1110, 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. Although I […]

1806, 2014

Update on Wild Food Summer School

I had breakfast outside this morning with the sun high overhead in an extraordinarily blue sky. Fresh strawberries from the garden, warm brown bread from the oven and a big pot of tea! Bliss. Yes I’m trying to whet your appetite for our Summer School.

We have a great line up  of speakers- see  details on […]

206, 2014

Wild Food Summer School

We have been working away here in the Blackstairs on a very exciting project. The first Wild Food Summer School which we believe is a first in Ireland. In August we will have three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks and on the final  day a  Tapas style Sunday lunch of foraged food […]

2304, 2014

What’s that?

I am often out with a group and someone always says “What’s that?” They might point at the sky and see a bird flying overhead or look down and see the marvellous intricacies of a beautiful Dog Violet. When you walk slowly and observe what is happening in the great outdoors small and beautiful sights […]

2910, 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 Guardian […]

2309, 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 you  […]

2807, 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 Blues […]

907, 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 way […]

2705, 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 closely […]

805, 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, and […]