Biodiversity Scavenger Hunts!

Greystones Tidy Towns and Junior Tidy Towns invite you to enjoy a Scavenger Hunt exploring your local area. Build your observation skills and enjoy discovering the heritage and biodiversity on your doorstep, see what you can find!

To use our Scavenger Hunts click on the links below. You can download the PDF for printing or simply save them onto your phone and use your standard Photo app to tick off any items you find while you explore.

Scavenger Hunts:

Bray Head Loop Scavenger Hunt

Explore Bray Head from the top with the full loop taking about 1 hour 30 minutes or simply walk to the peak and back within the hour.

Downshill Walk Scavenger Hunt

A woodland walk with a mix of native trees and trees used for timber.

Glen of the Downs Scavenger Hunt

Glen of the Downs nature reserve is a haven for native species with a steep walk taking approximately an hour.

Garden Birds Scavenger Hunt

Spot which of our common garden birds are visiting your bird table!

Greystones Coast Walk Scavenger Hunt

Plenty to see without even leaving the path.

Greystones Town Scavenger Hunt

Explore your town and see what you can find!

Harbour to St Crispin Scavenger Hunt

Starting out from the harbour, there’s plenty to see on the way to St Crispin’s 16th-century church.

Invasive Species Detective Scavenger Hunt

Invasive non-native plant and animal species are the second greatest threat to biodiversity worldwide after habitat destruction. Help us fight invasive species in wild areas as an Invasive Species Detective and report the scene of the crime to the National Biodiversity Data Centre!

Little Sugarloaf Scavenger Hunt

There’s more to see than the amazing view on this approximately one hour walk.

Kindlestown Woods Scavenger Hunt

Named after Albert de Kinley, who was a sheriff in the area in 1301, there is plenty to find in Kindlestown Woods.

Native Trees Scavenger Hunt

Whether you are exploring locally or further afield keep an eye out for our important native trees!

Shoreline Scavenger Hunt

You might like walking beside or swimming in the sea but don’t forget to look around and see there’s a lot going on along our shorelines.

If you want to take the next step and become a Citizen Scientist!, you can record your observations and support the National Biodiversity Data Centre here.

Don’t forget to enjoy the natural world responsibly and follow the 7 principles of Leave No Trace

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Be Considerate of Others
  3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
  4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
  5. Leave What You Find
  6. Dispose of Waste Properly
  7. Minimise the Effects of Fire

Practising a Leave No trace ethic is very simple: Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit.

Further Resources to Support Biodiversity Identification:

Bird Watch Ireland

Irish Wildlife Trust

Wildflowers of Ireland

Tree Council of Ireland

Biodiversity Ireland

Invasives.ie

Seek by iNaturalist Identification App

Ireland’s Seashore by Lucy Taylor and Emma Nickelson

The Birds of Ireland A Field Guide by Jim Wilson and Mark Carmody

The Wildflowers of Ireland A Field Guide by Zoe Devlin

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