Wicklow is often referred to as The Garden of Ireland
and gardens are where children usually encounter the natural world for the first time. As a trained horticulturist, Declan is actively involved in gardens on a daily basis and much of his daily birdwatching takes place in his own garden or those of others. In his opinion gardens are often undervalued as a natural habitat... "Gardens are where we encounter nature up close and personal and on a level we cannot achieve elsewhere. Here, we can be lost in admiration at the vibrant iridescence of a Magpie's wing, the cheekiness of our resident Robin and the antics of the Blue Tits on the Peanut feeder. We can touch, we can feel, we can smell and we can see - we always could...but many of us have forgotten how. We need to see the wonder of the world around us with the freshness of a child's curiosity."
Declan's Gardening for Birds
presentation is one of his most popular and always well received. An interview with David Metcalf
in June 2018 shows just how popular this talk is.
If you would like further information on this talk please contact Declan.