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 […]
About Winter Herbal & Culinary Larder workshop
A hands on workshop to stock up your larder with herbal tonics, salves and creams to keep you fighting fit for winter. Jacquie Burgess our Master Herbalist will ensure our wellness and preparedness for winter.We will also cook up some delicious treats EG Sloe Gin,Rowan Berry Schnapps,Turkish Delight and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]