‘Go Wild in Galway’ this Saturday 25th May, to celebrate National Biodiversity Week 2019

‘Go Wild’ is back for its fourth year running! This free festival of wildlife brings together a number of local Galway wildlife organisations to help us discover more about the wealth of wildlife on our doorstep.

The day starts bright and early with a dawn chorus at 4:30am at Silver Strand. BirdWatch Ireland’s John Lusby, who leads the dawn chorus said, “It is well worth setting your alarm for – at this time of year, dawn bursts into life with a symphony of song. Last year we had 32 species including linnets, whitethroats, stonechats and meadow pipits, and aerial displays from a colony of nesting sand martins. We also had bats and small mammals!”

At 12 midday the ‘Wild Walk’ will depart from Fisheries Field (across from Galway Cathedral ). Join our team of specialists to discover the mammals, birds, bats, invertebrates, fish, pollinators and plants living in the rivers, canals and natural habitats of Galway city and bay.

At 9pm, as dusk falls, Galway Bat Group will lead a bat walk from the Cathedral, using detectors to listen to the echolocation calls of some of our bat species, whilst watching bats in flight over the canals.

“We are aware now more than ever, of the importance of our wildlife and habitats in the health of our ecosystems. By discovering what’s on our doorstep we can better understand the natural world, and how we can make a difference to it. What better way to do this than with Galway’s wildlife organisations by your side!” said Ruth Hanniffy from Vincent Wildlife Trust. For more information see www.wildgalway2019.eventbrite.com National Biodiversity Week runs from 18th – 26th May with 50 free events taking place all over the country. See www.biodiversityweek.ie for more information.

Go Wild is supported by the Irish Environmental Network

What: Free guided wildlife walks and events

When: Saturday 25th May 2019

Where: Silver Strand (4:30am ); Fisheries Field (12 noon ), Galway Cathedral (9pm )

Cost: All events are free For more information contact: Ruth Hanniffy at [email protected] and (087 )1233347 or visit www.wildgalway2019.eventbrite.com


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