We have six wonderful fieldtrips to choose from, each one chosen to maximise your experience of Dublin Bay Biosphere, but which also link back to the Workshop topics.
- Visit to Dublin Port: Dublin Port handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland making it critical to the economy. Dublin Port Company is a member of Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership and has an active Corporate Social Responsibility programme. This tour will take in the port’s infrastructure, cultural heritage aspects and biodiversity conservation and monitoring projects. Speakers will include Eamonn O'Reilly (CEO, Dublin Port Company). The tour will conclude with a drink on board the former tender ship the MV Cill Airne, located on North Wall Quay on the River Liffey.
- Stand Up Paddleboarding to Dalkey Island: Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to explore the Dublin Bay Biosphere’s beautiful coastline. Paddle out to Dalkey Island or enjoy the enclosed Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a beginner, the professionals will look after you and help you get your sea legs. Learn about the heritage and biodiversity of the marine zone in Dublin Bay while you paddle!
- Living History at Dalkey Castle and walking tour of Killiney Hill: Step back in time and enjoy a fully guided tour of Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, which includes a 14th century castle, an Early Christian Church and a modern Heritage Centre. The visitor experience is enhanced by costumed actors from Deilg Inish Theatre Company who bring the history to colourful life. An Archer will defend you, a Barber Surgeon will cure your ailments and a Cook will give you mouth-watering recipes. This will be followed by a guided walking tour of Killiney Hill. Learn about the Red Squirrel Conservation Project and other wildlife, while enjoying views over Killiney Bay.
- Walking tour of Howth Head: Join us for a guided walk on Howth Head led by Shane’s Howth Hikes, a local ecotourism business. You will meet the local Special Amenity Area management committee and see the conservation work undertaken (heathland management, invasive species control, path maintenance). We will discuss models of governance and how to achieve stakeholder engagement.
- Walking tour of North Bull Island: North Bull Island was one of the first generation of BRs and was designated in 1981 because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species. It was expanded in 2015 to form Dublin Bay Biosphere. The island supports nine habitats which are protected under the European Union Habitats Directive as well as internationally important bird populations. It is also used daily by walkers, swimmers, kite-surfers, beachgoers, bird-watchers, nature enthusiasts, and many others.
- Biosphere Discovery Cruise: Biosphere Discovery Tours are an ecotourism initiative developed by Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership in collaboration with Dublin Bay Cruises. Our specially trained guides will welcome you aboard the St Bridget for a guided cruise which departs from Howth Harbour, taking in Ireland’s Eye, Howth Head and their resident seabird colonies before crossing Dublin Bay. Look out for Harbour Porpoises! Fáilte Ireland will provide a guide onboard the bus to point out features of interest.
* Please note that on the Thursday, all fieldtrips will bring participants directly to the Ethnic Evening for dinner. Should you wish to go to your hotel instead, you will have to make your arrangements.