Kicking off 2013

IWT Kildare Branch wants to hit the ground running for 2013 and we need members, volunteers, suggestions and ideas to get us started. Have you wanted to get involved in the IWT? Why not make 2013 the year to get involved with us.

We will be holding our first meeting of the year on the 28th January in Maynooth, Co Kildare so come along and share your ideas for the branch and get involved. All are welcome, email for time and location information.

2012 in review

We got 1700 views last year on our IWT Kildare Branch Blog, lets try and double that for 2013. What do you want to see happening for the coming year – are there any events, workshops, talks or places you think we should visit? What would you like to see happening in Kildare this year? Should we plant some new tree’s or organise more clean-ups? This is your branch, we would love to have your suggestions!

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Seen In May

This months Seen In Kildare is a battle of exotic floral beauties and native wild flowers, take a look for yourself. If you have any reports of flora or fauna spotted in Kildare or a photo to share with us we would love to hear from you. You can contact us by emailing and your story or image may be featured in next month’s Seen In Kildare post.

Wild Gardening

If you’d like more information on how to bring a little bit more wild into your own garden check back on the blog next week for our wild gardening article by horticulturist David Corscadden. You can find out more information about David on his own blog at Beyond the Wild Garden .

Killinthomas Woods Tour

The Kildare Branch has organised a tour of Killinthomas Woods Rathangan to be lead by former park ranger George Hipwell on Saturday 9th June.

The tour will start off at 11am and will focus on the history and nature found in the woods. The group will be meeting at the New gravyard just out side Rathangan and close to Killinthomas woods where George will start the tour from.
All ages welcome. For more information or to reserve a place simply email us at or fill out the form below.


Missed Our Introduction Night?

Back in February the Irish Wildlife Trust Kildare Branch held an introduction night for people interested in getting involved with the branch or simply to just find out who we are and what we do. If you missed our Intro night and you’d like to find out more about the Kildare Branch this post is for you.

 What does the IWT mean to you?

Allow us to re-introduce ourselves….

The Irish Wildlife Trust was founded way back in 1979 as a conservation body dedicated to raising awareness of Ireland’s rich natural heritage. To achieve just this they run a number of education and training programmes like the SAC Watch along with carrying our habitat and species surveys like the Newt Survey and campaigning and lobbying around biodiversity issues. To date the IWT has branches in Dublin, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Cavan, Louth/Monaghan, Mayo, Sligo/Leitrim, Cork and Kildare.

Since it’s establishment in November 2011 the Kildare branch has organised a successful array of talks and events throughout Kildare. Our education team ran a series of children’s story telling days in Newbridge, Naas and Maynooth libraries while our conservation team got us involved in the National Spring Clean Up and are planning a series of future events ranging from Balsam Bashing to activity walks.

IWT Kildare Branch Members participating in the National Spring Clean with Maynooth Tidy Towns

We have had our Introduction Night featuring the IWT Chairperson and Conservation Officer as special guests and Science In Action, a talk dedicated to highlighting how scientists are making a difference in the understanding and protection of Irish Wildlife.

For the rest of the year we plan to have a number of competitions, activity events, walks and talks and we would love it if you got involved! Whether you attend an IWT Kildare Branch event or you help us organise one we rely on volunteers to make the branch the best it can be.

In case you’d like to see the presentation we gave on the night, here it is:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you would like more information about the Kildare Branch or if you think you’d like to get involved with us either by volunteering with us or if you think you’d like to come to our next event let us know by emailing or fill out the form below.

National Spring Clean Up – Review of the day

April 21st marked the day of our National Spring Clean of the Maynooth area in conjunction with Maynooth Tidy Towns. Already in it’s 14th year the National Spring Clean campaign aims to encourage communities to take control of litter in their own local areas and promote recycling and that’s exactly what we were trying to achieve on the day also!

Feedback from members of the public on the day was overwhelming and we would like to thank everyone who encouraged us throughout the day as they were passing by. Also we’d like to thank Maynooth Tidy Towns for running the event with us.

Some members of the IWT Kildare Branch committee at the clean up held in conjunction with Maynooth Tidy Towns.