Cumann na Daoine

A community based organisation in Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Wild Work Biodiversity Training in South & West Cork

Information regarding the exciting new Wild Work (LEADER Co-operation) project!

The Wild Work project is about to be rolled out across South Cork, West Cork, West Limerick & Cavan. Registration is currently open for individuals to sign up for free Biodiversity training in South and West Cork.

WILD WORK Biodiversity Training in South & West Cork


Innovative training programme to combine outdoor classrooms, online learning and virtual reality experiences to help people, help nature, help people. 

People living in South and West Cork are being encouraged to sign up to take part in a new free 12-week biodiversity Wild Work training programme that will be rolled out across 10 locations in the region as part of a pilot project which also includes 10 other locations in West Limerick and Cavan.   The training will target community and voluntary organisations, individuals, farmers, teachers, the business community and others with an interest in the environment, as well as managers of public amenities / owners of public land.

The aim of the Wild Work project is to help people, help nature, help people.  Designed by expert ecologists, the training programme integrates the use of innovative virtual and augmented technologies with practical outdoor classroom and on-line learning modules to help trainees to focus on how best to support local biodiversity and experience mental and physical health benefits as a result of taking part in positive environmental actions.

The Wild Work training programme will begin in May 2022 and will be delivered in;

Killeagh, Douglas, Midleton, Fota and Ballincollig in South Cork AND 

Tracton, Castlefreke, Leap, Baltimore and Kilbrittan in West Cork

Training will comprise of six core biodiversity training modules that will explore the Irish landscape and its natural networks, along with Wild Work in Action training focusing on wellness and biodiversity management of public lands, all of which will be delivered by biodiversity experts.  The training will be enhanced by the development of an online Wild Work Toolkit containing an exciting range of e-learning activities to support the learning, added to by the participants themselves as they experience the training in their own place.

The Wild Work programme is being coordinated by three Local Development Companies – SECAD Partnership in Cork who first designed and piloted Wild Work in 2017, West Limerick Resources and Cavan County Local Development as part of a LEADER funded Inter-territorial Co-operation project.

It is hoped that, over time, the training programme will be rolled out nationwide and will inspire other countries to create similar programmes for the benefit of both people and place.

To sign up for Killeagh, Douglas, Midleton, Fota or Ballincollig, please do so through the following link:

To sign up for Tracton, Castlefreke, Leap, Baltimore or Kilbrittan  please do so through the following link:

No previous experience or qualifications are required to take part. Basic IT skills are required.

Further Information 

Wild Work Biodiversity training will include six really interesting and interactive modules, linked to the landscape and biodiversity features. These include:
  • The history of biodiversity in the Irish landscape
  • The Wild Work philosophy and ethos.
  • The importance of biodiversity for well-being.
  • Biodiversity-friendly habitat management practices for meadows, woodlands and streams.
  • The role of citizen science monitoring.
  • How the Wild Work Framework will function to support biodiversity action into the future.


  • The Wild Work in Action training in South and West Cork will comprise training in
    Wellbeing in the workplace, Citizen Science and Biodiversity Management of Public Lands.
  • A Junior Wild Workers online training programme for schools and youth groups will also be developed.
  • A Wild Work Toolkit will be developed containing an exciting range of e-learning activities to support the learning, added to by the participants themselves as they experience the training in their own place. 
  • The Wild Work Training Programme will be delivered in outdoor classrooms, online and using specially created virtual reality experiences.   
  • Training will begin in May 2022 in South and West Cork as well as in 10 other locations in West Limerick and Cavan. 
  • The team commissioned by Wild Work to deliver the training is an innovative Irish female led high potential start up
  • Emagine have been commissioned to produce two spectacular meadow and woodland virtual reality experiences each containing a number of different locations depicted in a 360-degree fully 3D view.  The viewer will be able to access a series of hotspots containing information relating to the Wild Work training programme in the form of images, video and audio content, delivering an innovative and immersive experience.
  • The Wild Work Co-operation Project is supported through the LEADER Co-operation budget as a LEADER Inter-territorial project.   
  • The three Local Development Companies deliver LEADER as Implementing Partners for the Local Action Groups in South and West Cork, Limerick and Cavan in conjunction with the Local Community Development Committees and Cork County Council, Limerick City and County Council and Cavan County Council.
  • LEADER 2014-2020 is funded through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development-Europe Investing in Rural Area.



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