As part of the Shared Green Deal project, Ballyhoura Development is undertaking a social experiment/project on Preserving Biodiversity.

The project has been running since May 2023, and has included field trips, discussions groups, guest speakers and the opportunity to get involved in creative projects, all on the theme of exploring local biodiversity.  

 It has been an exciting opportunity to connect with people and nature! 

1. Nature Walk in Doon

Learning more about the local plants and animals and taking a stroll along the Kilmoylan Bog Walk were enjoyable experiences for the participants. 

2. Bat Walk in Croom Town Park

During a nighttime visit to Croom Park, participants observed Daubenton bats feeding over the Maigue River and learned more about citizen science. They also set up a moth trap to have the opportunity to observe these often-overlooked insects. 

3. Farming & Biodiversity

This study circle was focused on biodiversity and farming, and it provided an overview of the central role farmers play in fostering and nurturing biodiversity. 

4. Visit to Apple Farm in Cahir

During a visit to the Apple Farm in Cahir, participants learnt about apple production and how farmers can both develop their businesses and take actions to support biodiversity.

5. Discovering Photography

While taking a stroll beside the stunning Shannon River, participants worked with a photographer to hone their photographic techniques. They discovered the significance of photography in telling the biodiversity story. 

6. Biodiversity, Heritage & Culture

This study circle was an exploration of the relationship between biodiversity, heritage, and culture. Participants learnt about the influence that biodiversity has had on minor place names.

7. Biodiversity & Creativity

During this study circle, participants used biodiversity as inspiration to design their own mug. 

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