Biodiversity Week 2024: May 17th to 26th

County Galway Gears up for an Action Packed Week in Celebration of Ireland's Biodiversity and Natural Heritage

E. Habermann & R. Joyce

With events taking place, morning, noon and night all over County Galway, there will be activities to suit everybody this Biodiversity Week.

What To Expect: Ten Full Days Packed with Free, Fun & Educational Events

Galway County Council is hosting a whole series of activities around the county, learning and looking at the birds the Shannon Callows to the wild flowers on the limestone pavement of Inis Meáin.

Timetable of Galway County Council Biodiversity Week Events

Friday 17th May

  • Talk on the Breeding Birds of Connemara with John Lusby from BirdWatch Ireland. This event hosted by Roundstone Bicentenary Events 200 will give an introduction to the birdlife of Connemara. It is supported by the NPWS through the Local Biodiversity Action Fund. Time: 7.30pm Venue: Community Hall Roundstone H91 C99W

Saturday 18th May

  • BOOKED OUT Sustainable Gardening Course with horticulturist Aoife Munn. Learn how to garden in sustainable manner and support biodiversity in your garden.  Time 10am – 4pm Venue: Glenamaddy Community Garden F45 FK57

Sunday 19th May

  • Roundstone Bog Dawn Chorus with John Lusby from BirdWatch Ireland. This promises to be a very special event. Join us for a walk as the sun rises on a new day and experience the natural symphony of birdcall. This is an early start but a morning you will never forget. Time: 4.30am Venue: Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point at Derrigimlagh This event is brought to you through the support of NPWS by the Local Biodiversity Action Fund 2024.

Monday 20th May

  • BOOKED OUT Wildflower Walk & Talk at Brigit’s Garden with Kay Synott (Living Gardens)  and Jenny Beale (Brigit’s Garden). Volume 2 of Weed or Wildflower bilingual swatch will be launched, with a copy for all attendees. This will be followed by a talk by Kay about some of the common wildflowers found in County Galway and a guided walk through the grounds of Brigit’s Garden by Jenny. Time: 11am – 2pm Venue: Brigit’s Garden, Rosscahill.

Tuesday 21st May

  • Invasive Species Webinar with Guest Speaker – Colette O Flynn Invasive Species Expert with the National Biodiversity Data Centre. What are invasive alien species? How do they get here? What can be done to tackle the threat of invasive alien species? This will a very informative talk and particularly of interest to those working with Tidy Towns, Community Gardens or restoration projects. Brought to you by the National Network of Local Authority Biodiversity Officers in partnership with the Heritage Council and the National Biodiversity Data Centre Time: 7.30pm -8.30pm Join Online Here via Teams

Wednesday 22nd May

  • Gardening for Biodiversity Talk with Kay Synott (Living Gardens) and hosted by Clarinbridge Cairde Club. During this one hour talk you will learn way to support biodiversity in your garden and create space for nature. Venue: Clarinbridge Parish Hall H91 PH68 Time: 12 noon

Thursday 23rd May

  • Schools Bird Call Workshop & Biodiversity Table Quiz with Biodiversity Officer Rosina Joyce and in partnership with the OPW Athenry Castle. Local schools will learn how to identify common bird calls.
  • Portumna Bioblitz (Day 1) with MKO. More details here: Portumna Bioblitz 2024 – MKO (
    7:30pm – 8:30pmPortumna Community SchoolThe Bioblitz countdown timer starts. Public talk on moths and mammal/bat surveys. Demonstration of setting up of moth and camera traps along with small mammal traps and hedgehog tubes.
    9:30pm – 11:00pmIrish Workhouse CentreBat walk and nocturnal foray.

Friday 24th May

  • Portumna Bioblitz (Day 2) with MKO. The fun continues with lots of events taking place around the town from OPW’s Portumna Castle to Coillte’s Forest Park
    6:30am – 8:00amPortumna Forest ParkDawn Chorus walk in the woods and along the lake.
    9:00am – 10:00amPortumna Community SchoolMoth and small mammal trap opening
    11:30am – 1:30pmPortumna Forest Park – meeting at MarinaWoodland Walk with Coillte ecologists and kick sampling, lake and aquatic sampling demonstration.
    2:30pm – 3:00pmPortumna Community SchoolConservation Detection Dogs demonstration
    3:00pmPortumna Community SchoolCamera trap viewing and species counting
    4:00pm – 5:00pmPortumna CastleBiodiversity at the Castle. Tour of the castle grounds with a group of ecologists.
    7:30pmThe Irish Workhouse CentreBirds of the Shannon Callows talk by Kathryn Finney from BirdWatch Ireland. Learn about the birdlife that lives in this stunning habitat.
  • Discover Co. Galway’s Blue Flag Beaches – Trá an Dóilín. This event, brought to you by the dedicated staff from Galway County Council and Galway Atlantaquaria, will feature a seashore bioblitz, a scavenger hunt, and a beach clean-up. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about the diverse species that inhabit our local environment and discuss the threats to our natural environment and how we can protect it by adhering to the ‘leave no trace’ principles. This is a family-friendly bilingual event, but booking is essential due to limited spaces. Come, let’s explore, learn, and contribute to preserving our beautiful blue flag beach! Venue Trá an Dóilín An Cheathrú Rua Time 11.30am – 1.30pm Book your place here

Saturday 25th May

  • Moycullen Bogs Heritage Trail Launch Biodiversity Officer Rosina Joyce will launch Cumann Staire Ruaidhrí Uí Fhlaitheartaigh/Moycullen Heritage’s latest addition to their series of trails around the village and the surrounding areas. This is a scenic 23km loop that’s starts and finishes at An Fuarán, Moycullen Village. The route cuts through Moycullen Bogs, Natural Heritage Area, which is an extensive lowland blanket bog located 5 km west of Galway City. Venue: An Fuarán, Moycullen. Time: 11am
  • Clonbur Pollinator Project: Talk on Bumblebees of Clonbur This talk with Celia Graebner is about the different types of bumblebees, including the threatened Large Carder Bee, that occur around Clonbur and the Western Lakes. Learn how to identify them, what they feed on and how you can help them. Venue All Saints Heritage Centre Time: 11am – 12noon
  • Clonbur Pollinator Project: Nature Walk Join Celia Graebner for leisurely, family-friendly walk looking at spring wildflowers and the bumblebees and butterflies that visit them. You will also hear about how to enter our bumble spotting competition. Meeting Point: Clonbur Woods entrance by the Playground Time 2pm – 3.30pm

Sunday 26th May

  • Inis Meáin Wildflower Booklet Launch & Wildflower Walk (Irish language event) This new booklet by Aedín Ní Thiarnaigh reflects the local names and the cultural heritage of the flora found on the island. Launch at 12:00 noon and walk starting at 13:00  from the Ionad Pobail H91 XK40. Why not take the ferry out to Inis Meáin for the day and enjoy the wildflowers of this beautiful island? An island retreat to finish Biodiversity Week on a high!
    Seoladh ‘Pabhsaeir Inis Meáin’ & Siúlóid Bláthanna Fiáine  Díríonn an leabhrán nua ‘Pabhsaeir Inis Meáin’ ar ainmneacha áitiúla na bpabhsaer (blathánna) fiáine ar Inis Meáin agus ar an seanchas a bhaineann le flóra an oileáin. Seolfar an leabhrán ar a 12:00  san Ionad Pobail H91 XK40 agus tógfaidh Aedín Ní Thiarnaigh muid ar shiúlóid pabhsaeir ina dhiaidh sin ag 13:00. Ní fhéadfá bealach níos deise a aimsiú le Seachtain na Bithéagsúlachta a thabhairt chun críche, ná lá a chaitheamh faoin aer ar Inis Meáin agus an t-oileán a fheiceáil faoi bhláth!


Everyone from all ages and backgrounds are welcome to participate and learn about the importance of our biodiversity and of course have some fun.

For more information on all the events taking place across County Galway visit National Biodiversity Week Ireland 2024 or email


This programme of events is support by the National Parks and Wildlife Service thought the Local Biodiversity Action Fund. The Local Authority Biodiversity Officer Programme is sponsored by the Heritage Council.

This page was added on 03/05/2024.