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August Bank Holidays events - Native Species Weekend and Big Bug Bonanza Day


Native Species Weekend 5th & 6th Aug & Big Bug Bonanza Day 7th Aug

Meet a selection of Ireland’s terrestrial and aquatic inhabitants at Fota Wildlife Park this coming August Bank Holiday. Your visit will include the free, interactive, informational and fun Native Species Weekend on the 5th and 6th of August, followed by the Big Bug Bonanza Day on the 7th August all included with your admission. The events will run in the large Marquee by the Oasis Café from 12 noon to 4.00 pm on each of the days and will feature the following:
Native Species Weekend 5th & 6th August – interactive displays from the following:

• Dingle Aquarium, which hosts Ireland’s largest collection of sharks

• Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest native species aquarium bring their Explorers Education Programme™ to Fota Wildlife Park. This is a great opportunity to showcase 'Nobby' their model boat, to promote ocean literacy and enable young and older people to see our marine species up close. The Explorers Education Programme™ aims to build on Ireland’s marine and maritime heritage by increasing awareness of the value, opportunities and social benefits of our ocean wealth and identity.

•       Cork County Bat Group

• Cork Nature Network, the stand will focus on otters. Cork Nature Network have been running an otter project in Cork City over the last year and are now producing a short film on otters. They will show camera footage plus information on this enigmatic species. Cork Nature Network operate locally in Cork City and County. Their aim is to encourage knowledge on how important wildlife species and habitats are and to promote their protection and conservation.

• Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations, who among other things promote the welfare of beekeeping and Beekeepers in Ireland and to promote the conservation of the native dark bee, apis mellifera mellifera.

• Fota Wildlife Park Education Department, will be displaying their collection of birds of prey and native mammals biofacts and will be on hand to give information throughout the day

• Activities Team – will be based in the large marquee from 12 noon creating native species themed arts and crafts


Big Bug Bonanza Day 7th August -stands include:

• UCC Insect collection

• Big Bug Facts – interactive stand containing information on bees and pollination and why they are so important to maintain for the ecosystem

• Fota Wildlife Park’s live insect collection –with a Ranger on hand to tell you more about these fascinating creatures

• Live Ladybird Collection – research scholar Gill Weyman who is running the citizen science survey on invasive ladybird species will have examples of these invasive Harlequin species will be available to tell you more and answer any questions

• Bug Senses – interactive stand where you can learn more about the mouth, hearing and vision of insects

• Butterfly Biofacts – using a microscope and screen you can get up close and personal to some wonderful butterflies

• Morning and afternoon bug hunt:
            12 noon – 12.45 and 2 – 2.45 Departs from outside Marquee, parental supervision essential

• Activities Team – will be based in the large marquee from 12 noon, creating insect themed arts and crafts

• 3pm Pollinator Talk given by Dr Karen Loxton of Cork Nature Network