Dear Friends of Leave No Trace Ireland,
Spring has arrived and we are delighted to bring you our April newsletter from Leave No Trace Ireland. We have had a busy year with lots of new exciting programmes including new skills and ethics training programmes, a new Tidy Towns Biodiversity training programme, our 4th Advanced Trainer courses, a Leave No Trace CPD and lots of new events across Ireland.
The forecast is for great weather this weekend. If you are heading out for a hike, camp or a wander in the great outdoors this Easter break, whether you're a local, or you're on holiday, we all have a shared responsibility to look after our countryside. Please prepare for your outdoor activity and help us protect our natural envioronment.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019
Save the date! Our Annual General Meeting takes place on Thursday 9th May 2019, 10:00am at Clara Bog Nature Reserve. You can read about all speakers and book your place now at here.
New Leave No Trace Ireland Tidy Towns Award
Leave No Trace Ireland recognise that community groups across Ireland are putting in tremendous efforts to promote the ethos of “Leave No Trace” and responsible outdoor recreation in their local community. This year, we are delighted to launch a new “Leave No Trace Tidy Towns Award”. The award is open to any community group who has shown an appreciation for their outdoor environment and has taken action to promote responsible outdoor recreation. We would like communities to tell us about initiatives undertaken between June 2018 and May 2019. Examples include: educational campaigns of leave no trace in communities, responsible dog owner campaigns, campaigns to reduce single use cups, responsible cycling, hiking or water campaign’s. The prize is training to the value of €1000.
The entry form can be found here Deadline for applications is 17th May 2019.
New Tidy Towns Biodiversity Training Programme in Mayo funded by LEADER
We are proud to share our new biodiversity training programme which is being delivered in partnership with South West Mayo Development Group CGL(SWMDC) and ecologist Dr. Karina Dingerkus from Giorria Environmental Services for Tidy Town Groups. A pilot project is underway in Co. Mayo with five towns participating in the programme through customised workshops and resources. The workshops raise awareness of local biodiversity and how this is linked to outdoor recreation in communities. We have developed a Biodiversity Recreation Toolkit for Communities which we are excited to say will be published and available for all communities within the next few months.
Outdoor Classroom Day 2019
Leave No Trace Ireland will be delivering Outdoor Classroom Day again in 2019. Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, millions of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. In 2018, over 3.5 million children worldwide took part; more than 550,000 of those were in the UK and Ireland.
It will be held again in 2019 on Thursday 23rd May and Thursday 7th November 2019. Sign up here for one or both and help build a movement that gets children outdoors to play and learn every day!
Dog Leaflet and Lambing Season
Some 2.5 million lambs will be born on farms all over Ireland this springtime. Sheep flocks are very vulnerable to dog attacks at this critical time, especially during the night. In addition, the presence of dogs even on a lead, can alarm sheep prior to lambing and have a detrimental effect on them and their lambs. Make sure that your dog is not responsible for injury to sheep or for the stress and financial loss to sheep owners and their families.
At Leave No Trace Ireland we promote responsible behaviours from all dog owners. We have developed a leaflet specifically on how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly with your dog. Click here for further information.
Leave No Trace Ireland Advanced Trainer Course
Our five-day intensive Advanced Trainer Course of 2019 took place from the 18th to the 22nd March. The Course director was Ben Lawhon, Education Director of Leave No Trace US, the course took place in Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, Co Mayo and included a 2-day expedition with co-trainer Aodhnait Carroll. The five-day Advanced Trainer Course is the highest level of Leave No Trace Ireland training currently available in Ireland. This course provides Leave No Trace Trainers with comprehensive facilitation training on Leave No Trace skills and ethics with practical application for the delivery of a 2-day trainer field-based course. The Advanced Trainer Course is designed to prepare Trainers to be the best possible educators of Leave No Trace in Ireland regardless of geographical setting. We would like to congratulate all participants and welcome our newest Advanced Trainers to the Leave No Trace Ireland community.
Leave No Trace Ireland CPD Day
Leave No Trace Ireland hosted a CPD training day on March 23rd. This was hosted by Chairperson of the EAG, Gavin Beetlestone, Noel Doyle, Leave No Trace Researcher and Ben Lawhon, Education Director from Leave No Trace US, in Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. We had an excellent turn out with Leave No Trace Trainers and members travelling from across Ireland to join us for this event. It provided an excellent opportunity for learning and networking as well as sharing best practises, new research and new Leave No Trace international programmes.
Leave No Trace Ireland Joins the Irish Environmental Network in 2019
We are delighted to announce that Leave No Trace Ireland are now official members of the Irish Environmental Network. The Irish Environmental Network (IEN) is made up of nationally active Irish Environmental NGOs. The IEN’s groups represent a broad range of environmental issues including everything from wildlife conservation to climate change. Over the coming year as a member of the network we look forward to supporting the work of the IEN and collaborating with other members to continue to raise awareness of the Leave No Trace message across Ireland.
New River Ecology Programme with Streamscapes
Leave No Trace Ireland has partnered with the StreamScapes Aquatic & Biodiversity Education Programme to deliver a new river ecology programme Co. Louth. StreamScapes was developed by Coomhola Salmon Trust, ltd. (CST), of Bantry, County Cork an environmental NGO and the programme has reached hundreds of schools and community groups throughout Ireland north and south providing a local catchment education programme through classroom lessons and Field Trips to their local waterbodies. Our programme in partnership with StreamScapes will help raise awareness and appreciation of river ecology and the principles and practices of leave no trace in a fun, hands-on environment.