All buzzing for the Wild Bee Festival in Skerries – Sat, July 22 and Sun 23

by Rose Barrett
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Skerries will be absolutely buzzing over the coming weeks as the Wild Bee Festival returns on Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, with a host of events to entertain and inform bee and biodiversity enthusiasts.

The festival began in 2022 and was set up by local bee experts Charlie and Marion Heasman who are members of ‘Sustainable Skerries’ a group concerned with the sustainable and biodiverse future of the growing coastal town.

And this year promises to deliver a packed agenda with lots to see and learn!

Buzzing with fun!

Funded by Fingal County Council and the Community Foundation for Ireland, the weekend-long event features a series of talks and walks suited to everyone. The organisers say they look forward to welcoming families, first-timers and returning guests to enjoy all Skerries has to offer.

Attendees will have the chance to learn about creating bee-friendly environments, protecting biodiversity, identifying birds and wildflowers, and understanding the impact of climate change on our ecosystem.

Speakers include Brian Seales of Trinity College Dublin, local ecologist Kate Harrington, Phoenix Park tour guide Leif Barry and Cathal Copeland of Birdwatch Ireland.

All events are free of charge, but places are limited and must be prebooked. Registration can be done online at and those interested in attending are encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment.

Former Mayor of Fingal Howard Mahony with Deborah Tiernan Biodiversity Officer FiCC at the opening event of
the Skerries Bee Festival in Skerries Mills. Pic: Fintan Clarke\Coalesce

Biodiversity Officer, Deborah Tiernan from FCC says the council is delighted to see the return of the festival: ‘The Skerries Wild Bee Festival is a great opportunity for members of the public to come along and learn all about Wild Bees particularly the Carder Bee who is thriving in Skerries thanks to the dedication of Charlie and Marion Heasman of Sustainable Skerries.

“We would encourage everyone who can to come along and find out more about the very important biodiversity work happening in Skerries and take home the skills and knowledge to their own homes and towns’.

Little butterfly heads enjoying festival fun

Organisers Charlie and Marion Heasman say the festival is the perfect opportunity for families to get involved in biodiversity. Charlie says: ‘There are small actions every one of us can take to make our gardens and public spaces more attractive for bees and we’ll be talking about the things you can do on our guided walks, so we are looking forward to seeing people come out and join us to really see the changes we have made with Sustainable Skerries in action’.

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