Waterways Ireland engages over 625 Students in 2019 Biodiversity Week Programmes
Over 625 primary level students across Ireland and Northern Ireland have participated in Biodiversity Week workshops through Waterways Ireland’s Education Programme . A hugely interesting event; Biodiversity Week is one of seven different Education programmes organised free of charge by Waterways Ireland both in the classroom and on the water throughout the school year.
The seven workshops involving schoolchildren from 15 schools have taken place in Naas on the Naas branch, Drumshanbo on the River Shannon, in Toomebridge on the Lower Bann, Mosstown on the Royal Canal, Ballyconnell on the Shannon-Erne Waterway, Robertstown on the Grand Canal, Killaloe on the River Shannon and Enniskillen on the Erne.
Tailored to each individual area, the workshops aim to connect people with nature. It’s about communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating people to play their part in protecting it. It’s also about entertaining them, showing the fun and wonder that can be found in nature, and inspiring people to learn more, see more, do more. Students will discover the vast array of wildlife that call the waterways their home. Each group will learn how to identify some of the plants and trees along the waterway and come face to face with some mini beasts living there.
Environmental experts from across a range of disciplines deliver the workshops in conjunction with Waterways Ireland Education and Environment teams.