Spring 2018 Workshop Programme

Now taking bookings!

As we draw our New Year 2018 Recording Challenge to a close, we must now shift our attention to maintaining our support for the recorder and citizen science network in Ireland and building on and improving our recording base. We are delighted to bring to you the first of a series of identification workshops in our Spring 2018 Workshop Programme.

Some of our workshops will be on the road in our Spring 2018 Workshop Programme. Why not join us in the north-east for a workshop run in conjunction with Louth Nature Trust along the magnificent Boyne Estuary or tag along for an opportunity to visit Abbeyleix bog with the local action group involved in the Abbeyleix Bog Project who have been doing fantastic work in recent times.

There are some changes to expect this year in terms of the arrangement of workshops. In 2018 the National Biodiversity Data Centre is introducing their workshop programme in three separate segments, with Spring, Summer and Autumn workshop programmes being devised and released throughout the year. The Spring programme is made up of six workshops that are now open to bookings by going to our events page. Attendees can register for a workshop of their choice and topics are available for all levels of recorders. For example there are workshops provided for those who are professional ecologists or ecologists in training such as mapping biological records with QGIS software or there are workshops for the avid gardener and/or beginner recorder where you can learn how to create a wildlife haven in your own garden and record what life thrives as a result. There is also once again an encouraging level of support from a range of partners in making these workshops available and in 2018 we are very much looking forward to working with these organisations old and new.

Changes are also in place with regard to the price at which it will cost to attend a workshop. Registration prices for professional workshops or those targeted at professional and trainee ecologists will remain the same at €50.00. However, to ensure that the Data Centre is able to continue providing high-quality field skills and identification training to recorders by established experts, there was also a general need to re-examine the costs associated with facilitating such workshops. Therefore, the price one can expect to contribute for a standard workshop will be €30.00. Students will be able to attend such workshops at a reduced fee of €20.00. We ask that those wishing to attend workshops aim to book their places as soon as possible as places are limited. Other than that, all we ask is that you try to enjoy the treasure that Ireland’s nature has to offer and we look forward to meeting you all in 2018!

Download the Spring 2018 Workshop Programme here.

Book online at: www.biodiversityireland.ie/events/ or contact info@biodiversityireland.ie for more information.

NB: Booking fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.