The blog lately has become a series of announcements and press releases from other agencies and organisations. This is mostly because, despite everything that’s going on in the country, we’re still very busy. Of course, there’s fewer of us, and a bigger workload, but that’s a good complaint, I suppose. We’ll get back to blogging our own stuff again soon, as soon as Declan can get a new laptop or smartphone or something…. Meanwhile here’s another announcement – this one from the Galway Biodiversity project

Press Release


Family Fun on Biodiversity Day at Rinville Park

Sunday 22nd May is International Day for Biodiversity, a day to celebrate the nature all around us. Events will be running right throughout the country to mark the occasion. To commemorate the day in Galway, there will be an afternoon of nature-related fun in Rinville Park, Oranmore from 2 to 4pm.

Activities will include Woodland walks, pond dipping, seed planting, nature arts and crafts and face painting. Rinville Park is a wonderful amenity on the shores of Galway Bay. Come and explore the woodland and grassland habitats of the park, and the trees, flowers, birds and creepy-crawlies that inhabit them. Discover the tiny beasts that dwell under the lily covered waters of the pond. Make your own spider-web or kite with the nature-crafters and paint your face with your favourite flowers or animals. Or simply enjoy the fresh air and nature with a leisurely stroll around the park or the excellent playground facilities.

All events are free of charge and open to everyone. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The meeting place for all events is the picnic area by the playground.

This event is an action of the Galway County Biodiversity Action Plan supported by Galway County Council, Galway City Council, Conservation Volunteers Galway, the Heritage Council, NUI Galway and Green Earth Organics. For more information, please contact the People and Nature Project Manager, Elaine O’Riordan at 091 493863 or email:

Galway is one of the first Counties in Ireland to have a dedicated Biodiversity Project. With the support of the Galway County Heritage Forum,  the People and Nature project began is run as a Partnership Project between Galway County Council and NUI, Galway. The aim of the Galway Biodiversity Project is to provide the basis for the development of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) for County Galway through raising awareness of our biodiversity among all sectors of the community while increasing our knowledge of the habitats and species of County Galway through gathering information and promoting research relevant to the biodiversity of the county.


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