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.

Due to COVID19, Biodiversity Week 2021 will be a virtual event. We will publish details of online events to celebrate our Nature and Biodiversity and we will have a range of materials to support family-friendly activities. Our 9th annual Biodiversity Photographer of the Year runs throughout May and the centrepiece of Biodiversity week will be our Backyard Bioblitz.

There’s lots to see and lots to learn, so dive in to some of our events and see what interests you.

Get your camera ready for our 9th annual Biodiversity Photographer of the Year awards, which runs throughout the month of May.

During Biodiversity Week itself there is a huge array of online events taking place, hosted by NGOs and other groups across the country, such as Irish Wildlife Trust, Coastwatch, Bat Conservation Ireland and more. Check out our calendar of events to explore what’s on where.

The final weekend of Biodiversity Week is one for the whole family. Join in our Backyard Bioblitz, and get the kids involved with our Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt.

During the Bioblitz we will have ecologists and wildlife experts on hand to identify what you can find in your local area. Simply take a photo and tag us on Twitter or Instagram to find out what that creature is, and to be in with the chance to win a prize from the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

Take the whole family out on a biodiversity walk with our Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt for kids. Print the activity sheet at home, or request one posted to you. Share with us online to receive a certificate of completion and to be in with the chance to win a prize.

With thanks to our funders, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, we are looking forward to these family and social distancing friendly events for this years National Biodiversity Week.