The second of two reports on the IBIOLI members visit to Birr Castle Demesne, Co. Offaly, on July 16th 2016. After our morning coffee in the Courtyard Cafe, we were welcomed by our very entertaining and informative guide, Damian Harte. At Birr, there is an extensive science centre with exhibitions covering the Parson’s family’s achievements in astronomy, engineering, philosophy, photography, and botany.
The first of two reports on the IBIOLI's excursion to Birr Castle Gardens and the Birr Telescope, on July 16th 2016. This was my first event organised by the committee of the Institute of Biology – what an enjoyable day! Invigorated by the wonderful offerings at the Birr Castle Cafe we set off on our tour of the beautiful gardens and en-route came upon the magnificent six foot diameter telescope nestling there.
The day, Saturday June 6th, was our planned visit to the Great Saltee Island, just over 5km off the coast of Wexford; this was Activity No 6 of the IBIOLI Activity Series for 2015. The Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland and is very popular with both day-trippers and birdwatchers alike.
Members and friends of the Institute of Biology of Ireland, and members of the public congregated at the entrance to the Natural History Museum, Merrion St., Dublin 2, at 2 pm on Saturday, May 16th. The occasion was activity number 5 of the Activity Series 2015 of IBIOLI - a guided tour of the “Dead Zoo” under the leadership of Dr Nigel Monaghan, Keeper of the Museum.
On the 6th of May, 2015, the Institute of Biology of Ireland (IBIOLI) members were again warmly welcomed by Richard Morris on behalf of BurrenBeo (www.burrenbeo.com), the organisers of today’s walk. This was was part of the Burren in Bloom series of walks and talks.
On Sunday morning, May 3rd 2015 at 5.30am, 52 interested ‘birdwatchers’ gathered outside the Village Store in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare for the annual Dawn Chorus event. The event, which was organized by BurrenBeo Trust (www.burrenbeo.com), warmly welcomed members of The Institute of Biology of Ireland (www.ibioli.net) to join them. Gordon D’Arcy, the well-known and respected ornithologist, led the group around the local Turlough, Lough Rask.
A report from the field visit to the Botanic Gardens KiIlmacurragh. A bright sun and a sweeping avenue lined with deep red Himalayan rhododendrons (Rhodendron ferrugineum) in full flower set the scene of a memorable visit for the IBIOLI members to the Botanic Gardens.