Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland are excited to be at Bord Bia Bloom for the first time this year! Visit them to learn all about wildlife rehabilitation, what it was like to set up Irelands first dedicated wildlife hospital and their plans for the future. Through multimedia talks and family workshops they will bring you on a Wildlife Rehabilitation journey and hopefully leave you with a greater awareness of our native Irish wildlife and their needs.
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind (IGDB) is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to enabling people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence. For over 40 years they have worked with their community of Breeders, Puppy Raisers, Home Socialisers, Temporary Boarders, Trainers, Staff, Volunteers and supporters to change as many lives as possible. Visit their stand to learn more about the important work they do and to experience their sensory tunnel. The aim of the sensory tunnel is to help people experience what it is like to be visually impaired.
National Biodiversity Data Centre
The National Biodiversity Data Centre works to make biodiversity data and information more freely available. They complete this work through several projects including the following. The Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. Through the ‘Invasive Alien Species in Ireland’ project, the group promotes ‘Be Plant Wise’ an initiative which revolves around biosecurity in gardens. Biosecurity reduces the spread of invasive plants which impacts our wildlife, environment and economy. Many of their monitoring schemes can be done in gardens making them accessible and interesting to Bloom visitors.
Irish Seed Savers
Irish Seed Savers is an environmental organization and social enterprise. They Protect, Conserve and Utilize Ireland’s diverse genetic food crop heritage, safeguarding food crop biodiversity for present and future generations. They aim to create awareness among the public of Ireland’s food crop heritage and the need for its protection and conservation. They educate and create awareness of Ireland’s living seed bank and the National Irish Heritage Apple Tree collection housed at Irish Seed Savers. ISSA currently has 1600 loyal supporters and always encourage new members to sign up and support their work.
Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Association
Drop by this exciting stand to see live bees, feel the buzz of an observation bee hive and examine different beekeeping products.
Irish Wildlife Trust
The Irish Wildlife Trust aims to conserve wildlife and the habitats they depend on throughout Ireland.
Their stand will have educational materials and displays to engage the public. These will include a living pond-life display, animal artefacts for handling and free wildlife posters. These materials will all be family friendly. They will run fun kids nature workshops at their stand throughout the event with nature magazine and posters available for kids to take home at the end. It’s Bloom so there is no better place to talk about Wildlife Gardening. They will be giving out info on how to manage your garden to help Ireland’s wildlife.
The Native Woodland Trust
The Native Woodland Trust are a charity and Ireland’s premier native tree planting organisation. Their aims are the preservation of Ireland’s native woodlands as well as the planting / creation of a network of new native woodlands nationwide. They have 11 sites nationwide and 3 native tree nurseries. Visit this tent for information, displays and memberships. They will also have a Kids tent with art activities and face painting.
Irish Coast Guard
The Irish Coast Guard is Ireland’s 4th Blue Light service (along with An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service and the Fire Service). It provides a nationwide maritime emergency organisation as well as a variety of services to shipping and other government agencies. The purpose of the Irish Coast Guard is to promote safety and security standards, and by doing so, prevent as far as possible, the loss of life at sea, and on inland waters, mountains and caves, and to provide effective emergency response services and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment. Stop by the tent for safety on the water demos, talks, handouts and a live demonstration of Irish Coast Guard equipment.
Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
DNFC are concerned with the conservation and protection of scarce and threatened plants and animals and the protection of sites of scientific interest. Their members includes both amateur and professional naturalists. Interest and enthusiasm are the only qualifications needed to get involved!