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Dear Friends of Leave No Trace,     

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2022!   

From all the team we’d like to wish you a Happy New Year!  

We’ve been busy working away on our plans for the year ahead, and are preparing for some great public awareness campaigns, so keep an eye on our social media and website! We have an exciting training and events programme lined up and a wide range of projects. Each month we’ll be giving you an update of all our latest news. As always, we want to thank you for your continued support - keep advocating and working hard for a cleaner, greener Ireland! We’ll be right by your side every step of the way. 

If you would like any guidance or information on how to be responsible in the outdoors and Leave No Trace, please check out www.leavenotraceireland.org or email info@leavenotraceireland.org.  

Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been up to, and what’s coming up this year:

First Up Big News, We’re Hiring! 
 

Leave No Trace Ireland are currently recruiting for a new role: Education and Training Officer (Full-Time, 3 Years) 

Leave No Trace Ireland seeks to employ an Education and Training Officer.  This is a position of significant responsibility within Leave No Trace Ireland, playing a key role in the development and delivery of Leave No Trace Training, Accredited Training programmes, coordination of the Accredited Training Network and range of non-formal workshops, events and training. 

See full job description and details on how to apply for the Education and Training Officer position here. 

Love This Place Public Awareness Campaign Announced for 2022 


This summer, our Love This Place awareness campaign returns! Launching in May 2022, this campaign is grounded in the education of responsible outdoor recreation – in reminding each other of the amazing outdoor spaces we have access to, and our roles in loving and protecting them. 

Our official partners include Failte Ireland, Coillte, Sport Ireland, the Department of Rural and Community Development, Waterways Ireland, the OPW, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) under the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Dublin City Council, and Horse Sport Ireland. We also have over 60 official campaign supporters from NGBs, Local Authorities, Non-profits and Communities across the outdoor recreation sector. 

This campaign will focus on providing guidelines and information on our personal responsibilities when enjoying the amazing variety of outdoor spaces we have access to. 

We are so excited to be working on this national campaign. As the summer months approach we know how important it is to keep people informed on the best practice guidelines. We cannot wait to share this message with you again this year. 

New Training and Events Programme  


Leave No Trace Ireland is delighted to share with you our Events Programme for 2022!

This year you will see a mixture of online and in person events. With COVID-19 restrictions set to continue for the foreseeable future, we have continued our series of exciting online programmes and webinars. These events will be focusing on some of the most pressing environmental topics, and of course the application of Leave No Trace to these issues and beyond. We have also scheduled in person training, which will take place in accordance to the current guidelines. From our online school’s programmes to adult learning, through to our corporate projects - there is something for everyone.

All of our events can be viewed on our online calendar -
https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/training-events-page/ 

Check, Clean, Dry Campaign - Biosecurity 

 

In collaboration with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Waterways Ireland, Sport Ireland, Canoeing Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Marine Institute, Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland and supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service we’ve launched on social media the Check, Clean, Dry Campaign!  

This national campaign is to empower the public to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species and help protect our waterways by applying the Check, Clean, Dry method.  

Extending a special thank you to the National Biodiversity Data Centre for the creation of fantastic educational resources on how to apply the Check, Clean Dry method.
You can access all resources here:
https://invasives.ie/check-clean-dry-resources/ 


How can you support the campaign? 

Follow the campaign across social media, sharing posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #CheckCleanDryIrl to help get it trending! 

Find out more here : https://lnkd.in/gTNauE6j 

 

Certificate of Nature Animation Approved for 2022 

We are thrilled to announce that the Certificate of Nature Animation has been renewed for 2022. Building on the phenomenal success and interest shown to the course last year, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, in partnership with Munster Technological University and Leave No Trace Ireland will offer the course once more.  

The Certificate in Nature Animation has been developed to provide a foundation of knowledge of the key roles and responsibilities of a Natural Heritage Ranger.  

Keep an eye out on our social media for more information on course recruitment and how to apply.  

Leave No Trace to present at the Moved by Nature Webinar, hosted by Ards and North Down Borough Council 

 

We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to speak at the Moved by Nature Webinar. The webinar takes place on the 27th of January and will focus on the role we each play to protect and restore our natural environment. There will be speakers from Europarc, the WISE Scheme, The Green Blue, the Right Side of Outside and Sustainable NI. Dr Noel Doyle, presenting on behalf of Leave No Trace Ireland, will focus on how we disseminate and spread the Leave No Trace ethos through clubs, organisations and communities.  

Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve Community Engagement Project Update 

The Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve is an area of unique beauty that brings happiness to its many visitors each year. It is also an area that faces more than its fair share of threats and difficulties.  

Last year Leave No Trace Ecologist, Padraic Creedon launched this exciting new project through the ‘Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve Community Engagement Webinar’ -  https://youtu.be/nx5B-JEaNpg  

Following on from this webinar the first ‘Community Impact Day’ took place at Knocksink Wood on Sunday, January 16th. Padraic was joined by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the PURE Project and over 25 local residents and Knocksink enthusiasts for what turned out to be a beautiful day in the winter sun.  

Our first Community Impact Day focused on restorative actions on the woods and removing ‘beacon’ impacts. These beacon impacts, when present will often inspire more impacts to occur around them in a snowball effect of problems. Working throughout the day everyone involved took to removing old campfires, make-shift shelters, grafitti from trees and of course any and all litter and waste we found. The day was an incredible success thanks to the local people who champion Knocksink as a place to be both enjoyed and protected.  

Our second ‘Community Impact Day’ will take place on Saturday, February 19th. This time we will be empowering all participants to become effective citizen scientists. The day will consist of a BioBlitz to identify as many species present as possible. We will provide the skills and tools to learn how to identify various plant and animal species and how to use that data by submitting it to the National Biodiversity Data Centres database.  

To register your interest in joining us on this event you can follow this link - https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/training-event/knocksink-wood-nature-reserve-community-bioblitz/  

New Erasmus Project Announced – Go Green 

Leave No Trace are excited to be involved with this European project "GoGreen - Local Action for the EU Green Deal". The main objective is to train decision-makers, public officers and consultants, at the local governance level, for the implementation of the European Green Deal and improve their environmental performance. 

Six partner institutions will lead the project: three municipalities namely Lousada - Portugal, Zoersel - Belgium, Soto del Real - Spain, two environmental NGOs, ASPEA - Portugal, Leave No Trace Ireland - Ireland and a research centre Synthesis - Cyprus. 

The consortium will produce training courses and materials on relevant topics in environmental local governance, such as water, waste, land use planning, biodiversity protection, communication and social mobilization.  

The project will also produce a collaborative and decision-support platform, a collection of environmental best practices illustrated with concrete cases from all over Europe and a handbook to support networking and the search for funding. The first exchange is set to take place in Westport, on the 15th and 16th of March 2022. We are super excited to be hosting our partners and cant wait to get started on this project.  

Marine Explorers Online 

The Explorers Education Programme offers a range of marine themed modules for primary school students and teachers in the classroom, through blended learning as well as out-door education. The Programme provides great teaching materials to help develop ocean literacy. The cross curricular resources have also been developed to support STEM & STEAM topics, as well as themes covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Check out the latest fun resources including Learning about Squid Dissection Film and Fun Facts, information books on Squid, Children workbooks, as well as Kraken presentations, lesson plans and activities, plus lots more. 

We are now taking bookings for online for the Marine Explorer Modules in:  

  • Sligo 

  • Donegal 

  • Mayo  

  • Leitrim 

  • Limerick  

  • Louth 

If you are interested in your school having a virtual visit from one of our education officers please get in touch https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/education/marine-explorers-education-programme/ 

Core Member Network 

This year Leave No Trace Ireland are launching its core member network. This network will bring together our core members fostering greater collaboration on matters related to outdoor recreation.  

Click here for more information on our Core Members

That’s all for now.
Wishing you all a year of enjoyable and responsible outdoor recreation!   

From all of us here at,
Leave No Trace Ireland 

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