO GALWAY

ON SUNDAY 11 MAY AT 7.00 AM

Gordon D’Arcy, author, artist and environmentalist, will officially launch a Bird Identification Sign on Sunday 11 May at 7.00 am, following a dawn chorus walk, starting at 5.30 am, at Greenfield, Headford.

This sign was planned by the Headford Environment Group. following  a most enjoyable dawn chorus event at Greenfield in May 2013, when a total of 33 different species of bird were identified. The sign depicts and describes 21 species of bird which may be seen at Greenfield.  “The aim of the sign is to raise awareness and provide information about the rich bird life and biodiversity in the area” said Dr Kate McAney of the Headford Environment Group, “and we are delighted to have Gordon D’Arcy coming to mark the occasion”.

The sign also features information on fishing at Greenfields, a description of the bird life to be found, and personal recollections of life on Inchiquin before the Causeway was built in the 1960s.

This project is part funded under Galway County Council’s Local Agenda 21 Environment Partnership Fund 2013.

Refreshments will be available for all those brave souls who set the early morning alarm to come and join us.

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Water Pollution – Causes, Effects and Solutions

The second of our Autumn 2013 talks is on the subject of:

WATER POLLUTION –

CAUSES, EFFECTS AND SOLUTIONS

a talk by Con McCole

at 8pm on

 Wed 20 November, 2013

in the

Angler’s Rest Hotel, Headford

Admittance free – everyone welcome

Autumn Talks 2013

Biodiversity Report for Headford

On 10th December, the third  and final talk of the Autumn 2013 series, will be a report from a recent biodiversity study carried out in the town of Headford.

An exciting learning opportunity arose for  11 postgraduate students at NUIG to carry out surveys of the biodiversity found along the Sandybanks lane for Headford Environmental Group and the local community. The students carried out habitat mapping, and recorded plants and animals along stretches of the lane. The students are undertaking a taught MSc in Sustainable Resource Management Policy and Practice which is a multidisciplinary course jointly run by NUIG and UL.

Thanks to the students, who have kindly agreed to share their findings, we are delighted to welcome you to join us to hear the results of their work. Who knows, there may even be a mince pie or two….

10th December at 8pm in Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford.

All Welcome!

Here’s a taster of what they found….

One of our residents.

One or two of our Headford residents.

Wood Mouse

‘The story of a Community Garden in Co. Galway’    by  Lynn O’Keeffe-Lascar,

 A Galway woman, Lynn studied commercial organic vegetable production at Otley College of Agriculture in Suffolk in 1996.
Having worked on commercial organic farms in Ireland and Italy for several years, she now lives in Kinvara on the Clare /Galway border, where she is married with 3 children.
In Kinvara Lynn helped to set up a local community garden in 2005 with a group of  volunteers and support from the Heritage Council – namely Doorus Orchard Project. This community orchard, where she works as garden manager in a voluntary capacity, is in a walled in garden, and planted up with 70 heritage fruit trees & a wide range of soft fruits, and contains vegetable gardens, poly tunnels, a picnic area, an outdoor oven,  biodiversity garden and ornamental plantings.
Lynn has a great interest in the benefits of community gardening, and has helped other groups get started, particularly Kilkishin in County Clare with funding from Clare Rural Development. She also writes a regular article on wildlife gardening for WINGS , the Birdwatch Ireland quarterly magazine.
Since 2009, in partnership with Anna Jeffrey Gibson, Lynn worked with Kinvara Sustainable Living, as an outreach horticulturist. They teach courses in fruit and vegetable growing, polytunnel culture and poultry keeping. Kinvara Sustainable Living runs day courses, evening classes,  transition year programmes for secondary school, and VEC funded courses. The talk will take place in The Angler’s Rest Hotel, Headford Co. Galway,  on 17th Oct @ 8 pm. Admission free. Donations welcome. Open to all. Further talks are to follow in November and December.

Autumn Talks 2013

Biodiversity Report for Headford

On 10th December, the third  and final talk of the Autumn 2013 series, will be a report from a recent biodiversity study carried out in the town of Headford.

An exciting learning opportunity arose for  11 postgraduate students at NUIG to carry out surveys of the biodiversity found along the Sandybanks lane for Headford Environmental Group and the local community. The students carried out habitat mapping, and recorded plants and animals along stretches of the lane. The students are undertaking a taught MSc in Sustainable Resource Management Policy and Practice which is a multidisciplinary course jointly run by NUIG and UL.

Thanks to the students, who have kindly agreed to share their findings, we are delighted to welcome you to join us to hear the results of their work. Who knows, there may even be a mince pie or two….

10th December at 8pm in Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford.

All Welcome!

Here’s a taster of what they found….

One of our residents.

One or two of our Headford residents.

Wood Mouse

 

 

 

 

‘The story of a Community Garden in Co. Galway’    by  Lynn O’Keeffe-Lascar,

 A Galway woman, Lynn studied commercial organic vegetable production at Otley College of Agriculture in Suffolk in 1996.
Having worked on commercial organic farms in Ireland and Italy for several years, she now lives in Kinvara on the Clare /Galway border, where she is married with 3 children.
In Kinvara Lynn helped to set up a local community garden in 2005 with a group of  volunteers and support from the Heritage Council – namely Doorus Orchard Project. This community orchard, where she works as garden manager in a voluntary capacity, is in a walled in garden, and planted up with 70 heritage fruit trees & a wide range of soft fruits, and contains vegetable gardens, poly tunnels, a picnic area, an outdoor oven,  biodiversity garden and ornamental plantings.
Lynn has a great interest in the benefits of community gardening, and has helped other groups get started, particularly Kilkishin in County Clare with funding from Clare Rural Development. She also writes a regular article on wildlife gardening for WINGS , the Birdwatch Ireland quarterly magazine.
Since 2009, in partnership with Anna Jeffrey Gibson, Lynn worked with Kinvara Sustainable Living, as an outreach horticulturist. They teach courses in fruit and vegetable growing, polytunnel culture and poultry keeping. Kinvara Sustainable Living runs day courses, evening classes,  transition year programmes for secondary school, and VEC funded courses. The talk will take place in The Angler’s Rest Hotel, Headford Co. Galway,  on 17th Oct @ 8 pm. Admission free. Donations welcome. Open to all. Further talks are to follow in November and December.

Spring Talks 2013

Spring Talks 2013

‘Leather Wings and Bushy Tails’ by Dr. Kate McAney

Wednesday, 20th March 2013 at 8pm in the Angler’s Rest Hotel

Following the success of our talk on Barn Owls, we are delighted to present this talk on bats, stoats and pine martens. Our speaker, works for the Vincent Wildlife Trust, and is a member of our group.

Kate has worked for the Trust in Ireland since 1991. She manages 13 lesser horseshoe bat reserves located along the west coast, from Mayo in the north to Kerry in the south. Since 2010, she has run pilot studies on the Irish stoat in County Galway. She promotes mammal conservation and research through lectures, bat walks and publications. Kate completed her PhD at University College, Galway, on the summer activity of the lesser horseshoe bat. She has a particular interest in the diet of insectivorous bats; her most recent study was on Bechstein’s bat. Kate was a founder member of the Galway Bat Group and is a committee member of Bat Conservation Ireland. Office: Headford, County Galway.

‘Irish Bumble Bees’ by Dr Una Fitzpatrick.

Wednesday, 24th April, 2013 at 8.pm in the Angler’s Rest Hotel.

Our final talk for this Spring will be given by Dr Una Fitzpatrick, Ecologist with the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

Bees are Ireland’s most important pollinators and provide a vital ecological and economic service to society. However of the 101 different species of bee that occur in Ireland, around 30 are threatened with extinction and three have become extinct over the last 80 years.

Everyone is welcome. Our talks are free, but any donations given on the night are used for projects of the Headford Environment Group.

Biodiversity Training in Headford

Biodiversity Training for local communities that will start in Headford on Thursday January 17th at 7.30pm in the Angler’s Rest Hotel. This training should be of interest to a wide range of people including farmers, anglers, tidy towns groups, environmental groups, teachers, group water schemes and anyone with an interest in nature, the environment and community development.

All welcome!

INVASIVE PLANTS AND ANIMALS IN IRELAND TODAY THEIR EFFECT ON OUR ENVIRONMENT

On 19th April, we are pleased to present our second Spring talk. We welcome Elaine O’Riordan who is the Manager for the Galway County Biodiversity Project ‘People and Nature’. Biodiversity simply means the great variety of life in nature including all the different plants, animals and habitats.  The aim of the project is to encourage greater awareness and care for the biodiversity of County Galway.

Invasive species are the second greatest threat to biodiversity after habitat loss. Elaine will discuss the problem with invasive plant and animal species in general and describe  some of the main pest alien species in County Galway.

The talk will take place in the Angler’s Rest Hotel, Headford at 8pm on Thursday 19th April. There will be no charge for admittance but donations will be requested on the night. Any funds raised will go towards future Environment Group projects.

All welcome!