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 […]

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 […]

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.
1 01, 2013

A New Year, New Events, New Trails, New Workshops

It's all go here at Blackstairs Ecotrails as we salute the New Year and plan our calendar of events for you. I hope it's a Happy and Healthy New Year and that you will be able to get out into the great outdoors in this unique little corner in the South East of Ireland, tucked under the Blackstairs and close to the marvellous River Barrow.
20 12, 2012

Happy Christmas from Blackstairs Ecotrails

Not long to go now till 25th. Days are short here in the Blackstairs and with fog hanging over us today, there was virtually no daylight. We are busy here getting ready our new programme which we will launch in January 2013. Lots of new ventures and all of the old favourites.
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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 […]

22 10, 2012

Geographical Investigations for your School

Here at Blackstairs Ecotrails we not only undertake our three times a week slow relaxing  walks , we also plan lots of  very varied workshops. We have just finished our series of Fungi workshops and a photography and Wild Life Workshop as well. Over the summer we have travelled to different parts of Ireland to  give […]

15 10, 2012

Walking and Talking

When you are out and about all the time ,like we are at Blackstairs Ecotrails you can  monitor the tiniest shift in seasonal change. Slightly cooler mornings, a bit of frost on the grass, evenings closing in and that shift in nature itself , when our summer migrants fly back to warmers climes and our hardier visitors like […]

28 09, 2012

Two Day Advanced Wild Mushroom Workshop October 6th & 7th

September has been a funny month, from a weather perspective at least!. We haven’t had too many of those lovely autumnal days with sun beating down on us and the hint of the changing seasons  advising us that a change is one the way. We have had gales , rain, more gales and more ran […]