What do we do?

The Ecology Centre, in Letterfrack, is an exciting educational centre, that engages individuals, families, and students in fun, hands-on activities that teach appreciation of the landscape and cultivates respect and wonder for nature in Connemara.

Our mission statement is “To offer world-class training for professionals in ecology and to educate the wider public fostering respect and wonder for the natural environment”.

Location, Location, Location

The Ecology Centre is is located in Letterfrack Village on the N59 and 1hr 15minutes from Galway City (see map on Contact page) in the heart of Connemara on on  The Wild Atlantic Way. Connemara is a well known area of international importance ecologically famed for the Twelve Bens Mountain range and amazing ocean scenery.

The centre has two bases in Letterfrack; a hundred year old Irish stone cottage with a natural thatch roof. The cottage has been extended to the rear and also includes a commercial kitchen which our students use for any of the Cookery elements of the courses. We also have purpose-built classrooms at Heatherhill beside Heatherhill Farm Cottages and accommodation may be arranged as part of the course package.

The Ecology centre is based in Letterfrack village close to Connemara National Park. We also have 100ha of internationally important heath at Cregg and 50ha of blanket bog at Tooraskeeheen close to Letterfrack and Clifden respectively. These are used in part of our outdoor sessions.

Our facility welcomes individuals and groups for ecological tours, field trips and private events. No group is too small to be catered for. Attend a lecture or workshop to learn new skills or learn about and explore unique ecosystems in the connemrara wilderness. Let us design an ecological experience for you.

Who are we?



Marie Louise Heffernan – Director of The Ecology Centre.
Marie Louise is a chartered environmentalist with the Society of the Environment UK and a training provider for, and full member of, the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM).

She has worked as an environmental consultant ecologist since 1997. She has a particular interest in bird ecology and has surveyed birds and written conservation plans for birds of international conservation importance through Ireland. With her husband Peter Walsh they own  a 100ha sheep farm which is managed for grouse conservation. She was formerly a farm planner and has an interest in farming, wild food foraging and in sustainable food systems.

The ecology centre has a panel of experts to give courses these include to date: entomologists, ornithologists and horticulturists. If you have something unique to offer…contact us.