12 September 2021 @ 10.00am – 5.00pm
Phoenix Park
D08 Y304
01 677 0095
Biodiversity Festival - Sunday 12th September @ Phoenix Park

All events are outdoors. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

All events are free, however, booking is required for some as places are limited. Please click on those events below to book a spot through Eventbrite.

Please contact 01 677 0095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie for queries

Outdoor Exhibition in the Walled Garden – Citizen Science of the Phoenix Park “Science for the People, by the People”  10am – 5pm

Honey Bee Observation Hive. In association with the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association 11am – 4pm. No Booking required.

Self-guided biodiversity trail around Ashtown Demesne. All Day 9.30am – 5pm – No Booking Required, pick up your biodiversity trail map from the Visitor Centre.

Self-guided tree trail around Ashtown Demesne. All Day 9.30am – 5pm – No Booking Required. Pick up your tree trail map from the Visitor Centre.

Traditional Hay Saving. Come see and learn how hay was saved traditionally here in Ireland and the benefits it had for our biodiversity. With Michael Jacob, Heritage Specialist. 11am – 4pm. No Booking Required. In the meadow beside the Visitor Centre.

The Phoenix Park Gate Lodge Gardens. Join us for a walking tour to the gate lodge gardens of the Phoenix Park. Capturing the history of the lodges and the gardens.  With Maeve Rice, OPW Guide. 11am – 12pm

Birds of the Phoenix Park. Join Birdwatch Ireland for a walking tour to view the many different species of birds of our woodlands and ponds. With Niamh Fitzgerald, Birdwatch Ireland. 12pm – 1pm

The Seven Principals of “Leave No Trace. Learn the seven principals of Leave No Trace which will provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting outdoors. With Keith McDonnell, Leave No Trace. 12pm -1pm

Trees of the Phoenix Park. This walking tour will cover why the planet needs trees for its survival. Trees also provide habitat for terrestrial biodiversity. With Bernie Canning, OPW Guide. 1pm – 2pm

Grass Identification of the Hay Meadow at Ashtown Demesne. Learn about the many different species of grass that can be found with the Phoenix Park. With Dr. Fionnuala O’Neill, Director of Ecology, BEC Consultants. 2pm – 3pm (Adults)

Life in the Aquatic Habitats of the Phoenix Park. A walking tour on the aquatic biodiversity of the ponds and streams of the Phoenix Park. With Rob Gandola, Herpetological Society of Ireland. 2pm – 3pm

The history of the Fallow Deer in the Phoenix Park. Join us for a talk to learn about the history of the Fallow deer in the Phoenix Park and their yearly life cycle. With Terry Moore, OPW, Deer Keeper/ Park Range. 2pm – 3pm

How to become a Citizen Scientist. Join us on a walking tour to learn how to identify flora and fauna and how to become a citizen scientist. With Leif Barry, OPW Guide. 3pm – 4pm