Autumn 2018 Workshop Programme

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Before we introduce our next seasonal workshop programme, be reminded that there are still three workshops left to go in our Summer Workshop Programme, with a number of places still left in at least two of those events, so head over to our events page if you wish to participate in either of these workshops!

What’s in store for biodiversity recorders from August to November?

We are delighted to be able partner up with a number of organisations and recognised experts from the field of ecology and biological recording to bring you eight workshops to choose from in the Autumn 2018 Workshop Programme – see below for more details and to download your own copy programme!


Autumn 2018 Workshop Programme front cover – click to download the workshop programme.

Autumn’s workshop programme provides recorders much opportunity to improve their ID skills in a number of key taxonomic groups, but one notable group is in the sphere of plants. If you happened to miss our Summer workshop on an introduction to botanical keys for instance, look no further than what is lined up first in our Autumn programme when Richard McMullen will lead this workshop once more, helping those with a keen eye for detail to translate those details into species identifications.

Join us for two workshops in August at the Ellen Hutchins festival, which celebrates Ireland’s first female botanist.

We are really excited to be partnering up with the organisers of the Ellen Hutchins festival also, which is taking place all around the Bantry Bay area of West Cork in the latter half of August 2018. Hutchins (1785 – 1815) was Ireland’s first female botanist specializing in non-flowering plants known as cryptogams, among which there are lichens and bryophytes. It is these two groups of organisms that will form the basis of two separate workshops which we are delighted to run at the festival in honour of Ellen Hutchins’ exemplary contribution to our knowledge of biodiversity in Ireland.

If higher plants are more attune to your tastes, we will also venture out to the River Blackwater at Cappoquin, Waterford, for a separate workshop where participants will tackle the ever-challenging identification of willow tree species with Paul Green.

Irish Wetland Types – An Identification Guide and Field Survey Manual

September will entertain two workshops. In anticipation of our two-day technical workshop next October on Biodiversity Informatics and Species Modelling in Kilkenny, there is an opportunity for anyone who is considering or embarking on a career in research to introduce themselves to R, which is a powerful, open source statistical programming language which is becoming the most popular and routinely employed in a range of ecological analyses. Whilst in the latter half of the month, a visit to the highly regarded Cabragh Wetlands has been arranged for a workshop that will guide attendees on the use of the Irish Ramsar Wetland Committee’s ‘Irish Wetland Types – Identification Guide and Field Survey Manual.

Our Autumn 2018 Workshop Programme will then conclude with events at Glengarra Wood, Co. Tipperary, and Lough Boora, Co. Offaly respectively, inviting participants to practice their identification of Ireland’s autumnal edible plants and mushrooms and our returning avian winter migrants.

In November, Dick Coombes of Birdwatch Ireland will lead a workshop on the identification of some of our wetland avifauna in Lough Boora Discovery Park (Image credit: Paul Cools)

If you are interested in any of our workshops and want to investigate further, download our Autumn 2018 Workshop Programme here.

Booking a place at a workshop

Places are limited so advance booking and payment is essential. To book a spot on one or more of our workshops, visit the events section of our website:

Booking fees per person range from €20.00 for students, to €30.00 for standard attendees. Our professional workshops fee is €50.00.

For further information please contact the National Biodiversity Data Centre. You can call us at 051306240, or email us at