Programme for Public 2011

Prebooking required for all events with Nan O Brien at 051 845625, nobrien@wit.ie, or Mary Ryan at 051 302482

The Bealtaine Festival for Outdoor Science is a partnership of groups interested in Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland and is coordinated by Calmast. Waterford IT through Calmast offers a wide range of science, technology, engineering and maths programmes for schools in the Southeast, attracting over 12,000 visitors to four annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Waterford Science Festival, Engineering Week and Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science.

Venue

Activity

Presenter

Days

Times

Groups

WIT Atrium
Waterford Institute of Technology

Robert Mallet: Irish Engineer & Scientist, A Commemorative Exhibition:
The Irish engineer and scientist Robert Mallet (1810–1881) is one of Ireland’s many unsung scientific heroes. His contributions to the fields of engineering, seismology, volcanology and
ballistic ordnance were of global significance. As 2010 sees the bicentenary of his birth, this
exhibition will highlight his leading role in solving critical scientific questions.

WIT & RDS

Fri 6th May –
23rd May

8 am – 8 pm

General Public,
Schools

Carriganore Campus Waterford Institute of Technology
Dusk Chorus. Eric Dempsey author and broadcaster will lead this woodland bird walk .

Eric Dempsey,
broadcaster and author

Sunday 15th

7.00 pm

General Public


Trawnamoe, Bonmahon 

Discover the Geology and History of the Trawnamoe area with guide Sean O’Connor Sean O Connor
Copper Coast Geopark
Monday 16th
7.30pm General Public

Tankardstown, Bonmahon

Guided Walk of Tankardstown and Stage Cove and discover the geology and history of area
with guide Bruce Mc Donald

Bruce Mc Donald,
Copper Coast Geopark

Tues 17th

7pm

General Public

WIT main Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

Natural navigation - discover the art of navigation and finding your way without instruments by
using just the skies, nature and the environment

Sean O Connor, Copper
Coast Geopark

Wed 18th

7.30pm

General Public,
Families

Fenor Bog

“May every weed be a wild flower” Visit to Fenor bog with Alan Walsh. Come along and dis-
cover the bog’s unique plants and how they have benefitted people for thousands of years.

Alan Walsh , Copper
Coast Geopark

Wed 18th

7pm

General Public

Dunhill

Guided Walk of Dunhill. Discover the geology and history of the area with local guide Donal
Lehane

Donal Lehane, Copper
Coast Geopark

Fri 20th

7.00 pm

General Public
Carriganore Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

Irish Launch of Interreg project Communities and Mammal Conservation Mammals in a
Sustainable Environment (MISE) - How you can help to conserve our wild mammals.

Dr. Catherine O Reilly
and Dr. Peter Turner, WIT

Fri 20th

7.00pm

General Public
Carriganore Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

Kate Williamson of the Snowdonia Mammal Group, will talk about their work with otters and
other mammals in Wales.

The Snowdonia Mammal Group

Fri 20th

7.30 pm


General Public
Carriganore Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

Irish Bats. Conor Kelleher from Bat Conservation Ireland will talk about Irish bats.
Followed by Bat Walk at 10 pm

Conor Kelleher from Bat Conservation Ireland

Fri 20th

8.15 pm

General Public
Carriganore Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

Poster Display of research including the Munster Squirrel Survey.


Fri 20th

9.00 pm

General Public
Portlaw Woods

Guided walk, “The Martens of Portlaw Woods”
Field ecologists from WIT have used DNA analysis to identify the individual pine marten living here and to learn something of the lives of these secretive animals. Although we are unlikely to meet the animals themselves this is a chance to visit their territories and learn a little about how they live and how we track them using hair traps, field skills and remote cameras

Molecular Ecology
Research group WIT

Sat 21st

10.00 am

General Public,
Families
The Cunniger, Dungarvan

Explore the biodiversity of the Cunniger and make a giant Mosaic. With Blawnin and Rayleen Blawnin and Rayleen Clancy


Sat 21st 2.00 pm Families
BioBlitz (LOGO)

Bio Blitz Logo

BioBlitz is a scientific race against time. The aim of this fun event is to find as many species as possible within a park over be 24 hour period.

The event will be running at Raven Wood Nature Reserve, Co Wexford. The event will commence at 17.00 hrs on 20 May and finish at 17.00 hrs on 21 May.
This is a unique event where scientists, students and the general public can come together and learn how scientists and recorders use their skills to study the wildlife of an area. It will also introduce the non-specialist to the fabulous wealth of biodiversity that occurs all around us. If you are interested in finding out more about Ireland’s natural heritage or would like to join one of the participating teams, please contact the National Biodiversity Data Centre for further details.

International Day for Biological Diversity Sunday 22nd May

Annestown

Build a Giant Mozaic on Annestown using natural materials found on beach with pebbles, seaweed and shells etc with artist Sinead Driver and geologist Tina Keating.

Sinead Driver and geologist Tina Keating.
Sun 22nd

12.30 pm

General Public,
Families
Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas, then
to Coumshingaun lake
A guided biodiversity walk to Coumshingaun lake, the largest and deepest corrie lake in the
Comeraghs with Dr. Stephen McCormack and Dr. Eugenie Regan (National Biodiversity Data
Centre)

Dr. Stephen McCormack and Dr. Eugenie Regan (National Biodiversity Data Centre)

Sun 22nd

12.00 pm

General Public,
Families, reasonable fitness
levels needed
Rathgormack Hiking Centre and then Boolas lake

A guided Biodiversity Walk to the Boolas glacial lakes

Owen O’Shaughnessy, Rathgormack Ramblers and Paul Green, Botanist and author of Flora of County Waterford

Sun 22nd

12.30 pm

General Public,
Families, reasonable fitness
levels needed

Nire lakes – meeting
at Nire car park

A guided walk to the Nire lakes, with local historian Michael Desmond exploring the mountains, lakes and plants of the area

Michael Desmond Sun 22nd

2.00pm

General Public,
Families, reasonable fitness
levels needed

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