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Wildacres is an award-winning Nature Reserve and Biodiversity Education Centre set on 17.5 acres, bordered by the beautiful Redcross river, close to Brittas Bay in Southeast Wicklow and just one hour south of Dublin City Centre.

We are an Environmental Social Enterprise dedicated to biodiversity restoration, protection, monitoring, and education. Our mission is to inspire and help others to make a positive difference for the environment and their well-being.

We host a range of engaging and entertaining nature-based tours and interactive workshops for individuals, community groups & clubs, and corporates.

Gilly and Brian at Wildacres with awards

Our Story – Gilly Taylor and Brian O’Toole

Brian grew up in South County Dublin with access to a beautiful native woodland and meandering stream. It is there that he spent much of his spare time as a youth, forming a deep connection to, and knowledge of, the natural world, which ignited a lifelong passion for nature conservation.

Gilly also grew up in South Dublin and has always been drawn to the great outdoors, from the mountains to the sea, both in Ireland and abroad. In later life she has developed a deep interest in our native biodiversity and actions to restore and protect it.

While working in the corporate space for many decades, we became increasingly aware of the global biodiversity emergency and began discussing what we could do to make a positive difference.

In Autumn 2017, we bought 17.5 acres of undulating agricultural land in Southeast Wicklow, on the beautiful Redcross river, with a plan to transform it into a Nature Reserve and Biodiversity Education Centre.

Gifting the land back to nature, restoring its natural habitats, and establishing Wildacres as an accessible, sustainable, and unique wildlife sanctuary, education centres and visitor experience, has been the focus of our attention since then.

Acres of restored wildlife habitat

Native trees planted

Wildlife Ponds Created

Acre wildflower meadow regenerated

Wildacres is now enriched with acres of native woodland, multi species hedgerow; wildlife ponds, wildflower meadow; semi-natural grassland and traditional orchard; restored riverbanks plus many other features.

Biodiversity is returning to this beautiful place and visitors are leaving with knowledge, hope, and inspiration for what they can do to help biodiversity recover in their outdoor space, and community.

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Corporate Experiences

We offer Entertaining and Informative Team Events at Wildacres, hosted only by us – Gilly and Brian.

All events include:

    • Guided Tour of Wildacres with informative explanations of the habitats that have been restored/created and the flora and fauna that is attracted, which includes fascinating stories about our wonderful wildlife.
    • An engaging audio-visual presentation in the Big Green Barn showcasing the wonderful wildlife in beautiful photos and videos.
    • Tea/Coffee, fruit bowl/cookies served in our picnic area or in the Big Green Barn, depending on the weather.
    • Wellies and umbrellas provided if weather requires.
    • If weather is too ‘Irish’ we are happy to reschedule.
    • Maximum number of attendees is 16 to provide an engaging and intimate experience.
Optional activities for you to choose from, depending on your requirements and your team’s preference, hands on or hands off!
 

    • Enjoyable Team Brainstorming after our nature reserve tour/workshop: the group is divided into smaller groups to explore potential biodiversity restoration initiatives for the team/company to take. These ideas can be presented back to the larger group.
    • Gardening for Biodiversity Workshop – for the ‘green fingered’.
    • ‘What’s the Buzz about Biodiversity’ Workshop – understanding, restoring, and protecting.
    • ‘How to turn your corporate/community space into a Mini Nature Reserve’ Workshop.
    • ‘No Garden, No Worries!’ Workshop that presents a kaleidoscope of ideas on how to help biodiversity, without owning any land.
    • ‘What can you do for Biodiversity? Top 10 Practical Tips’ Workshop.
    • Sustainable Honey Tour: Introduction to the fascinating life of the Native Irish Honeybee and Wildacres Sustainable Raw Honey production.
    • ‘Wellness with Nature’ Workshop – connecting with the natural world for better well-being.
    • For full day events a Gourmet Picnic Lunch can be included with a selection of sandwiches, fruit, pastries, teas, coffees, juices. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own.
    • Volunteering opportunities: plenty of volunteer activities to choose from e.g. tree planting and maintenance, meadow management, seed saving and propagation, wildlife pond creation and much more. Activities depend on time of year.
    • Choice of Full Day (10.30am–3.30pm) / Half Day (10am–1pm), based on activities selected.
    • For teams that aren’t in a position to travel to Wildacres, we can provide Virtual Workshops over MS Teams, Zoom, Google Meet and other platforms. Alternatively, we can arrange onsite visits in certain circumstances.

Testimonials

‘What Gilly and Brian have achieved at Wildacres is simply incredible. It was inspirational. The whole experience was highly engaging and very interesting, and Gilly and Brian are fantastic hosts. The team really enjoyed the day, and everyone left feeling very energised and inspired’.

– Gita Shah, Chief Sustainability Officer, Alternus Energy

‘Your passion and knowledge have truly inspired and enlightened us. We are grateful for the effort you put into sharing your love for nature with us. Your work is invaluable and has made a positive impact on our understanding and appreciation of the world around us. Thank you for everything you do!’

– Irma Zilyte, EMEA Collections Manager Yahoo!

‘It was an enlightening, refreshing, and memorable experience that left a lasting impression on everyone in our group. I highly recommend to anyone seeking a unique and impactful journey into the wonders of nature.’

– Lisa Dooley, Creative Director, The FACTORY

‘Earth Day Lunch-and-Learn over Microsoft Teams to our hundreds of group-wide employees in multiple countries – The obvious passion and knowledge of the native species’ (both horticulturally and zoologically speaking) that Brian and Gilly brought to that presentation was infectious.’

– Stacey O’Sullivan, BIM Department Co-ordinator Murphy Geospatial

‘A wonderful blend of education and fun, with knowledgeable guides and captivating wildlife experiences – can’t wait to visit again!’

– Amanda O’Sullivan, Event Management and Operations, FTI Consulting

‘What Gilly and Brian have achieved at Wildacres is simply incredible. It was inspirational. The whole experience was highly engaging and very interesting, and Gilly and Brian are fantastic hosts. The team really enjoyed the day, and everyone left feeling very energised and inspired’.

– Gita Shah, Chief Sustainability Officer, Alternus Energy

‘Your passion and knowledge have truly inspired and enlightened us. We are grateful for the effort you put into sharing your love for nature with us. Your work is invaluable and has made a positive impact on our understanding and appreciation of the world around us. Thank you for everything you do!’

– Irma Zilyte, EMEA Collections Manager Yahoo!

‘It was an enlightening, refreshing, and memorable experience that left a lasting impression on everyone in our group. I highly recommend to anyone seeking a unique and impactful journey into the wonders of nature.’

– Lisa Dooley, Creative Director, The FACTORY

‘Earth Day Lunch-and-Learn over Microsoft Teams to our hundreds of group-wide employees in multiple countries – The obvious passion and knowledge of the native species’ (both horticulturally and zoologically speaking) that Brian and Gilly brought to that presentation was infectious.’

– Stacey O’Sullivan, BIM Department Co-ordinator Murphy Geospatial

‘A wonderful blend of education and fun, with knowledgeable guides and captivating wildlife experiences – can’t wait to visit again!’

– Amanda O’Sullivan, Event Management and Operations, FTI Consulting

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Wildacres is a Not-for-Profit Environmental Social Enterprise.

All proceeds from Wildacres tours, workshops, events, gifts, and hive produce go towards biodiversity restoration, protection, monitoring, and education.

Biodiversity is returning to this beautiful place and visitors are leaving with knowledge, hope, and inspiration for what they can do for biodiversity in their own outdoor space, and in their community.

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to Wildacres and sharing this special place with you.

Contact us for any questions, to discuss further and to tailor a package to your needs.