Bealtaine living earth festival 2017 in pictures

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According to Discover Ireland, WIT's Bealtaine festival is the “perfect way to spend a little time thinking about the earth”.

The 13th Bealtaine Living Earth Festival, the oldest and the biggest biodiversity festival in Ireland, was a great success with over 2,000 people exploring biodiversity and natural heritage across the southeast in a range of talks, workshops and outdoor guided walks and field trips – even the weather obliged!

All events in our school programme were booked out, and there was great demand for evening and weekend adult and family events. Over 100 people came on both the evening bat walk in Curraghmore and the dusk bird walk in Mount Congreve.

One of the highlights of the week was the WIT staff afternoon with Dave’s reptiles, spiders and scorpions. Parents and children alike were fascinated by the snakes and alligators - so much so that some parents are worried that their child will ask for a pet tarantula for their next birthday! WIT’s Andrew Harrington, brought more than 100 visitors out to the beautiful Curraghmore Estate where he guided a brilliant walk through the woods and explained all about bats, their behaviour and their natural habitat.

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