About National Biodiversity Week

National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature. It’s about communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating people to play their part in protecting it. It’s also about entertaining them; showing the fun and wonder that can be found in nature; and inspiring people to learn more, see more, do more.

Over the course of nine days, from 19th – 28th May 2017, up to 50 FREE, family friendly events will be taking place all over Ireland celebrating our diverse species and habitats. Check out our Events section to see what’s taking place near you!

What’s On?

Photo: Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

Photo: Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

From bat walks to urban bee-keeping, whale watching to fossil hunts, there is bound to be something for you during Biodiversity Week 2017. Click on the Events tab above to find an interactive map with details of up to 50 free events taking place right across Ireland!

Competition: Win a moonlight kayak on Lough Hyne!

sunset kayak

Photo: Jim Kennedy, Atlantic Sea Kayaking

To celebrate the launch of National Biodiversity Week 2017, we are offering people the chance to win two tickets to our spectacular Flagship Event: a moonlight kayak to witness the astonishing bioluminescence on Lough Hyne in West Cork, Europe’s first ever marine nature reserve.

This event will take place on Wednesday 17th May at 9pm. To be in with a chance of winning, simply like and share our Facebook page and send an email with your name and address to office@ien.ie.

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Biodiversity Photographer of the Year Competitions

I Think There Is Some In Here-Billy Horan

‘I Think There Is Some In Here’ by Billy Horan (2016 finalist)

Are you an amateur photographer? Would you like to be in with a chance to win up to €500 in cash prizes? Then enter one of our Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competitions!

We have two photography competitions underway. Our ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to the general public and our ‘Young Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to secondary school students.

All entries must be taken in the month of May 2017 and emailed to competition@ien.ie. Deadline: 31st May. For more information visit our Photo Competitions section and be sure to check out the terms and conditions.

International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

The theme for International Day for Biological Diversity 2017 is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.

Biodiversity, at the level of species and ecosystems, provides an important foundation for many aspects of tourism. Recognition of the great importance to tourism economies of attractive landscapes and a rich biodiversity underpins the political and economic case for biodiversity conservation. Many issues addressed under the Convention on Biological Diversity directly affect the tourism sector. A well-managed tourist sector can contribute significantly to reducing threats to, and maintain or increase, key wildlife populations and biodiversity values through tourism revenue.