Saturday, 20th August. All Ages
HERITAGE WEEK: Biodiversity Day - Native Nature
Learn about Mayo’s biodiversity action plan, go on a native plant scavenger hunt; or discover the skill of seed saving for National Heritage Week at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Native Nature: Why it’s important and how we can help is a daylong programme of nature and biodiversity themed events from 11.30am on Saturday, 20 August.
Speakers and guests include Mayo County Council’s heritage officer Deirdre Cunningham; educator and conservationist Celia Graebner; educator and insect specialist Dr Karina Dingerkus; and the Education Team from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
Programme of Events
11.30am: Mayo's Biodiversity Action Plan
Join Mayo County Council's heritage officer Deirdre Cunningham for an introduction to the day. Deirdre will also speak about Mayo's Biodiversity Action Plan.
12noon: Mayo's Biodiversity and what we can do
Join Celia Graebner and Dr Karina Dingerkus to learn about the biodiversity of Mayo, its current health, what you can expect to see and what we can do as individuals and communities to help improve the situation for the future.
1pm: Flower Insect Time Count
Would you like to know what plants create the most 'buzz' in your garden? Or have you ever wondered which plants are most attractive to pollinators and which are not? Join Dr Dingerkus to see how you can discover what's what in your garden with this simple FIT survey.
2.30pm: Kick sampling and what it can tell us about our rivers and lakes
Join the NPWS education team to discover what lies beneath the bubbling waters of the river that flows through the grounds of Turlough Park. Learn all about the variety of invertebrates, snails and other creatures that live here and what they can tell us about the waterway.
2.30pm: Native Plant Scavenger Hunt
Explore the grounds of Turlough Park to discover as many native species as you can. Simply take a picture of the plants you think may be native and bring them to Celia or Karina and see if you are correct!
3.45pm: Seed Saving - The Hows and Whys?
Join Celia Graebner and Dr Karina Dingerkus for a practical demonstration on how to save native wildflower seeds. Learn why this is something we can all do and when you should sow these seeds to bring nature into your own gardens, parks and public spaces.
This is a free event to celebrate National Heritage Week 2022. No booking required.
HERITAGE WEEK: Biodiversity Day - Native Nature is located at:
Learn about Mayo’s biodiversity action plan, go on a native plant scavenger hunt; or discover the skill of seed saving for National Heritage Week at the Museum
+353 94 903 1755