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Stafford-Johnson among ‘Birds, Bees and Trees’ speakers

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Colin Stafford-Johnson

Top nature experts to speak about gardening, nature and biodiversity at the Museum of Country Life

Nature expert Éanna Ní Lamhna and award-winning wildlife presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson will be speaking at a new event exploring gardening, nature and biodiversity at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, on February 8 and 9. ‘Birds, Bees and Trees: Celebrating the Start of an Irish Spring’ is a free, family weekend featuring a range of expert talks, nature walks, pop-up demonstrations, a family fair and arts and crafts.
Other highlights over the weekend include a showcase by beekeepers, a guided nature walk on the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, some facts about frogs with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, and a talk on gardening and wellbeing by Fiann Ó Nualláin, known as ‘The Holistic Gardener’.
Ms Ní Lamhna will be speaking at 3pm on Saturday, February 8, on the topic of ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’. Éanna has been broadcasting about nature and sustainability on Irish television and radio for many years. She is well known for her work on ‘Mooney Goes Wild’ on RTÉ Radio 1 and for her regular wildlife slot on Virgin Media’s Six O’Clock Show.
Colin Stafford-Johnson’s talk on protecting our wildlife is at 2pm on Sunday, February 9. An award-winning cameraman, photographer and broadcaster, Colin has travelled the world, filming and sharing his up-close encounters with nature and wildlife for UK and Irish television.
The Holistic Gardener, Fiann Ó Nualláin, will be speaking about gardening for our environment, health and wellbeing at 12 noon on Saturday, February. 8 Fiann is a best-selling gardening author, broadcaster and weekend columnist for the Irish Examiner. He is also a regular guest on Virgin Media’s Ireland AM and RTÉ’s Today Show.
Ecologist and biodiversity expert Dr Karina Dingerkus will also speak over the weekend. Her talk at 4pm on Saturday, February 8, will focus on our wild Irish pollinators, such as bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies and butterflies.
The family fair takes place in the marquee at the museum from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, February 8. There will be a strong focus on bees, with stands by the Native Irish Honeybee Society, Westport Beekeepers and Ballina Beekeepers. Visitors will also have the chance to meet with other organisations who are working to protect and enhance biodiversity.
There will pop-up talks in the marquee throughout the day and a number of guided nature walks on birds, bees and trees.

Full programme details are available at www.museum.ie/country-life.