Kildare Community Biodiversity Project
Figure 1 Holly Blue butterfly, John Phelan, https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/
The Kildare Community Biodiversity Project was launched in February 2020 and training sessions were due to begin in March. Due to COVID-19, the training was postponed until September/October.
We would like to invite you to participate in the re-scheduled training programme. We have made some changes to the structure of the training programme because of COVID-19 and the guidelines that are in place for Kildare in particular. In place of indoor and outdoor gatherings, all the training will be delivered online over Zoom.
- Opening webinar, Tuesday 1st September 7-9pm: This webinar will cover general habitat types typically found in most community spaces and how to create and manage them. This is intended for people from all 10 communities (Allenwood, Ballitore, Ballymore Eustace, Carbury, Celbridge, Clane, Kilcullen, Kill, Monasterevin, and Newbridge).
- Training Session 1: Following the opening webinar for all ten communities, we will deliver a “virtual walk” around each town/village over Zoom to replace the session that was originally planned to take place outside. We will be using lots of photos and Google map screenshots of different spaces and features within your communities to identify opportunities and actions for your Local Biodiversity Action Plans. See the full training schedule below for dates and times for each town/village.
- Training Session 2: A final webinar specific to each town/village in which we will finalise actions and other details to be included in the different Local Biodiversity Action Plans. See the full training schedule below for dates and times for each town/village.
For those persons from neighbouring villages/towns who wish to take part, we are happy to accommodate you in the opening webinar on Tuesday 1st September. However, as the other two sessions are specifically focused on the spaces and Local Biodiversity Action Plans for each of the 10 selected villages/towns, we will be limiting spaces only to residents or stakeholders of each respective location.
Registration: Everyone must register with Brian Gaynor in advance of the training programme so that he can send you the Zoom invitations. To register, please email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the town/village you are living in, and your email address. Many people have become familiar with Zoom since March as a way to keep in touch with family and friends, but if you do not have an account yet, please sign-up for one in advance at https://zoom.us/ and download the programme to your laptop or phone.
The towns and villages are listed in alphabetical order.