Go Wild in Galway 2018
Go Wild in Galway 2018 took place on 26 & 27 May to celebration National Biodiversity Week. See some of the highlights of here!
Pine martens and wheelie bins
We fitted a Bin Strap on a wheelie bin in Co. Mayo which was regularly visited by a pine marten, and filmed it before and after to test whether it could prevent the marten from getting into the bin…and it was a success!
Go Wild Nature Camps
The aim of the Go Wild Nature Camps were to connect children with their local environment through revealing the wonders and importance of local biodiversity, through hands on learning which included field trips, surveys to locate and record wildlife, close encounters with different animals, as well as games and challenges which were designed to explore important environmental topics in a fun and informative way.
The Go Wild Nature Camps were delivered for the first time as part of Heritage Week 2017 at two locations in County Galway. The nature camps were funded by the Heritage Council and Galway County Council and delivered by BirdWatch Ireland in association with a range of local conservation, research and community organisations which included The Vincent Wildlife Trust, Animal Magic, Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Oughterard Heritage Group, Oughterard Courthouse Centre, Oughterard Trout Hatchery and the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna.
Big Week on the Farm
In April 2017, VWT’s Ruth Hanniffy was invited to appear on ‘Big Week on the Farm’ to discuss the pine marten live on RTÉ One! This year the show was held at the Shalvey family farm in County Cavan. In the weeks leading up to the live show, some pheasants were killed within an enclosure on the farm, and part of Ruth’s role was to determine whether the enclosure could adequately keep out a carnivore, in particular a pine marten.
An animal that tips the scales at just 6g and that flies silently at night poses challenges to those humans who attempt to study, conserve and capture it on film. But, this feat was achieved in the summer of 2014 when the Trust, and the lesser horseshoe bats it protects, were invited to participate in a film about Irish wildlife called ‘Nature’s Keepers’, the focus of which was to highlight the people who study and conserve the fauna and flora of the island and its surrounding waters. The final one hour film was recently screened on Australian television.
Director Cécile Favier and cameraman Frédéric Menissier of Films Concept Associés for Ushuaïa TV spent one day and night with Kate learning about how the Trust undertakes its work of managing roosts for the lesser horseshoe, the results of this can now be seen on our websites.