Events

Tuesday 17th October Aengus will be chatting with Greg Hughes on the 9 – Noon show on Highland Radio on Tuesday at1 11.30.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Tuesday 3rd October Aengus will be chatting with Greg Hughes on the 10 – 1 show on Highland Radio on Tuesday at1 11.30.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Friday 22nd September 6.30pm ~ Life on the Ledge  Free walk and talk called ‘Life on the Ledge’ for all exploring plant life in towns, this time Letterkenny! 6.30pm on Friday the 22nd for Culture Night at the cathedral, bring rain gear just in case!!  Duration, approx 45 mins to and hour.
https://culturenight.ie/event/life-ledge-walk-talk/

Wednesday 23rd August 6pm ~ From Source to Sea  An exploration by bus and foot along the river eske.  Stopping at various points along the route we will explore the flora and fauna of the river as it flows towards Donegal town.  Free for all, 6 – 8pm, suitable for 7+. Booking essential for this walk, to book follow this link for details http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/source-to-sea-on-the-eske-catchment  In partnership with the water and communities office.

Wednesday 23rd August 2.00pm ~ Childrens nature walk  A walk and exploration of the grounds around the Donegal museum and up to the Letterkenny town park.  Suitable for children from 6 – 11.  Free for all.  Meet at the Donegal museum at Letterkenny at 2pm.

Tuesday 22nd August 7pm ~ Rathmullan Abbey ~ surrounding Flora and Fauna  Talk a walk around the Rathmullan abbey and along the coast to rathmullan beach, exploring the flora and fauna of the area.  A discussion on the changing and evolving shoreline and how that happens will be part of the evening.  In partnership with Rathmullan History Society.  Suitable for all and free! 7pm – 9pm.

Monday 21st August 6pm ~ Living Rivers  Take a walk from the Lennon estuary to above the salmon leap in Ramelton, exploring the life in, beside and around the Lennon river.  Duration 2 hours.  6pm-8pm.  Good walking shoes and rain gear.  Free and suitable for 7 years plus.  Some rough ground will be crossed.  In partnership the Waters and Communities Office.

 Monday 10th – 14th July, Teacher Training at Falcarragh.  Teacher training nature course for 5 days in Falcarragh primary school.  Department of education approved course   In partnership with the Donegal education Centre.  Fully Booked!

Tuesday 4th July  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Tuesday after 12 noon for the last time before Shaun departs Highland.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Saturday 1st July 3pm – 5pm  Walk and talk around Ballyconnell house in falcarragh.  Explore the trees, insects and learn some of the invasive species around the very beautiful grounds of Ballyconnell house.  Meeting at 3pm, duration 2 hours, suitable for all and free!  In partnership with Pobail Le Cheile.

An Taisce (Donegal branch) have teamed up with NatureNorthWest through LA21 funding administered by Donegal County Council to run a series of walks promoting local biodiversity.  All the walks below are FREE of Charge.

Tuesday 13th June 7.30pm ~ Learning local birdsong ~ Letterkenny, St Conal’s Vestry  A 2/3 hour workshop including 1 hour presentation about garden birds and what they do through the seasons plus 8 key birdsongs ~ followed by a 1 hour walk in the area listening to and learning some local bird songs during the dusk chorus.  St Conal’s Vestry is the old church on the opposite side of the carpark from St Conal’s hospital overlooking the town park  This walk is funded by An Taisce (Donegal branch).  Suitable for all ages and is free of charge.

Saturday 20th May ~ Woodland Walk ~ Rathmullan woods ~ Time 11am.  A walk and talk around Rathmullan Nature Reserve.  This walk is funded by An Taisce (Donegal branch).  Woodland structure, tree types, woodland flowers and the birdsong will all be enjoyed..  Meeting at the flight of the earls statue in Rathmullan, a shuttle bus will take us to rathmullan woods after we have explored the trees on Batts walk.  This walk is suitable for all ages and free of charge.   Bring good walking shoes as we will be going ‘off track’.

Thursday 18th May ~ Bat Walk ~ Ramelton 8.30pm NatureNorthWest has teamed up with An Taisce (Donegal branch) with a free bat walk and talk for all in Ramelton on Tuesday the 18th of May at 8.30pm at the town hall.  The evening will start with a presentation on bats from around the world and Ireland and a brief chat about the recent Irish survey of Daubenton or water bats.  This will be followed by a short walk around Ramelton and the surrounding area.  Suitable for all ages and is free of charge.

Tuesday 9th May ~ Bat Walk  ~ Malin ~ 8pm  NatureNorthWest has teamed up with An Taisce (Donegal branch) with a free bat walk and talk for all in Malin on Tuesday the 8th of May at 8pm at the town hall.  The evening will start with a presentation on bats from around the world and Ireland and a brief chat about the recent Irish survey of Daubenton or water bats.  This will be followed by a short walk through Malin village.  Suitable for all ages and is free of charge.

Tuesday 25th April ~ Bat Walk ~ 8pm   NatureNorthWest has teamed up with An Taisce (Donegal branch) with a free bat walk and talk for all in Ardara town on Tuesday the 25th of April at 8pm.  The Ardara Heritage Centre have kindly agreed to provide the venue for a presentation on bats from around the world and Ireland and a brief chat about the recent Irish survey of Daubenton or water bats.  This will be followed by a short walk through along wood hill road and the river in town.  Suitable for all ages and is free of charge.

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland – Donegal Association An Taisce is a Registered Charity  (Reg No.CHY 4741) This project is sponsored by An Taisce, Donegal Association having been grant aided by Donegal County Council under its LA21 initiative.

Saturday 6th May  10.30am ~ Learning local birdsong ~ Cluain na dTor Falcarragh  NatureNorthWest and Cluain na dTor nurseries in Falcarragh are hosting an introduction to birdsong and garden birds morning.  Starting with an hour long presentation on garden birds and what they do over the 4 seasons, a discussion on lost sounds, bird song that we rarely hear any more, followed by a walk through the nurseries learning and identifying local birdsong.  Bring walking shoes and binoculars if you have them.  €8 per adult and concession for families.

Monday 10th April  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 10th of April after 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Friday 20th January  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Friday the 20th of January after 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Monday 19th DecemberAengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 19th of December after 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Tuesday 21st November Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun on Tuesday the 21st of November at 12.30.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Sunday 13th November  Inch wildfowl trust are holding a walk and talk.  Meet at 2pm at the Grianan Hotel.  From there you will get tea/coffee and a scone in the visitor centre and a short talk by members of the newly formed Inch Wildfowl Trust about the trust and the site.  Then there will be a walk from the main Inch carpark to one of the hides talking about and looking at the winter migrating birds that are arriving at this time of year.  Cost is €5 per person to cover tea and admittance to the visitor centre at an Grianan Hotel.  Suitable for all.

Friday 4th November Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Friday the 4th of November at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Saturday 22nd October  NatureNorthWest with Donegal Downs Syndrome group are running a nature walk for their members in Glenveagh National Park at 12 noon this Saturday.  Please get in touch if you would like to participate.

Wednesday 19th October  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Friday the 2nd of September at 12 noon.  They will be chatting walking to school and An Taisce’s green school travel programme.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Monday 19th September  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Friday the 2nd of September at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Tuesday 16th August  Free guided nature walk through the dunes and trees at rathmullan.  The walk will explore the plants and animal life and eco-services provided by these habitats.  Sponsored by An Taisce (Donegal branch).  Meet at the carpark at 7pm.

Thursday 4th August  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Friday the 4th of August at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Thursday 28th July.  A short nature walk for children exploring the dunes and woods, making crowns and bug hunting.  Suitable for 5 year olds plus.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Part of the rathmullan Regatta Festival.  2.30pm for 1.5 hours.

Wednesday 27th July.  A short nature walk for children exploring the dunes and woods, making crowns and bug hunting.  Suitable for 5 year olds plus.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Part of the rathmullan Regatta Festival.  2.30pm for 1.5 hours.

Tuesday 26th July  Free guided nature walk through the dunes and trees at rathmullan.  The walk will explore the plants and animal life and ecoservces provided by these habitats.  Sponsored by An Taisce (Donegal branch).  Meet at the carpark at 7.30.

Sunday 10th July  Free guided nature walk and talk as part of Feile Ura na Carriage, Carrick towns festival near the Sliabh League cliffs.  The walk will be through the town on the river walk looking and talking about the nature to be found in the area.  Suitable for all and free for all.  2pm – 4pm.

8th July ~ Teacher Training  NatureNorthWest is delighted to be part of a teacher training week at Glenveagh Education Centre on Friday the 8th of July.  This week long teacher course organised by Glenveagh National Park Education Centre and Donegal Education Centre will involve the Donegal heritage officer, the fisheries board, Glenveagh education team and NatureNorthWest.  On Friday NatureNorthWest will be running a ‘Maths in Nature’ day; showing teachers how to apply some of the maths curriculum in the outdoors through forest surveys and more.

Tuesday 5th July  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Tuesday the 5th of July at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonally relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Tuesday 14th June  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Tuesday the 14th of June at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonally relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Sunday May 22nd 3pm ~ Nature walk ~ Ards Forest Park  2 x 1 hour nature walks exploring the bird, bug and flower life of Ards Forest Park.  Part of the mental health ireland green ribbon campaign.  Walks are free for all.

Wednesday 11th May  7pm ~ Learning local birdsong ~ Parish Centre, Ballymore, Cresslough  A 2/3 hour workshop including 1 hour presentation about garden birds and what they do through the seasons plus 8 key birdsongs ~ followed by a 1 hour walk in the area listening to and learning some local bird songs.

Tuesday 12th April  6pm ~ Learning local birdsong ~ Rathmullan House  A 2/3 hour workshop including 1 hour presentation about garden birds and what they do through the seasons plus 8 common birdsongs ~ followed by a 1 hour walk in the area listening to and learning some local bird songs.  €10 per adult, children free.

Monday 4th April  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 4th of April at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonally relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Monday 21st of March  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 21st of March at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonally relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Monday 29th February  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 29th of February at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonally relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Monday 1st February  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 1st of February at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonally relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Tuesday 5th January  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Tuesday the 5th of January at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about seasonally relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Tuesday 22nd December  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Tuesday the 22nd of December at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about the origin of the christmas tree, turkeys and other seasonally relevant topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Tuesday 24th November  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Tuesday the 24th of November at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about making bird feeders, the Irish mammal atlas and any other seasonal nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Sunday 15th November  Nature walk and talk looking at trees of Ramelton and how to identify them in the winter.  We will be joined by storytellers along the way and there is a bowl of soup included in the price on our return to Whorskeys shop.  Suitable for all.  Bring rain gear and walking shoes.  Meet at Gambles square, Ramelton at 11am.  Charge, €5 including soup.  Part of the Ramelton Storytelling Festival.  Click here for more details on this wonderful local festival.

Thursday 29th October  Bat walk and talk for all ages.  Meet at Rathmullan house in the Taproom (downstairs) at 5pm.  Talk about bats followed by a short walk looking for bats and bat habitats.  €5 per adult and children are free of charge.

Monday 28th October  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 28th of October at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about changing leaf colours, rutting deer and any other seasonal nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Wednesday 2nd September Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Wednesday the 2nd of September at 12 noon.  They will be chatting about wasps and hornets, the disappearing swallows and any other seasonal nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Sunday 30th August  Family nature walk for children.  For 5-10 year olds.  6pm.  Part of the Féile Carriage Arts and Culture.  Limited places.

Wednesday 19th August  Blue Flag environmental beach day for children, funded by Donegal County Council.  Contact the Dunfanaghy Community Resource Centre to book a place.  Booking Essential!

Wednesday 12th August  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Wednesday the 12th of August at 12.30.  They will be chatting about seasonal nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Friday 31st July  Nature walk for children in Rathmullan, part of the Rathmullan Community Festival.  Meeting at the carpark at 12.30.  Duration about 1/1.5 hours.

Wednesday 15th July Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Wednesday the 15th of July at 12.30.  They will be chatting about seabirds, jellyfish and any other seasonal nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

10th June ~ Teacher Training  NatureNorthWest is delighted to be part of a teacher training week at Glenveagh Education Centre on Friday the 10th of June.  This week long teacher course organised by Glenveagh National Park Education Centre and Donegal Education Centre will involve the Donegal heritage officer, the fisheries board, Glenveagh education team and NatureNorthWest.  On Friday NatureNorthWest will be running a ‘Maths in Nature’ day; showing teachers how to apply some of the maths curriculum in the outdoors through forest surveys and more.

Thursday 25th June Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Thursday the 25th of June at 12.30.  They will be chatting about seasonal nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

An Taisce (Donegal branch) have teamed up with NatureNorthWest through LA21 funding administered by Donegal County Council to run a series of walks promoting local biodiversity.  All the walks below are FREE of Charge.

Friday 15th May 7pm ~ Learning local birdsong ~ Ballybofey  A 2/3 hour workshop including 1 hour presentation about garden birds and what they do through the seasons plus 8 key birdsongs ~ followed by a 1 hour walk in the area listening to and learning some local bird songs.  Tea/coffee provided.  This walk is funded by An Taisce (Donegal branch).  Meeting at the Parish hall behind the church.  Booking essential, Click here to book a place or ring Aengus at 086 812 3019.  Suitable for all ages and is free of charge.

Tuesday 12th May 7pm ~ Learning local birdsong ~ Ramelton  A 2/3 hour workshop including 1 hour presentation about garden birds and what they do through the seasons plus 8 key birdsongs ~ followed by a 1 hour walk in the area listening to and learning some local bird songs during the dusk chorus.  Tea/coffee provided. and a scone provided.  Meeting at the Riverbank Cafe at 7pm.  This walk is funded by An Taisce (Donegal branch).  Booking essential, Click here to book a place or ring Aengus at 086 812 3019.  Suitable for all ages and is free of charge.

Monday 11th May Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 11th of May at 12.30.  They will be chatting about migrating birds, woodland flowers and other signs of spring.  Any nature questions are welcome.

Friday 8th May ~ Bat Walk  NatureNorthWest has teamed up with An Taisce (Donegal branch) with a free bat walk and talk for all in Ardara on Friday the 8th of May at 8pm.  The evening will start with a presentation on bats from around the world and Ireland and a brief chat about the recent Irish survey of Daubenton or water bats.  This will be followed by a short walk through the trees at the rivers edge in Ardara town.  Meeting at the Heritage Centre at 8pm.  Suitable for all ages and is free of charge.

Tuesday 5th May ~ Bat Walk   NatureNorthWest has teamed up with An Taisce (Donegal branch) with a free bat walk and talk for all in Donegal town on Tuesday the 5th of May at 8pm.  The Donegal Education Centre have kindly agreed to provide the venue for a presentation on bats from around the world and Ireland and a brief chat about the recent Irish survey of Daubenton or water bats.  This will be followed by a short walk through the trees at the rivers edge in Donegal town.  Suitable for all ages and is free of charge.

Thursday 30th April ~ Woodland Walk ~ 7pm.  A walk and talk around Duntally Nature Reserve near Creslough.  This walk is funded by An Taisce (Donegal branch).  Woodland structure, tree types, woodland flowers and the ‘dusk chorus’ will all be enjoyed.  April is the perfect time to see all the woodland flowers and migrant songbirds will start to arrive by then.  Meeting at the carpark beside the bottle recycle centre.  A free return bus will take all from there to the woods and drop you back afterwards.  This walk is suitable for all ages and free of charge. An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland – Donegal Association An Taisce is a Registered Charity  (Reg No.CHY 4741) This project is sponsored by An Taisce, Donegal Association having been grant aided by Donegal County Council under its LA21 initiative.

25th April ~ Teacher Training  NatureNorthWest is delighted to be running a teacher training workshop at Inch wildfowl reserve on Saturday the 25th of April.  This two hour session organised by Glenveagh National Park Education Centre and Donegal Education Centre will a practical walk and talk around the newly opened trails at Inch demonstrating and discussing how to teach  birds and birdlife to children.   To find out more get in touch!

10th – April Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Friday the 10th of April at 12.30.  They will be chatting about migrating birds, woodland flowers and other signs of spring.  Any nature questions are welcome.

19th – March  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Thursday the 19th of March at 12.30.  They will be chatting about frogs, woodland flowers and other signs of spring.  Any nature questions are welcome.

16th – February  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 16th of February at 12.30.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

10th – February ~ Teacher Training  NatureNorthWest is delighted to be running a teacher training workshop in Glenveagh National Park on Tuesday the 10th of February.  This two hour session organised by Glenveagh National Park Education Centre and Donegal Education Centre will be a hands-on session about bird nest boxes and their camera systems.  Participants will get to rig a nest box camera system and see where and when the best place is to fit nest boxes. This session is also open to the public!  To find out more get in touch!

23rd – January  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Friday the 23rd of January at 12.30.  They will be chatting about seasonal relevant nature topics.  Any nature questions are welcome.

5th – January  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 5th of January at 12.30.  They will be chatting about our wildlife in winter.

15th – December  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Monday the 15th of December at 12.30.  Christmas and nature, turkeys, christmas and more…

26th-November  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Wednesday the 26th of November  at 12.30.  They will be chatting about how to help the birds in winter.

22nd-November ~ Tidy Towns Seminar  Aengus will be hosting a talk on biodiversity and our local habitats to the Donegal County Council Tidy Towns Seminar this saturday.  Booking essential.  A PDF of the presentation is available for free to download here.

4th-November  Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Tuesday the 4th of November  at 12.20.  They will be chatting about the Barn owls, their decline and what we can do to help.

26th-October ~ Bat Walk  NatureNorthWest has teamed up with Rathmullan House with a free bat walk and talk for all on Sunday the 26th of October at 4.30pm.  The afternoon will start with a presentation on bats from around the world and Ireland, a brief chat about the recent Irish survey of Daubenton or water bats.  This will be followed by a short walk through the trees at Rathmullan beach looking for bats.

15th-October    Aengus will be chatting with Shaun on the Highland Radio Shaun Doherty show on Wednesday the 15th of October at 12.30.  They will be chatting about the Red Deer rut, why this year is such a big mast year for Oak, Beech and other trees (and what a mast year means) and answering some questions that have recently come into the show.

14th-October ~ Teacher training  NatureNorthWest is delighted to be running a teacher training workshop in Glenveagh National Park on tuesday the 14th of October.  This two hour session organised by Glenveagh National Park Education Centre and Donegal Education Centre will be a hands-on out door session showing teachers how to integrate maths into practical nature exploration through woodland surveying.

5th-October ~ Nature Walk  Know your cockles from your mussels?  Know your winkles from your whelks?  NorthWestNature are delighted to be joining the Rathmullan Autumn Feast with a free nature walk exploring some of Rathmullan’s shoreside nature on Sunday the 5th of October at 3.30 pm.  With free sailing sessions with the Rathmullan Sailing School, free paddle-boarding with Adventure One beach walks and of course the renowned local food feast this day should be quite special.  All donations and proceeds are going towards an open access wheelchair accessible playground for Rathmullan beach.  The beach has over 60,000 visitors every year!  Come and join us at Rathmullan pier at 3pm for a walk and talk about marine life in  and beside Lough Swilly.

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