Thomas Canavan - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Thomas Canavan

Tom Canavan
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Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
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Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Thomas’ interests are landscape ecology, climate and how people relate to landscape. He has worked with Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park delivering a variety of courses based around ecology, biodiversity planning, climate, and sustainable food production. These were incorporated into the management of the parkland for biodiversity and as a community resource.

The discussion elements of the course will aim to address the following topics: 

  • How our landscape has changed; what biodiversity is and why it is important; what the challenges are effecting it and how we can we help
  • What is climate and is it different to weather and how does climate change differ to climate breakdown?
  • Is our food different from biodiversity? How do these dual crises effect our ability to access food? 

We would then move on to identifying biodiversity in the school engaging all the students’ senses to explore it. This will give students a chance to learn the names of common species they would regularly encounter throughout the year particularly using the association of one major sense to recognize it i.e. rough leaf, sweet smell, purple stripes etc.

Species ID –

• Plants
• Invertebrates
• Vertebrates: Birds and mammals
• Bryophytes & lichen

With the students we will discuss ways of adding and building on the habitats that are there and discuss ways the school could create more i.e., small woodlands, ponds, meadows, orchards, school gardens/food forests etc.

Follow on visits would engage children in actualizing these ideas and could include practical activities like planting, building, seed saving, plant propagation living willow work.

If there are habitats, local or distant, you would like to explore with your class these can facilitated when seasonally appropriate.

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

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