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23 10, 2015

2016 Events at the Barn

With the clocks going back at the weekend, we know that the year is winding down, so it is time to look forward to 2016! We are planning lots of events for the coming year and we will also be highlighting our amazing Eco Centre which is suitable for so many different types of events [...]

17 09, 2015

Wild Food Summer School

It's Wednesday evening, just three days since  our 2015 Wild Food Summer School ended. We had three days of foraging, talks, film, demonstrations, wild food cooked by extraordinary chefs and the brilliant and one and only Miles Irving who was with us for the weekend, sharing his passion and love of foraging and how we [...]

27 05, 2015

Wild Food Summer School September 11th, 12th, 13th September 2015

  We are delighted to announce the draft programme for our  second Wild Food Summer School in September. We have changed the format this year with lots of new additions. More foraging, more great speakers, films, music,  Artisan Food stalls, Cheese making and  events for children. We also have a retrofitted ambulance  giving workshops on [...]

26 05, 2015

Midsummer Ecotrail

We are having one of our  Eco Trails on June 20th, a very special Mid Summer Walk. We will listen for cuckoos singing in the woods, keep an eye out for Red Squirrels and watch the magical luminous colours of Dragonflies on the edges of ponds and rivers. We will try and see as many [...]

25 05, 2015

Wexford Food Festival Foraging Recipes

I promised I would put up the recipes we talked about on our  Foraging Walks on Saturday and Sunday during the Wexford Food Festival.  If you are really interested in doing some more foraging yourselves, get a good  Flower Book and start to enjoy the amazing world of wild herbs, flowers, berries and nuts.  Or [...]

30 03, 2015

Delicious Nettles!

Nettles are one of nature's most versatile plants. For centuries they have been used as Spring tonics, teas, soups, pestos and even made into fibres for cloth and and if you get a sting, the acid from the plant  can help arthritis sufferers by releasing that uric acid into the bloodstream . We use them [...]

20 03, 2015

First Foraging Workshop April 12th 2015

I am writing this as the sky darkens, birds fall silent and it looks like night time here in the Blackstairs. March  20th, the morning of the partial solar eclipse. It does look peculiar out there! However  despite the darkness we are kicking off our Spring season with lots of events here at our Eco [...]

26 01, 2015

Make Me a Forager!

2015! It has a nice new ring to it. New possibilities, new adventures and for us here at Blackstairs Ecotrails lots of new workshops and events for you to discover. We started Blackstairs EcoTrails in 2011, so this is our fourth year in business. For those of you who don't know much about us we [...]

8 12, 2014


It's a beautiful  frosty morning here in the Blackstairs. The bird table is stuffed with a  pre -Christmas  feast of cooked potatoes, peanuts, a little left over  cabbage and a few old mouldy bits of cheese found  in the darkest recesses of the fridge. A happy bunch of Blue Tits,  Great Tits, Coal its, a [...]

11 10, 2014

Ten Things I liked about the Wild Food Summer School – David Donohoe

  Ten things I loved about The Blackstairs Eco Trail's  Summer School Autumn has always been my favourite season, with that golden sun that burrows beneath the skin to leave enough glow to last the winter - the same sun that ripens the fruits of the hedgerows and jolts those enigmatic mushrooms into springing forth. [...]