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Biodiversity Photographer of the Year – photo competition
May 1 – May 31 all-day
Biodiversity Photographer of the Year - photo competition

Our ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to all amateur photographers, whether you take photos as a hobby or it’s your first time out with a camera, all are welcome to enter.

This year we are looking for photographs that celebrate Ireland’s rich web of life. The challenge is to capture an image of some of the biodiversity in your area. Whether you live in the heart of the countryside or the centre of a city, there is wildlife to be found.

Biodiversity doesn’t stop at the shore. Ireland’s marine territory is 10 times larger than the island itself! To celebrate life in our ocean we are delighted to announce an additional prize in this years Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competition! The Ocean Photography category has been kindly sponsored by the Fair Seas Campaign, with a prize of €250 up for grabs!

Do you love exploring our oceans? Whether by boat, on shore or underwater, we welcome photos of all ocean life for this category!


All photos must be taken in May 2022, and submitted by midnight of May 31st.

For full T&Cs and to submit your photo visit:

Explore your local waterway during Biodiversity Week 2022! @ online
May 13 – May 22 all-day
Explore your local waterway during Biodiversity Week 2022! @ online

Do you have what it takes to be a Waterway Hero? May is a lovely time of year to get outdoors and explore the waterways.

Check out our free online workshop ‘Be a Waterway Hero’ as part of Biodiversity Week. The workshop features a virtual visit to the waterways highlighting the importance of being a responsible waterway user and respecting the environment when visiting your local canal, river or lake. There are lots of fun and interesting activities included like our Waterway Eco Wheel or Biodiversity Inspection which can be downloaded to bring along when you visit to your local waterway. There is also a ‘Waterway Hero’ certificate for all who take part!

Be sure to visit our Learning Zone website where the workshop is available until 22nd May:  Waterways Ireland | Learning Zone | School Programmes

Pollinator talk (available anytime) @ online
May 13 – May 22 all-day


An online talk on the benefits of positive pollinator actions for biodiversity is available to view at the following link: The talk is presented by Kate Chandler, Communities and Engagement Project Officer with the National Biodiveristy Data Centre. This talk will give you the top 10 tips that Tidy Towns, communities and individuals can do to help pollinators.

May 13 – May 22 all-day

THE IMPORTANCE OF A COMMUNITY SEED BANK – Video talk by Kevin Dudley, edited by Eoin Campbell

Available to view on from Friday, 13th May

The act of saving and sharing seeds has a profound impact on biological diversity which is essential to the long-term vitality of all ecosystems. Keeping this genetic diversity alive helps ensure the resilience of both the wild and cultivated environments. A community seed bank ensures that as seeds are shared without restrictions they also remain in the public domain.

Family Biodiversity Treasure Hunt @ Glendalough
May 14 @ 10:00 am – May 22 @ 5:00 pm

Free and available from the National Park Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough (open 10am to 5.30pm).

Nature for Health Walk @ Merlin Woods Community Garden
May 20 @ 10:00 am
Nature for Health Walk @ Merlin Woods Community Garden

Step into the wild with Friends of Merlin Woods for Biodiversity week 14th-22nd May . We will be joined by a whole host of individuals and organisations to create a week of immersive and a nature awareness experience. Most of the events are open to general public, free and located or leave from Merlin Woods Community Garden unless otherwise stated .Please check out info below.

Nature for Health Walk. Bringing communities together to enjoy nature together.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the occassion . For more info
Ponds in Conservation @ Tralee Bay Wetlands
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

A fun and accessible introduction to pond habitats. Discovering what lives there and tips on how you can create them at home.

Free event but please register. More info:

Venue: Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park

Bumblebee Identification Walk @ Glendalough
May 20 @ 11:00 am

Find out more about these fascinating insects on World Bee Day in Glendalough. Free, but booking essential. To book, email

From Bridges to Ditches – The Mysterious Kilcoo River Walk @ Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre
May 20 @ 11:00 am
From Bridges to Ditches - The Mysterious Kilcoo River Walk @ Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre

Meeting at Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre

Please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing.

Tea, coffee and snacks provided after the walk at the Holiday Centre.

Walk is free but booking essential.

For more details ph 071 985 4865 or email


Irish Seed Savers tours @ Scarriff
May 20 @ 11:00 am

This year as part of #NationalBiodiversityWeek Irish Seed Savers will be hosting free biodiversity tours from Tours will focus on our organic seed gardens, heritage orchards and our living seed bank.

Location: Irish Seed Savers Association, Capparoe, Scarriff, County Clare, V94 V6W0

Backyard Bioblitz @ online
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – May 22 @ 7:00 pm
Backyard Bioblitz @ online

Wondering what that plant is? Who that insect is visiting your flowers? Maybe you’ve seen an unknown bird at your feeder, or strange creatures at your local waterway or park. Explore your local area to discover fabulous flora and fauna! Our ecologists and wildlife experts will identify it for you!

Ecologists and wildlife experts will be on hand to ID your finds.

Simply share your photo on Twitter or Instagram with #BackyardBioblitz, and tag us on Twitter @IrishEnvNet or Instagram @national.biodiversity.week

As a bonus to the weekend, we are giving away an identification swatch from the National Biodiversity Data Centre. All usernames who tag us over the weekend on Twitter or Instagram will be entered into a draw. Two winners will win a swatch of their choice!

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is the national centre for the collection, collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data on Ireland’s biological diversity. Your photos are important for the creation of a database of information which is freely available to better understand and protect Ireland’s biodiversity. Add your photos here:

For a how to video on adding photos to the database see here:

Trees and Woodlands on the Farm @ online
May 20 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for a Biodiversity Week with Dr. Rory Harrington.

Rory has an eminent history of scholarship in this area, with two forestry degrees and a PhD. He has attended the renowned Yale School of Forestry and has had a long and illustrious career in many aspects of tree growing including wetland management for which he and his award-winning firm scooped their newest award this month with Kerry group. Congra-TREE-lations Rory and team!

For details of the online link please email with BIODIVERSITY WEEK WEBINAR in the Subject line.

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Hazelwood Lunchtime Nature Walk and pop-up ‘BioHub’ @ Sligo
May 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Hazelwood Lunchtime Nature Walk and pop-up 'BioHub' @ Sligo
Learn about this unique woodland and the biodiversity restoration works taking place

12:45 – 2:15 Nature Walk (booking essential – places are limited)

12:30 – 2:30 Drop-in BioHub (no booking needed)

Meeting point: Hazelwood Carpark

Join Declan Little, Ecological Lead at Coillte Nature, on a guided walk around Hazelwood to learn about the ecology of this special woodland and the biodiversity restoration works taking place.

To celebrate Biodiversity Week, there will be a pop-up ‘BioHub’ at the Hazelwood carpark where you can drop by and chat about nature and the environment. Community Water Officer Karen Kennedy and Catchment Scientist Aisling Reilly will demonstrate water sampling and talk about biodiversity in and around Lough Gill, and what this can tell us about the health of the surrounding environment. Coillte Nature’s Outreach Manager Hedda Dick will be there to talk to you about the ongoing ‘Restoring Hazelwood’ biodiversity project.

There will be a nature scavenger hunt for big and little kids to see what you can notice about nature in Hazelwood.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and shoes for the nature walk.

More info and registration:

Derrynane Rockpool Explorer
May 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Outdoor workshop. Rock pool Explorer with Vincent Hyland of Wild Derrynane.

Discover the fascinating near inshore wildlife of Derrynane’s rock pools.

Free tour. No booking necessary. Meet at Derrynane House main car park.

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Woodland Walk at Raheens Wood @ Castlebar
May 20 @ 1:00 pm
Woodland Walk at Raheens Wood @ Castlebar

Join us for a lunchtime guided walk of Raheens Wood, Castlebar on Friday 20th May.

Come along and find out about the flora and fauna of the wood.

Meet at Raheens Wood Carpark, Newport Road, Castlebar at 1 pm.

A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! @ Wild Nephin National Park
May 20 @ 2:00 pm
A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! @ Wild Nephin National Park

On Friday May 20th at 2.00pm we will be introducing A Feast of Ideas from Wild Nephin! Add a fresh spring of the wild to your life and to your step! Ideas to eat, take on a walk, and work with creatively, inspired by the variety of life at the National Park. This workshop will explore some ways in which we can engage with biodiversity in our natural environment.


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Location: Ballycroy Village, Westport, Co Mayo

Discovering Peatlands – Exploring Boora Discovery Park @ Lough Boora Discovery Park
May 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Discovering Peatlands – Exploring Boora Discovery Park @ Lough Boora Discovery Park

The guided walk will explore the unique biodiversity of the area while also discussing the recent large scale rehabilitation works undertaken by Bord na Mona for peatland conservation and biodiversity enhancement.

Read more about Lough Boora Discovery Park:

Guided Garden and Nature Trail Walk @ Sonairte
May 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2022 (15th to 22nd May) join  Sonairte for a FREE guided  walk and talk on the 20th of May with our own gardener Damien McGroarty to learn about how organic farming can protect biodiversity whilst producing healthy local food, and enjoy a guided tour of the Nature Trail at Sonairte.

The Nature Trail is located on the banks of the River Nanny estuary which is a Special Protection (SPA) under the E.U. Birds Directive, of special conservation interest for the following species: Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Knot, Sanderling and Herring Gull. The E.U. Birds Directive pays particular attention to wetlands, and as these form part of this SPA, the site and its associated waterbirds are of special conservation interest Additionally, the Nature Trail has a range of habitats from salt marsh to woodland and permanent pasture so you are sure to have a fascinating day out in Nature.


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Introduction to River Ecology @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Introduction to River Ecology @ 'The StreamSchool' Bantry, Cork

Coomhola Salmon Trust has announced its range of StreamScapes Events in support of 2022 National Biodiversity Week, all to be held at ‘The StreamSchool’, Coomhola, Bantry, County Cork P75 TY47, between 13-22 May.

Following Schools Engagements during the Day, an ‘Introduction to River Ecology’ event with
Heritage-in-Schools Teacher & noted forager Stephanie O’Toole & Rauri Maguire: 3:00-5:00pm

Full schedule of events here:

A Mind For Our Times: The Living Legacy of John Moriarty @ Killarney House
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Dr. Kevin J. Power, lecturer in philosophy of mind, environmental ethics, philosophy of death and dying, as he discusses the complex yet captivating message of John Moriarty who weaves ecology, spirituality, philosophy, myth and folklore.

A native of Moyvane but living the last years of his life in Coolies, Mangerton, John Moriarty’s time spent in contemplation and reflection yielded monumental works such as Dreamtime, Invoking Ireland, and Night Journey to Buddh Gaia, all published between 1994 and his death in 2007.

Much more than an author, Moriarty can increasingly be seen in a prophetic light; ringing environmental alarm bells which are only just now resounding in public consciousness.

‘A Mind For Our Times’ lecture by Dr Power will explore the increasing relevance of this overlooked figure of Irish intellectual heritage.

More info at

Please register in advance by telephoning Killarney House Reception on 01-539 3620.  Email:

Location: Killarney House, Killarney, Muckross Road, Kerry

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