Helping Nature Locally 2022

To celebrate its return after two years absence due to the pandemic, the Clonmany Show is hosting a series of talks from expert speakers under the heading of;

Helping Nature Locally

An exciting programme to help raise awareness on environmental, sustainability and health issues.

There will be four sessions during the course of the day covering specific issues, chaired by well-known Donegal ecologist, Aengus Kennedy, who heads up Nature North West.

Each session will last about an hour including Q & A. The topics include promoting biodiversity, nutrition, soil health, locally grown food, water quality, saving the corncrake, protecting the Irish honey bee and gardening advice to help our threatened pollinators.

The speakers are highly qualified in their own area of expertise and are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and experiences of best practice from across Donegal and further afield.




11.00am – Session 1 – Promoting Biodiversity


Aengus Kennedy – State of biodiversity at national level (Nature North West)

Victoria McArthur – Introduction to results based agri-environmental schemes

linking habitat quality to payments

(Wild Atlantic Nature LIFE IP)

Boyd Bryce – On-farm initiatives (Farming for Nature)


12.30pm – Session 2 – Health and Food


Katherine Kelly – Eating for a healthy planet (Renua Nutrition)

Joanne Butler – Soil health and food (OURganic Gardens)

Patsy Toland – The importance of locally grown food


2.30pm – Session 3 – Water Quality and Climate


Trish Murphy – The benefits of nature-based solutions for water, biodiversity

and climate (Inishowen Rivers Trust)

Patrick Rafferty – Water quality in Donegal (Local Authority Waters


4.00pm – Session 4 – Helping Nature


John Carey – Working with farmers and landowners to save the corncrake

(Corncrake/Traoanch LIFE Project)

Mick Verspiaj – Conservation of the honey bee in Ireland (Boomtree Bees)

Paul McLaughlin – Pollinator plants and gardening queries (Mountaintop