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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.
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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.