A FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY SPACE EXPLORING THE NATURAL WONDERS OF DUBLIN BAY
“Beachcombing play” inspired by the ethos of Surfrider Foundation Europe whose aim is to protect marine wildlife is a play activity whereby children build sand sculptures and sand castles with marine litter, shells and flotsam based on the wildlife of Bull Island. Games with buckets show how you can conserve water like the Island’s wetlands.
Coast Watch Ireland volunteers and marine biologists will show you how to expertly identify seashells with a free seashell guide of Dublin Bay to take away. Be in for a prize to find the largest number of different sea shells (marine molluscs) around Dollymount. Marine biologists from education experts Marine Dimensions will guide you to explore the wonders of Dublin Bay with touch pools which contain live sea creatures, displays on marine life and “Seashore Detective” activities on the shore.
A team of ornithologists from BirdWatch Ireland will host an interactive display on the Urban Birds of Dublin which amazingly include the iconic migratory Light Bellied Brent Goose , the misunderstood Gulls , the high flying Swift with its memorable summer sounds and the brightly colourful fast riverbirds like the Kingfisher, Dipper and Grey Wagtail. Learn how to identify them and log your records as a citizen scientist. Join us on walks to the dunes to spot and hear Skylarks and Stonechats. Join the Irish Wildlife Trust and find out about Irish marine fauna and the importance of Dublin Bay for wildlife.
Our very own “Crocodile Dundee” in the form of volunteers from the Herpetological Society of Ireland will show you native frogs and lizards and will enthral you with the wonders of reptiles and amphibians. No need to kiss a frog to become enchanted. Join them on a guided walk to the dunes seek out these elusive creatures.
Be inspired by “Leave no Trace” to enjoy the outdoors responsibly as you surf the waves and play on the beach. Visit their outdoor classroom and learn from expert trainers on responsible camping , walking dogs , disposing of waste when you have no bins, being around wildlife , walking on trails and keeping safe in the great outdoors. Learn about the time it takes for “stuff” “ matter out of place” to go back to nature. Participate in games, competitions and get a Leave no Trace certificate to proudly show you friends that you are a Kite Surfing Dublin Bay Biosphere Champion.
“Beach Sculpture and Sam Dougados”
We are very proud to welcome in our Biodiversity Project the fantastic Artist Samuel Dougados, World Champion of Beach Art and Guest of Honour of the Battle for the Bay 2016. More info to come soon, lets see if you can find him on Dollymount beach! www.sam-dougados.com