IWDG in Dublin Saturday 16th October

9th Oct 2010 Next Sat. 16th October should be an interesting day for east coast IWDG, IWT (Irish Wildlife Trust) members or general public who would like to join IWDG at Howth Head, Co. Dublin for a whale-watch or the Natural History Museum for a talk...perhaps both.

With a little tinkering, we've managed to re-schedule to facilitate people who'd like to attend both our outdoor and indoor events.

The day kick-starts with a 2 hour land-based whale watch at Howth Head, Co. Dublin, meeting at Balscadden Car Park at 10:00am. This is a joint IWDG/IWT event which will be lead by Brian Glanville and Debbie Pedreschi of IWDG. As we've no idea what the weather will be like on the day, please ensure you dress for field conditions and that you bring your binoculars or spotting scope. If attending, you will need to register by emailing: enquiries@iwt.ie. (poster above)

Later in the day IWDG Sightings Co-ordinator, Pádraig Whooley will be giving a talk at the National Museum of Ireland-Natural History, in the Ceramics Room, Kildare St. at 2:20pm, which should give people ample time to get the Dart back into town.

This presentation is part of series of talks marking the 2010 Year of Biodiversity during which the National Museum of Ireland is hosting a two day seminar on Irish biodiversity on 15th & 16th Oct., between 10:00 am-4:00pm.

This seminar brings together Ireland's biodiversity experts to a public forum for the first time to present their most up-to-date research. Again booking is necessary, and so if interested in attending please contact the seminar organiser on 01-6486316 or email educationnh@museum.ie. Full seminar details and running order list of speakers are available on www.museum.ie (poster below).

Among those also presenting on Fri. 15th will be IWDG member, Lucy Hunt, who will be representing the Irish Basking Shark Group who have been at the cutting edge of basking shark research in Irish waters. For anyone with an interest in Irish marine megafauna, this will be a most interesting presentation.

So if you live within the Pale and you'd like to learn more about whale watching and the work of the IWDG, then why not keep next weekend free. Both events are free and open to all, but please remember to register if you wish to attend either the whale watch at Howth or the talks. We gather that places are filling up fast for the Natural History Museum talks, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We're looking forward to seeing you there

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