Forestry tips and advice on offer in Birr
Array of displays and exhibitions at Offaly event to give management help for plantation owners
The Irish Timber Growers' Association (ITGA) will, with support from the Forest Service, host the Education and Conference Centre at Birr Castle.
This feature will provide talks, seminars and information on subjects relating to forestry, woodlands and bioenergy, and all are free of charge and open to everyone attending the show.
The following are the displays and presentations that will be available over the two days.
Forests, wildlife and biodiversity
PLANFORBIO Forest Biodiversity Research Programme (Planning and Management Tools for Biodiversity) is run by a team of botanists and zoologists from TCD and UCC, who are working with Coillte to explore the biodiversity of Irish forests in this nationwide research project. The display will outline their findings and highlight the contribution of our forests to Irish wildlife and biodiversity.
Irish Squirrel and Pine Marten Project
Emma Sheehy, from the Mammal Ecology Group, NUI Galway, will show and discuss translocation as a conservation tool for the red squirrel, following on from the success of the recent pilot project in the west of Ireland.
Translocation is the movement of live animals from one area, with free release in another, with the aim of establishing a viable, free-ranging population in the wild. Evidence that grey squirrel numbers have declined considerably in some midland counties will also be discussed, and the popular -- though unconfirmed -- theory that the pine marten may be responsible for controlling invasive squirrel species.