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Tiny Hidden Treasures Workshops

  • Climate Change

Calling all explorers! Did you know that our bogs are teeming with tiny plant and animal life? Below our feet is a microcosm of wonder! Together, using our ecologists’ tools and drawing skills, we will delve into the tiny world of bog flora and fauna.

Melanie Whelan Illustration and Wild Nephin National Park invite you to explore the wild and wonderful flora and fauna of the bog. Together we will learn about our discoveries and capture our ‘specimens’ through illustration.

Children will explore the biodiversity of the bog. As well as identifying the different species, the finer details of botanical specimens will be examined using botany loupes. The animal life of the bog will also be examined. Animals will be live-captured using a number of different methods including pond dipping for the aquatic animals, Longworth traps for the small mammals and sweep nets for the insects living in foliage and grasslands.

There are two workshops at 11am and 2pm, lasting about two hours.

Suitable for age 7+. Guardians/parents must remain with children for duration of the workshop.

Booking is essential by calling 098 49888 or email

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Ballycroy Visitors Centre
Wild Nephin National Park
Co. Mayo

10 Jun 2023

11.00AM - 4.00PM

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