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!

New! Ukrainian language Scavenger Hunts now available! Полювання на сміття

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.

Butterfly Scavenger Hunt

With butterflies enjoying habitats from dunes to woodlands to suburban gardens this Summer scavenger hunt can accompany you on all your summer adventures.

Seaweed Scavenger Hunt

From Bladder Wrack to Sea Lettuce, marine macroalgae, or seaweeds, are found all around the coast of Ireland. With over 600 different types of seaweed along our coastline, see if you can spot these 12!

Wicklow Uplands Scavenger Hunt

Explore the rolling hills of Wicklow and keep an eye out for some of our frequently found trees and wildlife.

What else can you do???

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

Greystones Tidy Towns and Junior Tidy Towns are delighted to be able to provide a number of our Scavenger Hunts with a Ukrainian language option. Many thanks to Inna, Инна Яцевич for the wonderful translation work and to Samantha Gammell-Houston for initiating and coordinating this project!

Полювання на сміття – Ukrainian Language Versions

Butterfly Scavenger Hunt – Ukrainian Language Version

Garden Birds Scavenger Hunt – Ukrainian Language

Wicklow Uplands Scavenger Hunt – Ukrainian Language Version

Native Trees Scavenger Hunt – Ukrainian Language Version

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