29 10, 2013

Getting Children into the Outdoor Classroom

Getting Children into the Outdoor Classroom

Did you know that 40% of young children between 7-11 have never climbed a tree? That as many as 60% know more about Pandas and Siberian Tigers than they do about Song Thrushes or how many spots there are on a Ladybird.

A recent article by George Monbiot for the […]

23 09, 2013

WILD MUSHROOM HUNT

This Saturday September 28th, we  are holding one of our regular Wild Mushroom Hunts at the Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow.

We will meet up at 10.30 am and have an introductory chat about the different types of fungi to look out for. We are not going to bamboozle you with facts but give […]

28 07, 2013

BUTTERFLY WALK AND TALK – Saturday August 3rd

Next Saturday 3rd August, we are off to the Raven, that wonderful area of sand dunes and cool woods near Curracloe Co. Wexford.

This is an Area of Special Conservation with magnificent wild flowers, herbs, butterflies and birds .

 

On the day we are hoping to see as many of our Irish Butterflies as possible from […]

9 07, 2013

HIKING IN CARLOW! SATURDAY 27TH

On Saturday July 27th  we are having one of our regular Hikes through the hills to lovely deserted valleys with cool mountain streams.

 

Here’s the deal.

We will meet at Killedmond at 12 for light refreshments then off we go to the unspoiled wilderness areas of the Blackstairs.

We will provide a  simple packed lunch.

On our […]

27 05, 2013

List of Incredible Edibles At the Raven – Saturday May 25th

Thanks again to so many people for joining Robert and I on  our Foraging Walk Last Saturday. I promised that I would put up names of plants and herbs that we saw. So here they are are.  If you are interested in foraging, get a good flower guide and take your time to look […]

8 05, 2013

Hike Into the Wilds – Saturday June 8th

On Saturday June 8th we will be taking  to the hills for one of our monthly hikes into the wilderness. We will meet in Killedmond and then off into the remote valleys of the  Blackstairs to high bogs and wild remote areas. We will hope to see upland birds such as Ravens, Kestrels, maybe Curlews, as well as Dippers on fast flowing mountain streams.  We will pass through  wild  glens, bogs, […]

19 03, 2013

Getting Ready for our Overseas Visitors

A glimpse of Mount Leinster

Although there is snow on the mountains and a cold wind blowing  across the Barrow Valley, Spring is on it’s way.

I was walking along the Barrow track this morning  that magnificent long ,grassy walkway that runs for miles and miles , is full of the signs that winter is on the wane.

Two beautiful Mute Swans were looking at potential nesting sites; a Kingfisher flew upstream looking mighty pleased with himself. A Blackbird was singing it’s little heart out with that […]

27 01, 2013

MAKING IT EASIER FOR YOU TO WALK WITH US!

Some of you may have noticed that our website was having a little TLC applied to it last week! Well, now were’ back! We are delighted to let all our friends and Eco trailers know that we have made it easier for you to book a walk, a workshop, buy gift vouchers for trails […]

10 01, 2013

New Walking and Eco Tourism Centre at Blackstairs Ecotrails

About one hour ago we heard that we had got planning permission to develop our lovely old barn into a dedicated walking and Eco Tourism Centre. We are so delighted to get this news because it will enable us to welcome more walkers to Killedmond, host even more workshops and hold seminars and small conferences in a lovely building looking out over the Blackstairs Mountains.
3 12, 2012

Tuesday January 1st 2013 – New Year's Day Walk In The Blackstairs

2012 is winding down. Over the last few weeks we have had some very peculiar weather. Heavy rain and gales, hard frost with snow on the Blackstairs and in between, gorgeous sunny days with blue skies. Great days for walking and watching what is happening here in South Carlow.

It ‘s the little things that matter.

Flocks of Long Tailed Tits moving through […]