Tralee Tidy Towns To Host Sustainability And Biodiversity Webinars

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Launching the Tralee Tidy Towns series of webinars at Tralee Bay Wetlands on Friday were Anne Marie Fuller, Caroline Toal PPN, Alan Balfe of Tralee Bay Wetlands, Breda Moriarty, Martha Farrell and Ed Carty. Photo by Dermot Crean

TRALEE Tidy Towns has announced a series of free webinars on sustainability and biodiversity, highlighting the UN Sustainability Goals, taking place over the next month.

The sustainability webinars, which will be delivered by Donal O’Leary of Waste Down will focus on the EPA Stop Food Waste programme and composting, are supported by the Department of Rural & Community Development’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund, Kerry County Council and Kerry PPN.

Tralee Tidy Towns will partner with Maharees Conservation Association CLG, Kerry County Council and the Local Authority Waters Programme to deliver a webinar on the wild birds of the Tralee and Tralee Bay SPA.

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This webinar will be delivered by well-known Tralee birder Ed Carty and will feature the photographs of wildlife artist and photographer, Michael O’Clery.

Members of the public are invited to register their interest in attending the talks by sending an email to or register directly on Eventbrite at:

Anne Marie Fuller of Tralee Tidy Towns said: “The Tidy Towns competition is now aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The food waste reduction and composting webinars we have planned will support the SDGs here in Tralee and in particular SDG 12 which is all about sustainable consumption and production.

“Food waste is one of the largest contributors to global climate change. In Ireland we are generating over 1 million tonnes of food waste each year (  SDG 15 ‘Life on Land’ aims to protect and our rich biodiversity and habitats. We know that the Tralee Bay area is vital to the continued health of thousands of bird species,” said Anne Marie.

Chair of Maharees Conservation Association, Martha Farrell said: “We are delighted to partner with the Local Authority Waters Programme, Kerry County Council, the PPN and Tralee Tidy Towns for the Birds of Tralee and Tralee Bay webinar. Raising awareness of the importance of Tralee Bay and its water quality to our waders and other bird species is something we are all working towards. We are very fortunate to have an experienced birder like Ed Carty provide his insights on these species, particularly as many of the migratory bird species that spend the winter in and around Tralee Bay are now returning.”

Community Water Officer for Kerry, Breda Moriarty said: “The Tralee Bay area is extremely important to our wader birds who depend on it over the winter months. The Local Authority Water Programme is delighted to support this webinar which will bring awareness of some of the bird species that you might see”.

Caroline Toal, Kerry PPN Development Officer said “Kerry PPN is very happy to support Tralee Tidy Towns hosting these events via the Kerry PPN Zoom account. Kerry PPN’s Zoom account is available to all PPN member groups who wish to host talks or meetings”

The details of the webinars are as follows:

• Thursday 21st Oct at 7.30 pm. Topic: EPA Stop food Waste Programme

• Thursday 28th October at 7pm. Topic: Wild birds of Tralee Bay and Tralee area

• Thursday 4th Nov at 7.30 pm. Topic:  Composting part 1…Basics

• Thursday 11th Nov at 7.30 pm. Topic: Composting part 2. Composting Systems

You must register in advance at

Or send an email stating your webinar(s) of interest to

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