September 28, 2021

Let’s hit the beach! Explore Your Shore biodiversity workshop to take place on Wicklow’s Brittas Bay

The temperatures may be creeping up and the sun coming out a bit more so anyone who fancies hitting the beach can head along to Brittas Bay on March 21 … although we wouldn’t unpack the swimming togs just yet.

A one-day ‘Explore your Shore’ training workshop is planned to help beginners and  enthusiasts to identify species commonly found cast up by the tide along our coasts.

A ‘citizen science’, the initiative is co-ordinated by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC).

The workshop will run from 10am to 15.00pm, with Brittas Bay National School is the venue for the morning session which will consist of a short introduction to the  project, followed by an illustrated talk with particular emphasis on key identification features of mussels and oysters.

The afternoon session involves an outdoor trip to Brittas Bay Beach to practice field skills and, hopefully,  record a wide variety of bivalve species.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their identification skills. The workshop is limited to 20 people (adults only) and booking is essential to secure a place. To book a place please e mail

This initiative is part of a larger programme of biodiversity awareness and citizen engagement co-ordinated by Wicklow County Council through the actions of the County Wicklow Biodiversity and Heritage Plans.  For more see and

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