In Autumn 2017 Brian and Gilly purchased 17.5 acres of undulating agricultural land in Co Wicklow, on the beautiful Redcross river, with the vision of transforming it into a nature reserve, education centre and visitor experience.
Gifting the land back to nature, enriching its natural habitats, encouraging biodiversity and transforming it into an accessible and sustainable wildlife sanctuary and visitor environment, is the focus of the Wildacres Nature Reserve Project.
Our goal is to recreate the conditions that will attract an abundance of native Irish flora and fauna, to create an enjoyable learning environment for all who visit and to share this project with other counties throughout Ireland that wish to replicate it.
We are establishing Wildacres as a Social Enterprise and all profits will be invested
back into the project. We were delighted to have accepted on and graduated from
the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland .Ideas Academy 2020.
Wildacres will be open for school tours, community groups and corporate team building by spring 2024.
Visitors will be able to choose from, and enjoy a wide range of workshops, courses, study groups, talks and guided tours. Covering a wide variety of topics, including biodiversity preservation, nature walks, beekeeping, food foraging, native woodland appreciation, river exploration, botanical art, nature appreciation, conservation, gardening for nature, pollinator protection, wildflower meadows, growing your own food, food provenance, nutrition and health, , specific native wildlife species e.g. Red Kite and much more.
About Brian O’Toole and Gilly Taylor.
Brian O’Toole’s love and appreciation of nature developed from an early age having spent most of his youth exploring the wonderful forest and river and fields at the back of his home in Co Dublin. Brian has always had a passion for constantly learning about and the protection of Native Irish Wildlife, and in sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
After 30 years working in sales and management in the construction industry, in 2016 Brian turned his hobby as a beekeeper into a business producing and selling delicious pure raw Irish honey and delivering talks and workshops on beekeeping with a native wildlife focus. He then started on a mission to find land in Co Wicklow which would become a sanctuary for our native wildlife.
Gilly Taylor’s love of the great outdoors developed from a young age when she was introduced to the excitement of skiing at the Ski Club of Ireland in Kilternan Co. Dublin. For the past two decades she has enjoyed teaching skiing there on a voluntary basis.
After 20 years working in Sales, Marketing and Management in the Media Services Sector, Gilly retrained as a Nutrition & Fitness Coach and Pilates Instructor. She works with groups and individuals, empowering them to maximize their health and well-being and to understand the connection between nature/our environment and our physical/mental health.
In Autumn 2017 Brian and Gilly’s dream of establishing Wildacres Nature Reserve in Co Wicklow became a reality when they purchased 17.5 acres of agricultural land in Scratenagh Co Wicklow. They have been working together on the project ever since to transform it into a optimal habitat for all our native wildlife.