National Biodiversity Week took place from 18th- 26th May 2019. The aim of the programme is to connect people with nature and show the fun and wonder that can be found outside. To celebrate the event this year, Waterways Ireland hosted a series of Biodiversity Week workshops through our Education Programme. We were delighted to welcome 590 primary level students across Ireland and Northern Ireland to take part in our workshops.
Students from 14 schools participated in the workshops which took place along the waterway corridor as follows:
-Naas on the Grand Canal, Naas branch
-Drumshanbo on the Lough Allen Canal
-Toomebridge on the Lower Bann
-Mosstown on the Royal Canal
-Ballyconnell on the Shannon-Erne Waterway
-Robertstown on the Grand Canal
-Killaloe on the River Shannon
-Enniskillen on the Erne
Tailored to each individual area, the workshops aimed to showcase the important biodiversity value their local waterway has to offer and motivate participants to play their part in protecting it. Each group were introduced to the vast array of wildlife that call the waterways their home. They learned how to identify some of the plants and trees along the waterway and they even came face to face with some mini beasts living there!
We were delighted to work with environmental experts from organisations including RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), Source to Tap and Irish Peatland Conservation Council to deliver the workshops in conjunction with Waterways Ireland Education and Environment teams. Feedback from schools who took part in the workshops has been very positive. Both students and teachers were full of questions and eager to impart their local knowledge about their local waterway.
"It was really inclusive and informative. The students really enjoyed getting hands on with the creatures and they were given lots of opportunity to ask questions. The students enjoyed learning about the relevant local history too. It was very well planned and age appropriate! Thank you very much!" St.
Dominic’s N.S, Kenagh