Workshops and cleanups held as part of ‘Behind the Beach’ at Brittas Bay
A biodiversity awareness program called ‘Behind the Beach’ has been announced by the Wicklow County Council Heritage Office.
The biodiversity program called ‘Behind the Beach’ focuses on land owned by Wicklow County Council in Brittas Bay.
‘Behind the Beach’ is an initiative of Wicklow County Council’s Heritage Office and will offer a series of free outdoor workshops and other activities over the coming months to increase awareness and appreciation of the rich ecology of coastal areas and to highlight the vital role that healthy dune systems play as a tool to combat climate change.
The program complements ongoing conservation work by Wicklow County Council at this important coastal site and will provide an opportunity to delve behind popular beaches, explore wildlife, learn new skills in field ecology and participate in hands-on conservation work.
The first event will take place on Wednesday, August 31 at 4 p.m. on the theme “Butterfly Identification”, which will include a guide to butterfly monitoring techniques, equipment and identification. It is also a follow up to a popular butterfly walk held last month.
Other events include a field trip and workshop on migratory birds on Sunday September 25, a hands-on dune clean-up with a focus on conservation on Saturday October 1, a nature discovery day and discussion on Thursday October 13, a dynamic dune workshop on Thursday October 27 and sea buckthorn management day on Saturday November 12.
All activities are coordinated by ALC Nature in association with Wicklow County Council and co-funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service through the National Biodiversity Action Plan Fund.
Event details may change depending on weather conditions, so interested participants are advised to register by emailing [email protected] stating the dates of the events they wish to attend.