Saturday 13th at 2.30 pm

Rathfarnham Bridge, Dublin 14

Meet historian Rob Goodbody for a historic walk along the banks of the Dodder through the ages of milling on the river then meet ecologist Tim Clabon at Packhorse Bridge for a talk on the wildlife on the river.

Barbecue on riverbank to follow.

A fundraiser for Dodder Action, five euros per adult on walk and 10 euros including barbecue, kids free.

See here for details

Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean weekend

19th, 20th and 21st of September

Clean Coasts are teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy in September for the International Coastal Cleanup event, Big Beach Clean. Last year 645,015 volunteers in 92 countries removed 5,580 tonnes of marine litter from the world’s oceans.

If you would like to join the movement for litter free seas and be part of the world’s largest coastal cleanup event and marine litter survey then please register now! Once you have registered Clean Coasts will send you your Big Beach Clean kit which includes an information pack, bags, gloves, litter pickers, posters and marine litter survey cards!

Spread the word #BigBeachClean

Whale Watch Ireland 2014

Sunday, 24 August 2.00- 5.00pm

Record numbers of whale sightings along the Irish coast so far this year are a good sign for Whale Watch Ireland 2014

This annual, all-island event, organized by the IWDG in association with Inis Cologne is free and open to all. All whale watches are land-based and will be led by experienced IWDG personnel, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly seen cetacean species seen in Irish waters and will be available to answer any questions you may have on the work of the IWDG.

For more information click here


Saturday 23rd August

Lifetime Lab at Old Cork Waterworks

Time: 11.00-16.00

Admission is FREE

On Saturday the 23rd August in Cork there is a Water Heritage Open Day as part of National Heritage Week. Throughout the day visitors are encouraged to become environmental detectives while investigating our interactive exhibits, discover the engineering trail around the old Victorian waterworks, participate in hands on experiments at the learning zone and experience birds of prey up close. Fun activities are planned for ages including creating giant bubbles, launching water rockets, hook a duck, face painting and lots more.We have an outdoor playground and garden,onsite coffee dock and indoor seating area.

Coastwatch Survey 2014

15th September -15th October

The Coastwatch Survey is designed to give an overview of the state of the coast. It involves volunteers from all walks of life checking their chosen 500m stretch of coast (survey unit) once around low tide, and jotting observations down on the survey questionnaire while on the shore.

Click here for further details

EPA National Water Event -Save the date

The EPA will be holding its National Water Event on the 11 & 12th of June 2014 in Galway. The event programme, registration and venue details have yet to be announced. This information wil be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Law and the Environment Conference 201412th Annual Conference for Environmental Professionals

Integrated Approaches to Environmental
Law and Regulation

UCC Thursday 3rd April 2014

To view the conference brochure click Here


The 24th Irish Environmental Researchers’ Colloquium, ENVIRON 2014, will be held in Trinity College Dublin, from Wednesday to Friday 26th-28th February, 2014.

For further information and to view the programme and register click here

SWAN All-Ireland Marine Strategy Framework Directive Workshop

The Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) will be holding a  workshop for all Irish and Northern Irish environmental NGOs on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) on the 29th of January 2014, in the Central Hotel Dublin

The aim of this event is to increase understanding and build capacity within the environmental NGO sector regarding the MSFD – its strengths weaknesses and potential; to explore synergies between eNGOs in Ireland and Northern Ireland regarding work on the Directive and to discuss and refine recommendations made in the 2013 SWAN report, The Marine Strategy Framework Directive in Ireland: Requirements, Implications & Opportunities for Environmentally Sustainable Management of our Marine Waters.

Because Member States are required to draw up MSFD monitoring programmes by next July 2014, the focus of the morning session will look at this element of the directive, in particular, on refining our recommendations on it, in the context of an all-Ireland approach.  We will also look at the Initial Assessment and compare the status of this in both jurisdictions. In the afternoon we are going to have a more forward looking session, discussing how we would like to see marine management being developed (including the possibility of a Marine Management Agency) and also how this should be done in co-operation with Northern Ireland.

This will be a great opportunity to meet colleagues working on marine matters from north and south of the border and to explore common goals for the MSFD for the island of Ireland (and our seas!)

Further information, and a detailed agenda for the day will be circulated shortly.  If you have any queries or if there is anything in particular you would like to see addressed on the day, Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the SWAN office.

For further information, or to get a copy of our MSFD report, please contact or 01-6425583.

UK and Ireland Lakes Network Annual Symposium

Symposium Details:

Dates: Thursday October 3rd 2013 – Symposium & Friday October 4th 2013 Wicklow Field Trip

Location: Stillorgan Park Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Accommodation: UKILN and the EPA have secured special delegate rates for this Symposium.

Registration: Registration is complimentary and includes tea/coffee breaks and lunch.

UKILN Website & Symposium Programme is here.

Symposium – Thursday October 3rd 2013:
Compliance with EEC directives is not the only need for lakes. Local communities and economies rely on good, sustainable watershed management. Whether you are a regulator, Agency NGO or just an individual with a passion for keeping lakes clean, this symposium provides an eclectic mix of the presentations from the leading practitioners in lake management across the UK and Ireland. As environmental delivery progressively moves towards partnership approaches, this symposium brings together those wanting to develop partnerships and those who benefit from expanding their professional network.
Symposium Papers Include: Lakes and power generation, Lakes and their catchments – Restoring water quality, Global Nature Fund and Living Lakes Network, Genetics of trout stocks in Irish catchments – the management Implications and more.

Field Trip - Friday October 4th 2013:
Our trip will take us through a landscape of outstanding beauty within a special area of conservation; Wicklow National Park touching on many lakes which have a variety of uses and items of interest.  The trip will include lunch and is subject to changes.

The trip will begin with Lough Dan & Lough Tay enroute to Glendalough.  Famous for its beauty and use in filming for movies and documentaries, these lakes are on our route towards the National Park and towards Glendalough.

Glendalough – the name Glendalough means ‘valley of two lakes’ and is an area of outstanding beauty as well as of cultural, spiritual and historical significance.  The 2 lakes are simply named, Upper Lake and Lower Lake, Glendalough; both are Water Framework Directive lakes and the former, which once had a population of Char, is on the monitoring programme.

Blessington Lakes/ Poulaphuca Reservoir - this  is a monitored Water Framework Directive heavily modified water body which is a drinking water source serving Dublin and a popular amenity area for fishing, boating and walking with an Adventure Centre on its shores.

Turlough Hill - is a fort-like man-made reservoir and is an Electricity Supply Board (ESB) pumped storage hydro-electric station. It is one of two Artificial Water bodies identified under the Characterisation Report for the Water Framework Directive.

Lough Nahanagan - is a corrie lake that has been transformed into the lower lake of the Turlough Hill hydroelectric power plant. It is a designated heavily modified water body under the Water Framework Directive but it is unmonitored.

SWAN Members contact the SWAN Office if you are interested in attending

Ireland Environment Conference 2013

Croke Park 12th September

Environment Ireland, now in its ninth year, is Ireland’s major annual conference on environmental policy and management. The conference is organised in association with the EPA and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. It is attended each year by delegates representing all the main sectors with an interest in Ireland’s environment, and provides an important opportunity for all the key players in the environment sector to come together for networking and discussion.

For further details click here

Heritage Week Event at Bog Of Allen Nature Centre

Celebrate Heritage Week with the Irish Peatlands Conservation Council

On Sunday the 18th August the Bog of Allen Nature centre will be celebrating National Heritage Week. From 2-5pm the centre will be open for visitors to explore the peatland heritage of Ireland. The museum takes in all aspects of peatlands from the use of peat as a domestic fuel for heating and cooking in the home to the variety of wildlife found on the wet and wild habitat of Ireland’s peatlands. The wildlife gardens will be open to discover how you might enhance the wildlife in your own garden and how you can choose to garden without peat.

There will also be a talk on IPCC’s on-going ecohydrolgy study of Lodge Bog to include a visit to the study site with Conservation Officer Tadhg Ó Corcora. This method of study, involving analysis of the links between hydrological functioning and surface ecology, is now considered best practice and has been recommended to be carried out on all raised bogs of conservation concern in the country. It involves detailed analysis of the current hydrological state of the bog, both at the surface and lower in the groundwater system, which allows for mapping of the historical plant assemblages as well as today’s ecosystem functioning within the bog habitat.

Through analyzing what is going on below the ground can we get an insight into what the surface we see everyday has done historically and what it is likely to do into the future!

For further information contact 045-860133 or e-mail This event is supported by Kildare County Council under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme.

Launch of Lollymore Island Looped Walk

In the middle of the bog a new looped walk has been developed. Lullymore Island is a rock that hasn’t been swallowed by the bog. Hidden on the island and in the bog, there are lots of stories waiting to be told; stories about the island and the bogs, its wildlife and history. The walk connects all these stories. Come and see it for yourself!
The Lullymore Island looped walk is being launched on Sunday 21st July at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Kildare. Special guest of the day is His Excellency Mr Paul Schellekens, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ireland. The day is led by Leonie Tijsma, Forestry and Nature Conservation student of the Van Hall-Larenstein University in the Netherlands, who has developed the walk as part of her study and in liaison with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC).
Time table:
2:00pm – Centre opens, tea and coffee
2:15pm – Welcome, short explanation of the afternoon
2:30pm – Presentation about the Lullymore Island looped walk
3:00pm – Guided tour on part of the looped walk (appr. 3.5 km), Guided tours in the museum and garden, Pond dipping for children
4:30pm – Tea and coffee

Sunday 21st July. Meet at Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare. If you want to attend the walk, please bring your walking boots or wellies, and rain gear in case of wet weather. For more information or to book your place on this free event, please contact the IPCC using or telephone 045-860133

Coastwatch Workshop- Tackling Marine Litter

Implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive:

Tackling Marine Litter with Drinks Containers Case study

Monday May 27th 2013   Trinity College Dublin 9 am – 4 pm  followed by reception

This workshop aims to

  • Provide an overview of marine litter monitoring and reduction targets on the island of Ireland in the context of implementing the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
  • Explore and agree how to achieve full public participation in MSFD on the marine litter topic.
  • Exchange information on waste management and marine litter avoidance initiatives
  • Bring forward solutions to some marine litter problems, taking the drinks container deposit on return as case study for financial incentives, green jobs and a significant litter reduction.
  • Inform and facilitate exchange of experience on avoiding new marine litter, products and materials which turn into problem marine litter.

View the workshop programme at Coastwatch Marine Litter workshop Dublin May 27 th

Registration Fee: 30 euro including refreshments. Concession 10 euro, including those who participated in the litter poll. Registration form is available here.

Coastwatch is carrying out an opinion poll on ways to tackle drinks container litter. You are likely to be among those who  buy a bottle, can or tetra pack  occasionally and  even more likely to have been irritated by the empties littering shores and road sides. So  what is your view on tackling this?

There are only 3 drinks questions in the poll  - please click litter poll to respond. Thanks a  mill!

Further information: Karin Dubsky Coastwatch tel 00 353 86 8111 684, or Maxime Masini

Working Together for Biodiversity Conference

Date: 9.30am – 4.00pm 1st May 2013
Location: Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, County Louth

Action for Biodiversity Project is hosting a one-day conference about working positively together to achieve more for people and nature. The conference will explore biodiversity policy and practice at a European, National and Regional level. The conference aims to bring together a range of international and national speakers to share their experiences, demonstrate what collaboration and working together has achieved and can achieve for biodiversity. People who are recommended to attend are: Representatives from Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Third Level Institutes, NGO’s, Associations and individuals interested in biodiversity.

This workshop is free to attend. Register at

An Taisce National Spring Clean

Month of April 2013

National Spring Clean is Ireland’s most popular, well recognised and successful anti-litter initiative. Now in its 15th year, the campaign encourages every sector of society to actively participate and take responsibility for litter, by actually conducting clean-ups in their own local environment. National Spring Clean traditionally takes place throughout the month of April.

For further details on how to take part and visit the website here


Wednesday 10th April- Croke Park Conference Centre

The European Commission proposals for a new CAP were intended to make this policy greener and fairer. After one and a half years of negotiations the Irish Presidency is willing to find an agreement between the Council and the European Parliament and Commission. At the same time concerns are growing that this new CAP will not only fail to be greener but might even be going backwards in terms of impact on the environment.
This  conference will represent a timely opportunity to exchange views on the latest developments in the Parliament and Council with a focus on the key role the Irish Presidency will play in trying to seal the deal and that it will be a tailored platform to debate whether the original purpose and ambition of the reform can still be secured and how. This conference will also be the support for the launching of a study EEB commissioned to the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) which assesses the use of equivalence
mechanisms for complying with greening requirements under the new CAP.

Registration is free. To register for this conference click here.

To view the programme click Draft Programme EEB conference in Ireland 02-04

ECO-UNESCO – Celebrate World Water Day 2013 22nd March

To mark World Water Day and highlight that 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation,  ECO-UNESCO, Progressio Ireland and Engineers Without Borders, in the spirit of water co-operation, are jointly organising World Water Day. This event will take place in Dublin and will celebrate the value of water for human life and its fundamental role for peace and sustainable development.

To celebrate this special day we are inviting teachers and TY students to join us on Friday, March 22nd, between 10.00 and 12.30am at a convenient Dublin city centre venue (tbc) to discuss, explore and embrace water issues relevant here in Ireland and around the world.

We have a number of exciting activities planned for the event.


10.00am Welcome and opening address (Details of our inspirational speaker will be announced shortly)

10.20am Students split into three groups and are introduced to the workshops. The groups will take part in 2 workshops (45 minutes each).

10.30am – 12.00pm Workshops

12.00pm – 12.30pm Introduction of Water Challenge and closing of event

For more information visit their website here

Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2013

The 2013 Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists will cover a wide range of topics with specific focus in the morning session on ‘recent advances in freshwater fish biology’. Advance registration and payment of the €15 non-refundable booking fee is necessary click here

To see the programme list click here
Date: Friday, 8th of March 2013
Location: University College Cork
Cost: €15

Estimating the effects of land-use and catchment characteristics on lake water quality: Irish lakes 2004-2009

by John Curtis and Edgar Morgenroth (ESRI & TCD)

to be delivered


Thursday 7th February 2013 at 6.00 pm

at the

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Abstract:  This paper attributes the variation in water quality across Irish lakes to a range of contributory factors such as human population, septic tanks, urban waste water treatment, phosphorous excreted by livestock, as well as catchment soil and geology. Both linear and non-linear quadratic models were estimated in the analysis, which attempts to account for point and non-point sources of pollution affecting water quality in 216 lake catchments. The models show a clear link between activities within lake catchments (e.g. agriculture, population, etc.) and lake water quality, finding that the relationship is neither simple nor linear. The analysis also shows that it is important to account properly for the type of and intensity of land-use particularly in relation to agriculture.

for full paper click here

Non-members are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion

Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists 2013

Organising committee: Dr. Simon Harrison (UCC), Pascal Sweeney (Sweeney Consultancy), Dr. Mary Kelly-Quinn (UCD), Dr. Ian Donohue (TCD), Dr. Eugenie Regan (National Biodiversity Data Centre), Maria Walsh (National Biodiversity Data Centre). The 2013 Annual Meeting of Irish Freshwater Biologists will cover a wide range of topics with specific focus in the morning session on ‘recent advances in freshwater fish biology’. Advance registration and payment of the €15 non-refundable booking fee is necessary at:
If you’d like to give a presentation on your research please email a title and abstract (150 words) to by the 22nd of January 2013.
Date: Friday, 8th of March 2013
Location: University College Cork
Cost: €15

Cork Environmental Forum Annual Environmental Awards Event 2012
Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon, Cork City
13th December 2012  7pm – 9.30pm

For more information please click here

Marine Litter Clean Up at Causeway at Bull Island UNESCO Biosphere

There is a marine litter clean-up  event which will be taking place on the 17th May (meeting at 10 am at Interpretative Centre Bull Island). The aim is to collect marine litter still effecting salt marshes at the Causeway end. Litter collected on the day will be re-used for artwork activities “Children Transform Marine Litter to Art Bull Island UNESCO Biosphere Reserve” during Battle for the Bay event (24-25th May). There will be also a short talk regarding Bull Island wildlife on Saturday at 2:30. Everybody is welcome to come and support both events. More information can be found on DCC web (please see link below).

BirdWatch Ireland seeks volunteers to help find nesting Curlews

The Curlew may be facing extinction as an Irish breeding bird. We need volunteers to help locate pairs during this year’s nesting season, which runs from April to July. At present, we have no clear idea of how many pairs remain; there may be as few as 100. Curlews often nest in remote uplands or bogs and so can be hard to find, but we plan to survey areas where we have previous reports. If you can take on an area to survey, please email Anita Donaghy at Full details and training will be provided.

Marine Protected Area Conference

The Marine Group of the Environmental Pillar invites you to a

MPA Conference on March 24th 2014, 11.30 am – 5.30 pm.

Delivering a Coherent Network of Marine Protected Areas

and using them as a Tool in Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management.

kindly hosted by

The EC representation in Ireland, European Union House, 18 Dawson St, Dublin 2

Conference Objectives:

  • To raise awareness of MPAs and their legal context in Marine law, especially the MSFD
  • To update: What is happening already in the EU and around the NWWRAC area
  • To explore what MPAs can deliver for fisheries and how
  • To discuss, through engagement with stakeholders, what next steps are required

The programme is available here.

To register please email: Erin Bucci (

Frog Survey in Cork Volunteers Needed

The Cork branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust is carrying out a survey of frogs across county Cork.

The Irish Wildlife Trust Cork Branch is conducting a survey in rural and urban areas of Cork to learn more about the distribution and preferred habitats of the Common frog.  The surveying will start in the spring when frogs start to spawn. The surveys will continue to be undertaken through each stage of the frogs development and finishes in the Autumn when frogs have mated and rest up for the winter.

The Cork Branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust is asking for YOUR help. Volunteers are needed  to assist with the survey. To find our more it is important to attend one of their training sessions in one of four locations: Fermoy, Bantry, Fota Wildlife Park and Millstreet.

This is an opportunity for surveyors to learn a new skill, meet like-minded people and take part in an important project. It is open for everyone. It is also free to attend.  It is a fun event and the Cork Branch would like everyone who participates to enjoy the survey. Please note that parents must accompany young children throughout the survey process.  This survey is funded by Fota Wildlife Park and managed by the Cork Branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust.

Training sessions are listed below:

1. Sunday 23rd Feb 3:00-5:30pm at Fota Wildlife Park, Carraigtwohill, County Cork.

2. Monday 24th Feb 6:30-8:00pm in Millstreet Enterprise Centre, The Square, Millstreet, Country


3. Monday 3rd March. Fermoy 7:00-8.30pm in Fermoy Community Resource Centre, 42 McCurtain St,

Fermoy, County Cork.

4. Tuesday 4th March. 7:00-8.30pm in Bantry Resource Centre, Bantry, County Cork.

To reserve a place or for further information contact: or ring Katriona on 0872106373

Coastwatch Survey All Ireland Results Launch Haughton Lecture Theatre, Museum Building TCD, Dublin 2

11am-1pm Jan 15th 2014

The launch will include a summary of Coastwatch autumn 2013 shore survey results with arts contributions. It will be followed by a discussion of results implications in relation to new Marine law (MSFD) and follow up action on high and low light issues. Light lunch refreshments will be provided.

RSVP – Coastwatch, Civil and Env Eng.,

TCD, D 2.

086 8111 684

Consultation Workshop on the Marine Strategy Directive

Monday, 11 November 2013, at the Morrison Hotel, Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin, 1.

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government will shortly publish Ireland’s Report of the Initial Assessment (Article 8); Determination of Good Environmental Status (Article 9) and Establishment of Environmental Targets and associated Indicators (Article 10), drawn up as a requirement of the MSFD.

To download the reports click here

A public consultation process will commence with the publication of the report. To ensure that interested parties are given an opportunity to engage in the implementation of the Directive, you and/or a representative(s), are invited to attend a consultation workshop on the Initial Assessment.  To take full advantage of the opportunity to discuss the implementation of the Directive, you are also invited to an Information Workshop on Monitoring which will take place in the afternoon at the same venue and on the same date. This will be an open discussion and exchange of information and ideas on the development of a monitoring programme required under Article 11 of the MSFD.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided at the event, but travel and other out of pocket expenses will be borne by individual attendees



1000 – 1010                     Opening and welcome

1010 – 1030                     MSFD in Context

1030 – 1110                     Initial Assessment Summary Report

1110 – 1140                     Ireland’s Marine Atlas

1140 – 1230                     Discussion

Information Workshop – Monitoring Programme

1400 – 1420                     Monitoring Overview

1420 – 1440                     Marine Natura

1440 – 1500       Marine Fisheries Monitoring – MSFD Opportunities

1500 – 1530                     Marine Environmental Monitoring

1530 – 1630                     Discussion

Royal Canal Clean Up and Celebration
Saturday October 12th 2013- Irish Wildlife Trust Dublin Branch
On October 12th, the Royal Canal Day is happening along the banks of Dublin’s Royal Canal. It’s going to be a vibrant, fun, family friendly day along the banks of the canal.
It begins with a massive-scale clean-up along the length of the Royal Canal from the city centre all the way out to Blanchardstown – a distance of 10km! Then, in the afternoon, we have a range of events of events designed to highlight the history and natural beauty of the royal canal.For this wonderful day, organised by the Dublin City North Volunteer Centre among others, the Irish Wildlife Trust – Dublin Branch is joining up and bringing a team along. We have a section assigned to us and need your help to get it done! Sign up today and help us make our city a prettier, tidier, cleaner and more wildlife friendly place!

As if that wasnt enough, there are even a number of great fun events to be enjoyed as your reward afterwards! Its a party – bring your friends!

2pm – Family Friendly Walk w/ Botanist Declan Doogue- Meeting at Des Kelly Carpets at Cross Guns Bridge, Phibsborough
2pm – Pat Liddy Walking Tour- Meeting at Charleville Mall, off North Strand Road
4pm- Social Cycle along the Canal w/ Dublin Cycling Campaign- Meeting at Cross Guns Bridge, Phibsborough; bring your own bike!

Email to let us know you’re coming and for details on our section!

Pelagic Magic
Saturday September 21st, 2013 12:00 PM

IMG_0448aDate: September 21st

Time: 12:00

Duration: 4 hours

Price: €35 per person

Subject to sea conditions.

Suitable for children over 8 years old.

Places are limited. Please register by sending an email to or call the IWT office at 01-8602839

In September and October, Minke Whales are commonly seen and, occasionally, Fin Whales are spotted around Loop Head – feeding on the shoals of sprat and herring, coming into the Mouth of the Shannon.

Join the IWT on an exciting excursion to look for these awe-inspiring animals. This is an opportunity to witness the magnificent world class geology at Loop Head and its massive, legendary sea-stack and to look for whales, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and ocean going sea birds like shearwaters, skuas and petrels.

7Pelagic Magic is a 4 hour boat trip with Geoff & Sue Magee, Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt, on their classically designed passenger vessel, Draíocht.  This vessel has a high upper deck for good spotting, superb viewing areas all around the boat, with a cabin & toilet.  Geoff and Sue, your guides on this excursion, have over twenty years experience in wildlife watching where Ireland’s greatest river meets the Atlantic Ocean.

All Ireland Whale Watch Day

Want to do something really different at the end of the summer holidays?  Why not take part in All-Ireland whale watch day on Sunday 18th August, by joining the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on one of 16 land-based whale watches from headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00-5:00 pm.  The purpose of whale watch day is to raise awareness of the 24 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales) that have been recorded around the Irish coast, by giving members of the public an opportunity to observe some of these wonderful marine mammals in their natural environment.  This event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast.

This annual, all-island event, organized by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group in association with Inis Cologne is free and open to all.    All whale watches are land-based and will be led by experienced IWDG personnel, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly observed cetacean species seen in Irish waters. Whale Watch Ireland, will once again be part of Heritage Week, co-ordinated by the Heritage Council

You should bring binoculars or a spotting scope and dress appropriately for outdoor conditions.  There are no boat trips involved, and there are of course no guarantees that you will see whales or dolphins during your particular event.  Please contact your local organizer for further details (see below) or visit for the latest information on whale and dolphin sightings and strandings in Irish waters.

Date: Sunday 18th August 2013 @ 2:00-5:00pm
Locations: List of local watch leaders and contact phone numbers:
Howth Head, Co. Dublin, Brian Glanville, Ph. 087 1390665
Killiney Bay, Co. Dublin, Isabel Baker, Ph. 086-4057633
Bray Head, Co. Wicklow, Hannah Keogh, Ph. 087-2819201
Hook Head, Co. Wexford, Deirdre Slevin, Ph. 087-1319001
Ram Head, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, John Goggin, Ph. 087 2766801
Galley Head, Co. Cork, Pádraig Whooley, Ph. 086- 3850568
Clogher Head, Co. Kerry, Nick Massett, Ph. 087-6736341
Kerry Head, Co. Kerry, Joanne O’ Brien, Ph. 086-8657633
Loop Head, Co. Clare, Simon Berrow, Ph. 086-8545450
Black Head, Co. Clare, Sandra O’ Donovan, Ph. 086-6061869
Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo, Caroline Tuffy, Ph. 086-8937072
Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, Fiona Wheeldon, Ph. 087- 9542145
Malin Head, Co. Donegal, Emmett Johnston, Ph. 087-2867055
Ramore Head, Co. Antrim, Alison Archer, Ph. 7518263648
Portmuck, Co. Antrim, Ian Enlander, Ph. 028-93372724
Bloody Bridge, Co. Down, David Williams, Ph. 028-90455784
Cost: Free
Contact: National coordinator:  Pádraig Whooley, Ph.  353 86 385 0568 or email


31st May-2nd June 2013

  • Location: Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork
  • Time: Friday & Saturday: 2 nights
  • Cost: €70 euro (members), €90 euro non members

Each summer since 2001, IWDG has delivered a series of weekend Whale Watching courses on Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork. These weekends offer a unique learning experience on one of Ireland’s most stunning offshore Islands, and comprise a series of indoor lectures, as well as cliff and boat based whale watches. These courses also provide a really good opportunity for sightings of a range of cetacean species ranging in an informal setting. They are ideally suited for anyone interested in learning more about cetaceans, their ecology, and how to observe, identify and record them in Irish waters.


Law and the Environment Conference 2013

Towards Coherent Reform of Environmental Law

Thursday 25th April University College Cork

this year will focus on the theme of Reform of Irish Environmental Law. The Conference Programme contains an extensive list of expert speakers addressing a wide range of topics organized into a number of Specialist Sessions, including:
- Mapping the Future of Environmental Justice;
- Constitutional Reform for Environmental Protection;
- Reform of Energy Policy and Climate Change Law;
- Reform of Marine and Coastal Environmental Law;
- Options for Environmental Enforcement; and
- Options for Imposing Environmental Liability. The conference is aimed at a broad range of environmental professionals, including the legal professions, policy-makers, regulators, industry and environmental interest groups, and provides an opportunity for the dissemination of information on the latest legislative and judicial developments, research results and evolving best practice in the area of Environmental Law, Planning Law and Natural Resources Law.

To view the programme and for registartion details click here

Freshwater Invasives -Networking for Strategy (FINS) Conference9th to 11th April 2013

Galway Bay Hotel and Conference Centre, Salthill, Galway, Ireland

FINS is the Freshwater Invasives – Networking for Strategy conference being hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC). FINS  will address key topics relating to freshwater invasive species and harmful aquatic pathogens.

The primary objective of the conference is to provide a forum where international scientists, policy makers and stakeholders will address designated themes with a view to informing management and policy development in this increasingly important area.

For full information visit the website here

Dodder Action Group Clean Up April 6th

The Dodder Action group are organizing a big clean up day on April 6th 23rd and are appealing to the public for their help in cleaning sections of the river and its surrounding banks and pathways. A preliminary plan in place to clean from the M50 right downstream to Ringsend and if they get enough support even further upstream.

They are a small group and would be looking for some individuals who could help manage small groups of volunteers on the day or work as a club.

They are currently talking to the various authorities and councils who will provide some level of bags, gloves, pickers etc. And will remove the waste from collection points along the river.


see their facebook page for further details here

EPA Public consultation on Fracking

The end of this week (8th March) is the deadline for responses to the EPA public consultation on the proposed Terms of Reference for a programme of research on FRACKING. For more info and to access the documents click here

MulkearLIFE / Inland Fisheries Ireland Talks on the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation.

MulkearLIFE / Inland Fisheries Ireland are delighted to announce details of an exciting block of free illustrated talks taking place in February 2013. The talks form part of MulkearLIFE’s Environmental Education Programme, an outreach programme in local schools and the local community in the Mulkear catchment. The talks will focus on the extraordinarily rich natural heritage of Ireland and in particular the Lower Shannon Special Area of Conservation.

For further details on these talks click here

IPCC’s Hop To It Frog Survey 2013

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, take part in the IPCC Hop to It Frog Survey 2013. If you see an adult frog or frogspawn this spring please let us know by filling in a survey form on line. Every year IPCC needs the help of people all over Ireland to record where frogs, spawn and tadpoles occur in the Hop to It Irish Frog Survey. All you have to do when you find frog spawn, tadpoles, adult frogs or froglets is fill in the survey form on the website. You can request a printed copy of the survey card from the IPCC office if you prefer. Just email your request to the email address below. You can also contact us if you would like us to send you a survey card in the post.
Date: 2nd February 2013

Location: All over Ireland

Contact: Email:

visit the website for more information click here

Irish Wildlife Trust Cork City Otter Project Presentation

Saturday December 15th, 2012 11:00 AM

Fota Wildlife Park will host a talk about the Cork City Otter Project. Presentation will be given on the results and what we found out about otters in Cork, our conclusions and introduction of our Otter Education Project.

You will find out how many otters live in the city, where they can be found and how we are promoting otter conservation.

Places are limited. Please, book your place by emailing to IWT Cork Branch