Launch of Sligo Communities & Biodiversity Project

Launch of Sligo Communities & Biodiversity Project

Free Information and Training Evening for Sligo Community Groups

Sligo Park Hotel – Thursday 1st February 2018 6.45 pm – 9.30pm

County Sligo has an amazing array of habitats and wildlife. They range from the uplands where charismatic choughs or the dynamic peregrine birds are seen around Ben Bulben to the sand dunes and lagoons around Mullaghmore and Streedagh where orchids bloom in abundance.  Shy otters can be spotted in the estuaries of Ballysadare and Drumcliffe whilst salmon migrate across the ocean to spawn in the county’s rivers. From the various loughs to the inland bogs and turloughs around Ballymote and Tubbercurry – every nook and cranny of our County supports a diversity of wildlife and habitats. Learn about the variety and wonderful wildlife in our county and how you can benefit them at this free information evening in the Sligo Park Hotel.

A range of speakers will deliver short, interesting presentations at the event to launch The Sligo Communities & Biodiversity Project which will help Sligo Community groups to:

  • Learn about wildlife in their area;
  • Discover what simple, cost-effective things a community can do for wildlife;
  • Prepare a focused Biodiversity Action Plan for their community. Indeed Six County Sligo Community Groups that attend will be selected to have an ecologist from Woodrow work with them in Spring 2018 to draft an action plan for biodiversity in their area. 

All communities interested in learning about how to care for and manage wildlife in their community are invited to attend the evening where the project will be explained and where expressions of interest will be gathered from communities interested in developing a biodiversity action plan for their local area.  It is anticipated that the current project will be piloted in a maximum of six communities in County Sligo during 2018. Following the information session, a maximum of six communities will be selected to participate in the project.

Strong community engagement is essential for the project as each community will be required to provide a team to work with the consultants as they develop the biodiversity action plans.

All are welcome to attend the information session on 1st February 2018.  Thereafter any groups wishing to express an interest should email sharon@woodrow.ie by the 8th February 2018.

The ‘Sligo Communities and Biodiversity project’ is an initiative of Sligo Heritage Forum and is an action of the County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016 – 2020.  The project is funded by Sligo County Council in partnership with The Heritage Council and is being delivered by Woodrow Sustainable Solutions Ltd. and on behalf of the Heritage Office, Sligo County Council.

 

PLACES FOR THE INFORMATION EVENING ARE FREE TO SLIGO COMMUNITY GROUPS BUT YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE AS SEATS ARE LIMITED 087 745 2141 – SHARON@WOODROW.IE