As many of you know, we commissioned consultant ecologist Roger Goodwillie (pictured below) to carry out a biodiversity study of local green areas. Roger’s study included Longford Gardens (the wild part of the DART park; the banks of Stradbrook Stream; Monkstown Castle, Carrickbrennan Lawn; Carrickbrennan Cemetery; CBC Monkstown; Vesey Park; and De Vesci Gardens. This is the full report, with recommended actions, Monkstown Village Biodiversity Report Nov 2019

Sources of information about pollinators:

 “Gardening for Biodiversity”, a lovely 40-page easy-to-follow booklet from the Department of Heritage via Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co. Council is available to download

There is also a super webinar to go with it,  courtesy of Limerick Co. Council.

More useful videos based on the book produced by Laois Co. Council can be found here.

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has a huge range of resources. Of particular use for domestic gardens, take a look at their guidelines for gardens and seasonal plant lists


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What’s On

Our message is to #StaySafe – you are urged to use your own judgement and take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your friends and your family. 

  • Wednesday Weeds – 7.30 pm to 8.30pm bring your own gloves we’ll bring equipment – volunteers welcome
  • Saturday Tidy, 10.30 to 11.30 – weekly meeting starting from St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Alma Place.  Please bring your own gloves, thank you. 
  • Plastic Free Talk*  13th August Award winning, conservationist and environmentalist, Susan Adam, is giving a talk on everything plastic. *PLEASE NOTE THIS TALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
  • Biodiversity At the Stream – 3pm 16th August – A walk and talk by the stream for grown ups led by Aoife Munn – We will discuss water quality, biodiversity in the area and what we can do to improve our waterways. Meet at roundabout in front of the church Book via as numbers are limited
  • Evening beach clean in association with Clean Coasts Wednesday 19th August 7pm to 8.30pm – meet at Salthill & Monkstown DART carpark – please bring your own gloves and wear suitable footwear.

Please join up, get in touch and get involved. Lets have a great summer and continue to make our lovely seaside village an even better place to live, work or visit.  We have the following events in planning – watch this space!

  • Bird Walk with Nic Channon – September 2020
  • Shops of Monkstown –  Guided Walk with Carole Cullen – September 2020
  • Tree Walk with Katy Duff – Autumn 2020

Storm Ciara – February 2020

Trees in Winter with Katy Duff

Biodiversity Survey with Roger Goodwillie