KNOWING NATURE IN AUTUMN 28th and 29th September 2019

‘Knowing Nature in Autumn’ on 28th and 29th September 2019

Killarney House & Gardens and Killarney National Park Education Centre (KNPEC) are holding a FREE two day event with informative talks and activities

Both days will bring together various groups from around Kerry who will offer a variety of talks and activities. The talks will focus on the rich natural heritage of Kerry, highlighting the extraordinary work being done in the locality and the activities will demonstrate a practical element to conservation. All aiming to foster an appreciation of the natural world around us.
Talks from groups include KerryLIFE, Institute Technology Tralee, Killarney National Park Rangers, and KNPEC and a diverse range of activities are arranged for the two days. Learn how to save seeds from pollinator plants and trees (sponsored by Kerry County Council) and to identify wildflowers with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland – Kerry Branch. Join a mini BioBlitz, examine moth traps, take part in mammal trapping demos and go on a nocturnal ramble. See a demo on butter making from Muckross Traditional Farms and watch an extract of a documentary on the Story of the Kerry Cow. Come and talk to groups such as the Irish Wildlife Trust, Beaufort Beekeepers, Clean Coasts, Genesis Bird Boxes, and the Eco-congregation who will all be on hand to lend their knowledge and expertise. There will also be a mixture of ‘drop in’ family nature activities on both days.

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SATURDAY @ KNOCKREER
9.30AM – 10.30 AM
Mini BioBlitz Launch with Examination of Moth Traps
11.00AM – 12 Noon
Mammal Trapping Demo
12 Noon – 1.00PM
Wildlife Biology IT Tralee Student Presentations
2.00PM – 3.00PM
Wildlife Biology IT Tralee Student Presentations
3.00PM – 4.00PM
Badgers, peanuts and kids – presentation by Chris Barron
7.00PM (Booking Essential: 064 6635960)
Nocturnal Ramble
11.00AM – 3.00PM
Nature Kidz Activity (Drop-In)
SUNDAY @ KNOCKREER
9.30AM – 10.30 AM
Examination of Moth Traps
11.00AM – 12 Noon
Mammal Trapping Demo
12 Noon – 1.00PM
Wildlife Biology IT Tralee Student Presentations
2.00PM – 3.00PM
Wildlife Biology IT Tralee Student Presentations
3.00PM – 4.00PM
Announce BioBlitz Tally
11.00AM – 3.00PM
Nature Kidz Activity (Drop-In)
SATURDAY @ KILLARNEY HOUSE
12.00 Noon – 1.00PM
Tree Seed Workshop with Cathy Eastman (Sponsored by Kerry
county Council)
Identify, Gather and Sow Tree seeds to take home and grow
your own native woodland
2.00PM –3.00PM
A Day in the Life of A Killarney National Park Ranger
Join rangers Sean Forde & Mary Sheehan who will give an
overview of the important work that they do in the park
3.00PM – 4.30PM
Saving Seeds from Pollinator Friendly Plants for Biodiversity
Gardens with Niamh Ní Dhúill
Learn how to collect seeds from a variety of flowering plants
that are good sources of food for pollinators
SUNDAY @ KILLARNEY HOUSE
12.00 Noon – 1.00PM
Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland Kerry Branch
(Workshop)
Jessica Hamilton, the co-leader of the BSBI (Kerry- local group)
will lead a ramble around the wilder areas near Killarney House
looking at some of the fantastic wildflowers that are easily
overlooked
2.00PM – 3.00PM
Paul Phelan of KerryLIFE
Scientific Advisor for KerryLIFE, Paul Phelan, will talk about how
the project works with farm and forest owners
3.00PM –4.00PM
BÓ The Story of The Kerry Cow
Mieke Vanmechelen will present a short extract from her new
documentary
Stalls
Irish Wildlife Trust, Clean Coasts, Genesis Nest Boxes, Beaufort
Beekeepers, Butter Making with Muckross Traditional Farms,
Killarney National Park Education Centre Kids Events