National Biodiversity Week 2017

19th - 28th May Ballycroy National Park is delighted to announce a series of FREE special events to celebrate Biodiversity Week 2017. We encourage all ages to be inspired by our county’s incredible biodiversity. We are lucky to have many interesting and exciting species ranging from the smallest insects and rarest Irish plants to some of the largest animals alive such as the basking shark and whales in Co. Mayo, many of them within Ballycroy National Park. Saturday 20th May...

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Unlocking the Night

RTE 1 Sean O'Rourke show with Marie Louise O'Donnell Marie Louise O'Donnell joined us for Heritage Week. Listen to her talk about wildlife at night and Ireland's new Dark Sky Park http://rte.ie/r.html?rii=b9_21041723_15036_23-08-2016  

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Astronomical Drawing

Wed 8pm @ Visitor Centre We are hosting a really interesting event on Wed 30th November here in the Visitor Centre. Artist Deirdre Kelleghan will present and demonstrate Astronomical Drawing. Just go outside and draw it! A presentation / part demonstration about astronomical drawing.  Featuring Messier Objects , Comets , Milky Way and Meteor Shower drawing.  Techniques,  Materials,  Equipment, Software. This will be a Dark Sky evening with a difference - Deirdre will talk about her work combining two passions...

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Reopening March 16th

We are reopening for the 2017 season on Thursday 16th March 2017. To celebrate join us on a FREE Guided Walk of Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail (Approx. 2km ) Friday 17th March @ 4.00PM Saturday 18th March @ 2.00PM Sunday 19th March @ 2.00PM Suitable for all ages and abilities. No booking required. For more info contact: 098-49888/ballycroyvisitorcentre@ahg.gov.ie

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Mayo Dark Sky Festival

Ireland’s First Ever Dark Sky Festival!! October Bank Holiday Weekend https://www.mayodarkskyfestival.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Mayo-Dark-Sky-Festival On the 5th of May 2016 the Ballycroy National Park & Wild Nephin in North-West Mayo became Ireland’s first Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park as recognised by the International Dark Sky Association.www.darksky.org The Dark skies of the Nephin Wilderness in County Mayo are nationally recognized. Our darkness not only adds to the aesthetic qualities of the wilderness, but is important to the health of our wildlife. As...

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