Corncrakes, Biodiversity & Birdsong - Online Event

Fri 21st – Sat 22nd May 2021 at 7.30 – 9.30pm each evening (GMT +1 )

A weekend dedicated to Birds & Biodiversity – especially the Corncrake

In Collaboration with the Corncrake Traonach LIFE Project, With Special guests Aengus Kennedy & Malcolm Green

Entry to this weekend long event is €25 if you feel the ticket cost is out of reach, please get in touch.

This weekend is inspired by the Corncrake. Parts of Donegal, particularly the offshore islands of Inishboffin and Tory, are some of the few habitable landscapes left for what was once a bountiful bird across the entire Island of Ireland & the UK. As such, the decline in the Corncrake population has seen it added as a red listed breed. However, there is much being done to ensure the protection of this bird, with conservation and habitat management initiatives by Birdwatch Ireland and most recently the Corncrake Traonach Life project.

The Song House has teamed up with The Corncrake Life Project to bring you this online gathering dedicated to Birds, Birdsong & Biodiversity with a particular emphasis and focus on the Corncrake and the new Traonach Life project.

There will be opportunities to share, to learn and exchange knowledge around Birds & Biodiversity in general.

With the Corncrake and Traonach Life project as a centre focus, community engagement officers Caitriona Ni Cheallaigh & Patrick Fitzmaurice will delve into the importance of & opportunities inherent in the projects holistic & community-based approach to conserving the Corncrake. Values of community, individual and collective engagement and participation are encouraged & built upon – where it is seen and understood that what’s good for the conservation of the Corncrake is also good for the community.

Modern farming practices have banished this shy and elusive bird to the western fringes. They cling on to the habitats of wild places like Donegal and we are lucky to hear its distinctive call, luckier again to catch a glimpse.

There is something very valuable to be recognised in the places that allow these birds to remain in existence, and this is something equally worthy of our efforts to hold on to.

Special expert guest Aengus Kennedy, founder of Nature North West – will join Caitriona Kelly and Patrick Fitzmaurice from the Corncrake Life project. Aengus will share his signature talk and workshop – Lost Sounds. See below for more info.

We are also delighted to welcome artist and pioneer of storytelling for nature & environmental education – Malcolm Green.

Malcolm will share an excerpt of Gone Cuckoo, an enchanting & educational performance piece he has created and performed in collaboration with his son. This is a trailer for the main show – which Malcolm will adapt especially for our event.

As well as Malcolm’s performance piece, there will be:

  • Opportunities to share and exchange knowledge in the fields of Biodiversity and Birds – specifically, the Corncrake

  • Learn about your local and native garden birds and their individual songs

  • Invitations to engage with & contribute towards the conservation initiatives of the Corncrake Traonach Life project.

  • Opportunities to exchange knowledge & discuss how and what we as individuals and communities can do

  • Limited spaces as we wish to keep the event as intimate and interactive as possible

For more information, click here