LEADER: Introduction to Biodiversity Training May 2019

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Monaghan Integrated Development are running 2 Introduction to Biodiversity training courses in May, one in the Castleblayney Enterprise Centre and the other in the Ballybay Wetlands Centre.The training programme is aimed at community groups including tidy towns groups, allotment groups and the general population who have an interest in Biodiversity and how they can apply learning from biodiversity in their local area.The course will be delivered 1 session per week over 8 weeks – 6 evening practical sessions and 2 fieldtrips - fieldtrip locations to be confirmed. 

Details of training schedule for each venue.

The Enterprise Centre Castleblayney : Wednesday 08th May 7-9pm, Saturday 11th May 10.30am, Wednesday 15th May 7-9pm, Wednesday 22nd May 7-9pm, Saturday 25th May 10.30am, Wednesday 29th May 7-9pm, Wednesday 05th June 7-9pm & Wedneday 12th June 7-9pm

The Ballybay Wetlands Centre: Thursday 9th May 7-9pm, Thursday 16th May 7-9pm, Saturday 18th May 10.30am, Thursday 23rd May 7-9pm, Thursday 30th May 7-9pm, Thursday 6th June 7-9pm, Saturday 08th June 10.30am & Thursday 13th June 7-9pm

The training programme will include the following elements:

  • Brief introduction to Ecology/Biology as an introduction to the science of Biodiversity.
  • Local plants; Introduction to common native plants, trees and shrubs. Introduction to common field layer plants. Plant habits and habitats and how to manage plants for biodiversity. How to save seeds.
  • Local wildlife; What are the common animals found in the local area? Life cycle of insects and common insect identification. Who are the local pollinators and the plants they like best?
  • Invasive Species; What are invasive and alien species and how do they impact on natural habitats? Invasive species identification and control measures (4-5 most common to Monaghan area) Biosecurity action and awareness raising guidance. Who to report new sightings to. 
  • Good practice for biodiversity: How to manage sites for biodiversity, best practice for pesticide use etc., how a soft touch approach can help plants and animals. Raise awareness of your biodiversity work: planting days, seasonal events, celebration days. Activities to raise awareness of the importance of protecting biodiversity (nature walks etc) 
  • Developing sites and amenities for wellbeing, How natural amenities provide tangible benefits to communities (positive living, mental health), How to make your site a place of calm and refuge? 
  • Development of Bio Diversity Plan -The training will include the development of a bio-diversity plan for a project that the group or individual is interested in. The trainer/facilitator will offer individualised support and guidance in the development of the plan. 
  • Study Visit; A study visit to showcase the benefits to local communities of the availability of nature amenities and for the potential for tourism and the local economy
To apply for a place on this training course complete this short Application Form. Please return completed application forms by Thursday the 18th of April to Monaghan Integrated Development CLG, Unit 9 Drumillard Business Park, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan or email  and should you have any query contact Marianne (042 9749502) 
Monaghan LEADER is funding this training and we acknowledge the support provided by Monaghan Local Action Group (LAG) who are administering the LEADER RDP 2014-2020 in County Monaghan for the Department of Rural and Community Affairs and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The County Monaghan Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) is operating as the LAG for the County. Monaghan Integrated Development the Local Development Company for County Monaghan is the implementing partner and Monaghan County Council is the lead financial partner.
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