Bealtaine Living Earth Biodiversity Festival Goes Online

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16-24 May marks the 16th year of the Bealtaine Living Earth biodiversity festival. Coordinated by Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM engagement centre, the festival brings groups from across the south east of Ireland together to celebrate biodiversity and our Living Earth and is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

What to Expect at the Bealtaine Living Earth Biodiversity Festival

This year’s festival will be a little different explains Calmast Manager Dr Cordula Weiss. “With the current restrictions in place, the festival will be bringing these events directly into your home, through online guided walks and activities for all the family, allowing you to see and appreciate the biodiversity at these wonderful sites but also explaining how to explore the biodiversity on your doorstep.”

Featuring a curated online tour of the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens through four seasons, a guided wellness walk in JFK arboretum, rock pooling videos by the Sea gardener Marie Power, self-directed workshops and guides of the Copper Coast, activities exploring the biodiversity in your garden- there is something for everyone at the festival.

“For the past 15 years, the festival has hosted expert guides bringing the people of the south east on guided walks and talks to the beautiful settings like Mount Congreve, the Waterford Greenway and along the Copper Coast, and the JFK Arboretum. In addition to events in these wonderful locations the festival has always promoted the idea of biodiversity all around us, in our own neighbourhoods and our doorstep. Now in this time of lockdown, there has never been a better time to hear and see extraordinary things in ordinary places – bird song, flowers, trees etc,” she says.

The full festival listing and details of online events will be added to

Gemma Creagh

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