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 [...]

6 10, 2013

October Hike Sunday 27th

On Sunday October27th  we are having one of our regular Hikes through the hills to lovely deserted valleys with cool mountain streams. Photo Suzanne Clarke 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 [...]

29 09, 2013

Foraging Walk and Talk Saturday October 19th 2013

Before the Pooka comes we are having a last Autumnal forage to look for berries, greens, nuts and fungi in the beautiful Barrow Valley. The hedgerows are bursting with fruits, haws, hips and sloes. The Beech trees are laden with nuts and if the squirrels have left any nuts for us on the Hazel trees [...]

5 08, 2013


There is something deeply satisfying about going into a beautiful wood looking for wild mushrooms .The combination of  trees, undergrowth and stillness combined with  the thrill of discovering some  delicious edible fungi or getting to know some of the fantastic varieties that live in our broadleaf or coniferous woods appeals to  us. Whether it is [...]

19 07, 2013

Bats in the Old Rectory

On Friday night July 26th we are having a  bat walk and talk with local expert Padraig Kavanagh. We are very luck yin Killedmond to have bats, not in the belfry but in the Old Rectory. On Friday 26th July we hope the weather will be suitable for a fascinating talk on bats by Padraig [...]

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, and [...]

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 [...]

26 02, 2013

Spring – Time for Ecology,Biology &Geographical Days Out

Longer days and a perceptible shift in the natural world, tells us that Spring has definitely arrived. In the Barrow valley the woods are beginning to wake up and the forest floor is teeming with a vibrant wild life from beetles to slugs, worms to small mammals.  Life is getting interesting down here. Better weather means we can get our more and we [...]

13 02, 2013

11 Days to go for our First Workshop of the Year

On Saturday February 23rd we will host our first Find It ,Pick It, Cook It, Eat It Workshop of 2013. We will go deep into the woods and see what is peeking up after the winter. Already I have had a sneak preview and there are lots of interesting leaves and salady things beginning to emerge. We will look for edible leaves, shoots and [...]

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.