Know your SACs from your SPAs: Explaining Natura 2000

National Park

by Patrick Barrett The Natura 2000 sites encompass 18% of the EU’s land cover and 6% of its marine territory, making it the ‘largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world’[1]. Its sole purpose is the protection of our prized habitats and the animals who inhabit them. The animals and habitats they strive to protect are those most vulnerable, who, without protective interference would most likely become extinct. The sites are designated from areas where habitats and bird species,...

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Blog: Swift Conservation

Swift

by Patrick Barrett Each summer, many familiar sights and sounds envelop the landscapes that surround us. Whether it’s the flowers in bloom or the calls of the migratory birds, few things evoke our connection to the environment than the passing of the seasons, a reminder that the world around us is itself alive and in a constant state of change. During our summer months one such animal whose call and sight could be viewed as the harbinger of summer (and...

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A night of culture with Adrian Vernon Fish

Culture Night Banner

To kick off Culture Night 2018 in Mayo, we are holding a FREE event from 5-8p.m. where you can experience some music with light refreshments followed by a fascinating talk by Adrian Vernon Fish (Composer/Broadcaster). Music will play from 5p.m. At 6p.m. the talk will commence where Adrian will speak about his amazing life in music, broadcasting and time as a cultural ambassador for Greenland. With many hilarious stories, multiple props and an ear for composing, you are sure to...

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Ranger-led Hike to Slieve Carr

Hill Top

Having cancelled our previous hike due to inclement weather, we headed out with Conservation Ranger, Irene O' Brien on 22nd August to explore the wilds of the Nephin Mountain range. We couldn't have asked for a better day - in the middle of an overcast week, the clouds lifted to reveal the peak of Slieve Carr (known locally as Corslieve) at 721m. After a ramble through the forest at Altnabrocky, we made our ascent of Corslieve and looped back around...

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Book Launch: Walking Talking

Walking Talking Book Painting

There will be a brilliant book launch on Saturday 25th August by the talented author Gabriele Berthel of 'Walking Talking: On the road in Ireland's wild west'. This publication is a culmination of watercolour painting by Helga Kaffke accompanied by the writings of Gabriele.   Having spent a lot of their lives travelling along and enjoying the wild west coast of Ireland this launch will recount some of the scenery and people they met along the way. The paintings by...

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Heritage Week at Ballycroy

Heritage Week 2018 Poster

Here is our schedule for Heritage Week 2018! Please note that bookings are required for Yoga (click here for booking info.) and additional information for the Ranger-led hike can be sought by ringing 098-49888. Highlights include: Saturday 18th - Paper folding workshop with Shirley (create your own cards), Westport Beekeepers on Sunday, Yoga on Monday and kids creative writing workshop with Gemma McLouglin (author of 'Little Red Head in the Céide Fields') on the 26th. Don't miss: Gabriele Berthel's book...

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Ranger Led Hike – 22nd August

Slieve Carr Hike 2015

On Wednesday August 22nd, Ballycroy National Park are holding a Ranger led hike through a section of the National Park. The walk is open to any one who HAS NOT been on a Ranger led hike before. Due to the duration, and nature, of the hike a high level of fitness and experience in hiking is essential. Below is the information showing our outline for the day. The plan is as follows: – 09:30 Meet at the Musical Bridge, Bellacorrick...

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World Ranger Day 2018

World Ranger Day 2018

Tuesday 31st July is World Ranger Day, a time to celebrate the unsung heroes who protect wildlife worldwide and to give our own rangers the recognition they deserve. Join us from 12p.m. to 3p.m. on the day! The life of a ranger involves working on the front line of conservation – tackling issues such as poaching, dealing with stakeholder conflicts and managing protected areas. To celebrate the day we’re holding a mini-ranger day where kids can try their hand at...

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