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.

We are delighted that this year we can return to hosting in person activities as well as continuing online events. We will publish details of all events on our calendar and social media. There are events covering all interests, from the ocean to the mountain tops. Join in to celebrate our Nature and Biodiversity with a range of family-friendly activities. Our 10th 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 the events and see what interests you.

Get your camera ready for our 10th 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 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 enjoying this huge range of in-person and online events for this years National Biodiversity Week.

Featured image credit: Badger sow and cubs – by Pat Wyse