Biodiversity Enhancement Plan Training for Clare Communities

Biodiversity Enhancement Plan Training for Clare Communities

CLDC announces biodiversity enhancement plan training for Clare communities

Clare Local Development Company (CLDC) is now taking applications for a LEADER funded online and field-based training programme to help participants prepare a biodiversity enhancement plan for an outdoor recreational space in their community. It can be any site which has public access which people use for recreation, a park, perimeter of a sports or playground, the grounds of a community building (church, community centre) or other green space.

The training which is free of charge and which will run for a total of 6 months is open to all community groups in County Clare.

It will be held as a series of 12 webinars taking place on Wednesday evenings from 12th May to 28th July, 2021 combined with on-site training, and a final series of 4 online workshops in September to complete the plans.

The programme will be led by Dr Fran Giaquinto who will explain the fundamentals of biodiversity and habitat protection, and show participants how to recognise the potential for increasing biodiversity in their selected area.

“By increasing biodiversity, we increase the amount of carbon that is stored”, said Dr. Giaquinto who will also show participating groups how this can be measured and introduced into their plan to help protect from climate change.

Organic gardener, Linda Gilsenan will show participants how to bring native trees and pollinator-friendly plants into their community whilst Phoebe O’Brien, a well-known local botanist will demonstrate how to conduct surveys and identify the biodiversity that exists in the area.

“We want this training programme to succeed at a very high level and provide a blueprint for community-led habitat protection into the future. Our vision is to equip all participants with the confidence, knowledge and tools to design and implement their plans, and become proud of their endeavours” said Dr Giaquinto.

“As part of this training we will help you design a biodiversity plan and direct you to the resources to implement it. Also, this is an opportunity for communities in County Clare to become the first in the country to collectively measure their carbon storage as a result of biodiversity actions,” she added.

CLDC LEADER projects Co-ordinator, Ms. Gloria Callinan has urged groups with an interest in enhancing the biodiversity of their local outdoor recreational spaces to apply for a place on the course. “The programme will also deliver on the biodiversity objective of our Local Development Strategy to deliver training for community groups that stimulates actions to protect and enhance vulnerable species and habitats”, said Ms. Callinan.

Places are limited to 25 groups and participants will need access to internet and a smart phone or laptop. The trainers will assist with set up and use of the online Zoom software.

Further information can be obtained by emailing

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 30th April, 2021

Download further information on the webinar series and course schedule here

Download a copy of the application form here 



CLDC seeks Rural Development Officer

CLDC seeks Rural Development Officer

Clare Local Development Company wishes to recruit a Rural Development Officer (18 month contract 21-28 (TBC) hours per week)

The Rural Development Officer will support the implementation of specific rural development actions under various programmes delivered by CLDC.

For full job description and person specification, please email

Completed applications to include CV and cover letter to be forwarded to Iyabo Matthew, HR Dept., CLDC, Unit 1 Westgate Business Park, Kilrush Rd, Ennis, Co. Clare or

A panel may be formed from which future temporary or permanent appointments may be made if required.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 29th April 2021

Clare Local Development Company is an equal opportunities employer.


Survey Results Are In

Survey Results Are In

Survey shows urgent need for supports for Clare’s LGBTQ+ community 

80% of respondents to an online survey aimed at members of the LGBTQ+ community in Clare said they would like to have more connection with other LGBTQ+ people. Over half of all respondents did not feel sufficiently connected and supported in their community. 

The survey, which was conducted during March as part of a short-term project called LGBTQ+ Clare, highlights an urgent need for supports and services for the LGBTQ+ community in the county. 

More than 70% of respondents had faced discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. Many respondents felt there was a lack of LGBTQ+ focused mental health supports in the county and that they would benefit from improved mental health services. More than 30% of respondents did not feel their sexual orientation and/or gender identity are understood when they engage with services in Clare. 

Some also called for community specific sexual health clinics and better access to gender-affirming hormones. 

Many respondents said they would benefit from an LGBTQ+ cafe, pub or community space in order to meet others who identify in a similar way. Others felt that businesses in Clare could openly show their support for the community by placing flags, stickers, etc. on their premises. 

The survey results point to several key issues that need to be addressed:
• Education concerning sexual orientation and gender identity in schools and other spaces.
• Improved visibility and support from the wider community.
• Access to healthcare, particularly sexual orientation and gender identity focused mental health supports.
• The formation of an LGBTQ+ social/peer group in Clare.
• The creation of a confidential helpline that those struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity can reach out to. 

Overall, there is evidently a strong desire to form a social group, preferably a meet-and-greet to improve inclusivity and visibility in the Clare area. There is a lack of gender-neutral spaces for trans and non-binary individuals such as locker rooms and bathrooms. 

The survey results point to a lack of education both in schools and other spaces on issues pertaining both to sexual orientation and gender identity. 

To conclude, the LGBTQ+ community in Clare would greatly benefit from better access to healthcare and mental health supports. Many members of this community report a lack of connection within their community and many are still facing some form of discrimination here in Clare. There are steps which can be taken in order to improve the experience of this community, as outlined above. 

More than 50 people from across Clare took part in the survey. 

LGBTQ+ Clare is a short-term project run jointly by Clare PPN, Clare Women’s Network, Clare Local Development Company and Rape Crisis Midwest, and supported by The Department of Rural and Community Development and Clare County Council. 

LGBTQ+ Clare is currently planning its next steps. If you would like to be part of the organising group or you would like some more information, please get in touch by emailing: 



CLDC seeks Rural Development Officer

Seeking Early Years Practitioners

CLDC is recruiting Early Years Practitioners to join our team of dedicated childcare professionals in our childcare facility in Kilrush. CLDC is a not for profit charitable organisation offering affordable childcare to families in West Clare  

Candidates must hold a minimum of Fetac level 5 (or recognised equivalent) in a childcare qualification and have some experience in a childcare setting. This is a part-time, flexi hour position which could range between the hours of 9am – 2pm or 9am – 5pm depending on the hours available on a week to week basis. For a full job description and further enquiries, please email 

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 23rd April, 2021.  

Completed applications to include CV and cover letter to be forwarded to Iyabo Matthew, HR Dept., CLDC, Unit 1 Westgate Business Park, Kilrush Rd, Ennis, Co. Clare or  Clare Local Development Company is an equal opportunities employer. Garda Vetting will apply.