Discover Iveragh for Heritage Week 2022



Saturday 13th August to Sunday 21st August 2022


National Heritage Week 2022 is all about engaging with heritage to create a more resilient world, enhancing sustainability and biodiversity. This fits in so well with the work the LIVE Project has been doing and some of the collaborations we are working on with the community of Iveragh.


We will be compiling a list of all the wonderful Heritage Week events happening on the Iveragh Peninsula here, so please check back in with us over the next few weeks as we list both our own and other Heritage Week events happening on the Iveragh peninsula.


If you are running an event, please let us know, so we can add you to this list. Email us at live@ucc.ie.


 

Discover Iveragh - Join our Knowledge Gatherers for a series of guided events exploring different aspects of the natural heritage of Iveragh Peninsula.


Our expert team will guide you through their current fieldwork and research projects in a number of locations on the coastline of south Kerry. These guided events are outdoors, so will be subject to weather conditions, we will update this page and our social media closer to the date. For all enquiries, you can email live@ucc.ie.


LIVE Events:

Other Events:


More events coming soon!

 

Bringing meadows back to Valentia Observatory. Come and learn about the rich biodiversity of hay meadows and how you can make them yourself.


Date: Saturday - 13th August 2022

Time: 11am - 1pm

Level of difficulty: Easy, family friendly.

Meeting Point: Valentia Observatory, V23 V227

Parking is available at the Valentia Observatory.

Public transport is available to Cahersiveen town, with a short walk to the Observatory.


Leaders: Fiach Byrne and Calum Sweeney


Bringing meadows back to Valentia Observatory. Come and learn about how to make meadows yourself using traditional techniques and take part in a fun biodiversity survey. This event is a tour of Valentia Meteorological Observatory, Cahersiveen. We will be walking through a meadow and grassland, so please dress appropriately as the ground could be wet.


You can read more about the work being carried out to being meadows back to this historic meteorological observatory here:


No booking necessary, for further information contact:

live@ucc.ie


 


Join Kerry Social Farming and the LIVE Project to learn about the biodiversity on Iveragh's farmland


Date: Monday 15th August 2022

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Level of difficulty: Easy, family friendly.

Meeting Point: Host farmer Mike O'Sé, Canuig, Droimid, Kerry.


Leaders: Fiach Byrne and Luke Myers


Join Kerry Social Farming and the LIVE Project for this Heritage Week event to learn about the biodiversity that is supported by the Iveragh Peninsula’s farmland.

Fiach Byrne and Luke Myers will present some of the work they are currently carrying out on farmland biodiversity, followed by a walk around a Kerry Social Farming host farm to see some of these important farmland habitats.

Please wear suitable footwear for a farm visit and dress appropriately for the weather. No dogs allowed.


This talk and walk will be on a working farm, places are limited so booking is required. You can book through Eventbrite or email us at live@ucc.ie



 

Join us for a tour of Castlecove's drowned forest


Date: Tuesday 16th August 2022

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Level of difficulty: Easy, family friendly.

Meeting Point: Castlecove church car park V93 X522, with a short walk to the location.


Leaders: Aoibheann Lambe and Calum Sweeney


Dozens of tree buttresses (stumps) become visible at low tide in this remarkable but rarely visited portion of the inter-tidal zone at Bunaneer near Castlecove village on the south coast of Kerry's Iveragh Peninsula. Come and find out more about this drowned forest with plant biologist Calum Sweeney and archaeologist Aoibheann Lambe.


Did rising sea levels and other recent flooding events cause the forest to become submerged or did the trees die thousands of years ago as bog formed? Bunaneer Castle which is now close to the high tide mark was over 50m away from the shore 150 years ago. Samples from a selection of the tress buttresses have been sent for radiocarbon dating. The results and their implications for our understanding of changes in this landscape will be discussed during this event.


Footwear that has soles with a good grip is essential for walking along the shoreline. Dress appropriately for the weather. No dogs allowed.


No booking necessary, for further information contact:

live@ucc.ie


 

Join the LIVE Project, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and Sea Synergy for the annual Whale Watch Ireland 2022


Date: Saturday 20th August 2022

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Level of difficulty: moderate walk to watch point, family friendly.


Meeting Point: Limited parking is available at the Siúlóid Bhólais/Bolus Head car park, we recommend you arrive before 1.15pm as there is an elevated 45 minute walk to Ducalla Head where the watch will take place.


Leaders: Christina Winkler and Sea Synergy


The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and the LIVE Project jointly invite you to Whale Watch Ireland 2022. This annual event comprises free and guided whale watches at local headlands or vantage points, as part of All-Ireland whale watch day. These simultaneous land-based watches at 18 locations around the Irish coast provide IWDG researchers with a unique overview of whale and dolphin activity on the day; and as Citizen Scientists you can play your part. While there are no guarantees of sightings, given reasonable weather you have a good chance of seeing some of the varied marine species that can be viewed locally.


The watch begins at 2pm, there is an estimated 45-50 minute moderate walk to the watch site, so we recommend you arrive at the Siúlóid Bhólais car park by 1.15pm. Sturdy walking shoes are a must, but we also recommend you bring refreshments and binoculars if you have them. Directions and links to google maps here:

  • Car park for the Siúlóid Bhólais (Bolus Barracks Loop Walk): Google Maps

  • Follow the signs along the Siúlóid Bhólais walk, until you reach coordinates for Ducalla Head: 51.797556, -10.349750, Google Maps


This event is suitable for all ages and is aimed at everyone from the novice wildlife enthusiast to more experienced naturalist with an interest in biological recording. No dogs allowed.


No booking necessary, for further information contact:

Christina Winkler | 086 0368334 | winkler@ucc.ie




 

There is a wealth of natural, built and cultural heritage on the Iveragh Peninsula. For full details of each of the Heritage Week events, you can visit the official Heritage Week website: https://www.heritageweek.ie/.


We are compiling a list of all the wonderful Heritage Week events happening on the Iveragh Peninsula here. More details about each event on the Heritage Week website


In person events:


If you are running an event, please let us know, so we can add you to our list, email live@ucc.ie

 

The LIVE Project are members of Leave No Trace, an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. You can read more about our commitment to these principles here.


Please note that we will be taking photographs and short recordings during this event to share on the LIVE social media channels, newsletters and website. You will be given the opportunity to opt out of appearing in these recordings. If you think you have been filmed or photographed against your wishes, please let a LIVE team member know and we will delete the image immediately. If you have any queries regarding how we handle personal data, please contact live@ucc.ie or refer to our data protection notice (https://www.ecomuseumlive.eu/privacy-policy).