Explore what’s on during Biodiversity Week below!

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Featured image credit: Lining the Nest, by Colette Gemmell

Biodiversity Photographer of the Year 2023 – now open for submissions @ Online
May 1 – May 31 all-day

Are you are a keen amateur photographer that loves to capture striking landscapes, migration spectacles, fabulous flora, or dramatic close-up images of birds, mammals and insects? Would you like to win up to €500 in cash prizes? Then we have the competition for you.

Take a photo during May 2023 and enter for the title of Biodiversity Photographer of the Year!

More info here.

Exhibition of photographs of Starling Murmurations over Lough Ennell @ Mullingar Library
May 19 @ 2:00 pm – May 28 @ 5:00 pm

20 photographs of Starling Murmurations over Lough Ennell taken by John McCauley and Rodney Cleary. This exhibition can be viewed during Library opening hours. This exhibition will be officially launched on Thurs 25th May at 6pm by Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland – regular contributor to Mooney Goes Wild on RTÉ Radio One and co-presenter of the In Your Nature Podcast series.


Mullingar Library

National Backyard Bioblitz @ Online
May 26 – May 28 all-day
National 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!

Ask Our Experts from the Irish Environmental Network

Ask our ecologists and experts to identify what you’ve found! They will be on hand to ID your finds throughout the weekend.

Simply share your photo on Twitter or Instagram at any stage over the weekend, with #BackyardBioblitz, and tag us on Twitter @IrishEnvNet or Instagram @national.biodiversity.week

The Organic Centre: Celebrating connections with Lakota water protectors @ Leitrim
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Organic Centre: Celebrating connections with Lakota water protectors @ Leitrim

The general public is invited for a talk and entertainment to honor the deep connection between the Lakota people, ourselves as Irish and the soil. The aim will be to raise awareness of the threat of soil degradation due to overconsumption and industrial land use changes, of mining, of fossil fuel industry which threatens us all. Indigenous people have a deep appreciation for working with the land, organic ways, and Mother Earth. There is a connection for many here too of the importance of the soil and the need to protect it. The aim of the event is to make those connections and highlight that we are all guardians of the soil and need to take care of it for all our futures. The event organizers invite the public to come and join the event, action and entertainment and support the message of unity in protecting our earth and its resources.

Link to related article: https://atmos.earth/soil-degradation-worsens-climate-change/

*Car pooling-Meet at the Castle 9.30am for those in need of transport.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/640079835017

The Organic Centre: Celebrating connections with Lakota water protectors

28th May: 10am-12pm.

Wheelchair accessible – Accessible pathways and toilets.

Botanical art with Debbie Reilly @ Galway
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Botanical art with Debbie Reilly @ Galway

Our final event is a beautiful botanical art workshop with Debbie who collaborates closely with Friends of Merlin Woods and the community immersed and aware of our local biodiversity .All participants will go home with a beautiful piece of artwork .

Booking will be needed for Botanical Art through Eventbrite as spaces are limited and for more info on any event email eventsmerlinwoods@gmail.com .

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/biodiversity-week-in-merlin-woods-19th-28th-may-tickets-635284692617?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Meeting point: at Merlin Woods Community Garden.

Please wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing . Please leave dogs at home unless essential for your needs .

Biodiversity through Play & Clay @ Archers Wood, Wicklow
May 28 @ 3:00 pm
Biodiversity through Play & Clay @ Archers Wood, Wicklow

Join Alex from Understory supported by Delgany Tidy Towns in this outdoor workshop to explore what biodiversity means through tactile learning. We start with a short walk to find natural materials and then incorporate them to make our very own biodiversity inspired sculpture. This event is perfect for families; all ages from preschool to students, parents, and grandparents.

Meeting at Archers Wood tennis courts, A63 A2K1, to take part. 

Wheelchair accessible with care and assistance.