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Welcome to our podcasts with Alan Balfe, Wildlife and Education Officer at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park. Our podcast talks about our wonderful Wetlands as they are highly important for wildlife and they come in a variety of different types.

Hello there, Welcome to our eight podcast with Alan, Wildlife and Education Officer at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park. We sincerely hope all of you are doing well and most importantly that you and your families are all healthy. Our eight podcast talks about National Tree Week which is this week, created the Tree Council of Ireland promoting the importance of tree and us. Tips on what to plant in your garden if you can and some history and culture on Trees. We will keep you updated with news from us and we cannot wait to welcome you all back to us at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park.



Stay Safe & Best Regards,
From all the Wetlands Team

Seasonal Greeting from all the Team at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park this Christmas. We hope that everyone is doing very well over the Festive Season we would also like to remind everyone that staying at home doesn't mean that you have to stay inside, go for walk, run, cycle and for anyone brave enough you can go for that Christmas Swim. We ask anyone that is visiting the Coast this year we urge you to "Take 3 for the Sea" initiative to pick up 3 pieces of rubbish and put them in the bin, to ensure we keep our coastline clean.

Ireland is not void of animals during Winter we have good amount of birds coming over from mainland Europe, Canada and Iceland. If you go as far as Tralee Bay you will actually see loads of these birds as Ireland does not freeze during Winter. The birds we get are Whooper Swans, Canadian Brent Geese, Oyster Catchers, Lapwing and Curlew. At the Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park you can see the Curlew flying over in the morning time. To attract birds to your home or garden, the best way is by planting trees and bushes like Holly. Holly has tradition in Ireland, it is one of the noble trees of the Wood. A quick way to get birds into your home or garden, is by bird feeders filled with a mixture of nuts and seeds to attract different variety of species.

We hope that you enjoy this very interesting Podcast and the other Nature Podcasts we released throughout the year with Alan, Education and Wildlife Officer here at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park.

We would like to send you all the best wishes and happiness for 2021. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit. We would like to sincerely wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too from management, the Team at Tralee Bay Wetlands and the Lakeside Café! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and business during 2020.

We are looking forward to welcoming you once again to the Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park in 2021!

Spooky greetings from all the Team at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park this Halloween, with our Sixth Nature Podcast. Tonight, at all your homes the Pumpkins are glowing bright like the Moon above. Since Halloween is upon us, we decided to do a Podcast on Bats. Bats are the only Mammal in the World to achieve flight. In Ireland we have 9 Species of Bats. Bats generally live in a range of habitats from Caves, Hallows and Trees. 

We hope that you enjoy this very interesting Podcast with Alan Balfe, Education and Wildlife Officer here at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park. Learn all about the Bats in their habitats and what they feed on. Even learn about how Bats got associated with Halloween. We would like to take this opportunity so say that we are delighted to see so many people enjoying the Parkland all week enjoying this wonderful space. Happy Halloween to all our families and Friends of the Wetlands and remember to stay safe during your individual Halloween celebrations.

Welcome to our fifth podcast at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park. This podcast talks about the butterflies that inhabit our Wetlands Nature Reserve. Ireland has 35 Species of Butterflies, some migratory and some stay in the area for the year. 11 of these species are threatened with an extension due to pesticides and the loss of our wildflower habitats.

Welcome to our Fourth Podcast at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park. We sincerely hope all of you are doing well and most importantly that you and your families are all healthy. Our fourth podcast talks about how we can help our pollinators survive and they are a few different problems that affect them. To tackle these problems Alan talks about various quick solutions that everyone can do to help, like letting your garden grow which are beneficial to our pollinators, getting rid of invasive species and the use of organic pesticides like garlic spray.

Welcome to our Third Podcast with Alan Balfe, Wildlife and Education Officer at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park. We sincerely hope all of you are doing well and most importantly that you and your families are all healthy. Our third podcast talks about Dragonflies and Damselflies. Dragonflies and Damselflies are found throughout Ireland around most of our healthy ponds. There are 13 species of Dragonflies and 11 species of Damselflies in Ireland. They are very colourful if you had the chance to see them, they are fast and tend to hover as well. They have a secret life beneath the water of their ponds. Dragonflies and Damselflies can spend up to 6 years living underneath the water surfaces as nymphs.

Welcome to our Second Podcast with Alan Balfe, Wildlife and Education Officer at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park. We sincerely hope all of you are doing well and most importantly that you and your families are all healthy and staying safe during this unprecedented times. Our Second Podcast talks about the amphibians that inhabit our ponds. Ponds are mainly the habitats where you would find amphibians and they are a type of wetlands. Ponds are important for our wide range of wildlife. In Ireland, we have 3 types of Amphibians, the Frog, Newts and and the Natterjack Toads. Amphibians are vertebrates that require water such as a pond when they are born.

Welcome to our very First Nature Podcast with Alan Balfe, Wildlife and Education Officer at Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park. We sincerely hope all of you are doing well and most importantly that you and your families are all healthy. Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park remains closed for tours and activities at present as we continue to work together as a nation to control the impact of the virus COVID19.

Our first podcast talks about our wonderful Wetlands as they are highly important for wildlife and they come in a variety of different types from ponds, lakes, bog and rivers. A healthy Wetlands ecosystem can be home to a multitude of both rare and common birds, insects and fish. At Tralee Bay you will be able to see Pale-Bellied Brent Geese from Canada, Whopper Swans from Iceland and our endangered Curlew from Scotland. Tralee Bay  gets extraordinary number of 20,000 visitors every winter, we deeply encourage you all to walk along the canal at low tide.  You should come along to the Wetlands Park one early winter morning as you may catch some Oyster Catchers and Curlew flying over.  We are heartened to see that our beautiful lake walk remains open to the public, so you can enjoy your walk in the fresh air and stunning surrounds. 

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