Heritage Council tutorials for primary school children

Heritage Council tutorials for primary school children

Raptor workbooks 

Clare County Council, in collaboration with BirdWatch Ireland and the Heritage Council have education workbooks on Clare’s raptor populations.

The workbooks focus on Clare’s many different species of birds of prey from the smallest, which is a falcon called the Merlin, to the largest, which is the enormous White-tailed Eagle, and the endangered Hen Harrier also known as ‘the skydancer’ for which Clare is one of the most important counties.

As top predators, raptors have long been recognised as important biological indicators of healthy ecosystems. Their position at the top of the food chain means that raptors can be used to demonstrate a diverse range of environmental issues which affect our countryside. However, more importantly these top predators command a special interest and respect, particularly with younger audiences and therefore are a perfect conduit through which to learn about biodiversity in a fun and informative way.

The workbooks contain information on local raptor populations within the county and use the different raptor species to introduce topics through images, graphics and animations, basic ecological information, fun facts and games. Pupils will explore aspects like adaptations in the natural world by learning about the silent flight and amazing hearing of the Barn Owl, discover the importance of healthy ecosystems by learning about extinctions and declines in top predators, as well as loads of positive stories like the return of birds previously extinct in Ireland.


The ESCI (Education Support Centres Ireland) website pulls in courses from Education Centres all over the country allowing you view all courses taking place nationwide.

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Govermment Buildings,
Kilrush Road,
Co. Clare