Biodiversity Week events at Wild Nephin National Park - Visit North Mayo

Biodiversity Week events at Wild Nephin National Park


Wild Nephin National Park have an exciting schedule of events for Biodiversity Week 2022, which is taking place between the 13th and 22nd of May. This year the Park are celebrating with a number of different community and partner organisations. The Park want to share the wonder of the biodiversity around us, as well as the many different aspects of Wild Nephin National Park.

The Park are kicking off the events on May 14th (World Migratory Bird Day) with a Midnight Corncrake Tour, starting at 8:30pm, in conjunction with Corncrake Life and Belmullet Tidy Towns. The event will take place in Belmullet and will include a talk at Binghamstown and tour to hear some corncrakes calling. Places are limited and booking essential.

On Sunday May 15th at 2:30pm there will be going on a Bug Safari at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre, taking in views of the amazing world of bugs and minibeasts in the dipping pond, along the Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail and our meadow.

On Tuesday May 17th we will be celebrating the Mayo Dark Sky Park with the Friends of Mayo Dark Skies in our Half the Park is After Dark event, starting at 5am participants will be walking into the dawn at Letterkeen. This is a 5km walk, with uneven surfaces so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.

On Wednesday May 18th at 2:00pm, in conjunction with Bertra Connected, we will be exploring the coastal ecology at the Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail. A 2km looped walk with boardwalk and seashore. There will be uneven surfaces along this walk so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.

On Friday May 20th at 2:00pm we will be introducing A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! Add a fresh spring of the wild to your life and to your step! Ideas to eat, take on a walk, and work with creatively, inspired by the variety of life at the National Park. This workshop will explore some ways in which we can engage with biodiversity in our natural environment.

On Saturday 21st at 2pm our event will be Bog Bathing: Engage the Senses. Feel the expanse, hear the silence, see the beauty. A slow, immersive walk connecting heart, head and heels with Atlantic blanket bog. This 2km guided walk is a gentle introduction to bog bathing and the potential benefits of this unique, restorative environment.

Sunday May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity (Biodiversity). Between 11:00am and 4:00pm come along to the Ballycroy Visitor Centre to learn how you can get started recording biodiversity. A National Park Guide will demonstrate the different ways you can gather and collate records of biodiversity. The Park will also have paper copies of species recording sheets for you to take away.

For more information please phone 098 49888 or email ballycroyvisitorcentre@housing.gov.ie

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