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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:

Farmyard Bioblitz @ Kerry UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come along and join us in counting plants, animals and insects on a farm in the Kerry Biosphere.

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity.

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“From the Nanny to the Boyne” Sonairte and Hinterlands Biodiversity Action Plan Launch Event @ Sonairte
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join Sonairte, Flynn Furney Ecology Consultancy and Liam Keane from Bettystown Tidy Towns together with invited community groups, local representatives  and individuals to  celebrate the launch of our Biodiversity Action Plan for the East Meath area: Our Biodiversity from the Nanny to the Boyne

Billy Flynn and Louise MacElwain will take us through the main findings and recommendation from the Biodiversity Action Plan, and Liam Keane will discuss some of the Actions already being taken to implement the BAP. We will be looking for volunteers and ideas  to help with protecting our local biodiversity (Hint, see event on Sunday 22nd May!).

Free buffet lunch will be provided.

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Walk with Us! Invertebrates and Birds of Caroll’s Bog
May 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Walk with Us! Invertebrates and Birds of Caroll's Bog
A walking tour of the wetlands of Tramore Valley Park led by Cork Nature Network

Wetlands are an area of land that is saturated with water either permanently or seasonally, and where the water table is near or at the surface. These wetlands are home to a large diversity of plant and animal species and form an important network of ecological sites for many species on migration.

This event will explore the wetland area of Tramore Valley Park. This will be a guided walk by Cork Nature Network who will highlight the animals and plants which can be found within the park’s wetland area. The walk will cover the importance of wetlands for biodiversity and how everyone can help in managing Irish Biodiversity through citizen science platforms such as the National Biodiversity Data Centre and Citizen Science Stream Index.

Bring suitable footwear for wet ground and a pair of binoculars, if you have them!

Location: Tramore Valley Park (Half Moon Lane entrance), South Link Road, T12 AE86 Cork

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Biodiversity Recording: How to Get Started @ Wild Nephin National Park
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Biodiversity Recording: How to Get Started @ Wild Nephin National Park

Sunday May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity (Biodiversity). Between 11am and 4pm come along to the Ballycroy Visitor Centre to learn how you can get started recording biodiversity. A National Park Guide will demonstrate the different ways you can gather and collate records of biodiversity. We will also have paper copies of species recording sheets for you to take away.


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Location: Ballycroy Village, Westport, Co Mayo

Community Action Day @ Sonairte
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Sonairte for a fun day out with free lunch and free training in 3rd schedule invasive species , followed by direct community actions to implement some of the actions in our Biodiversity Action Plan. Depending on the numbers of volunteers we will have either one or two teams who will carry out community actions to conserve biodiversity including clearing any rubbish contaminating our waterways and shores.

Free buffet lunch will be provided!

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Woodlands, Water & Biodiversity @ Billy Fox Memorial Park
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Woodlands, Water & Biodiversity: Celebrate National Biodiversity Week with a ramble at Billy Fox Memorial Park to explore the flora and fauna which inhabit our local streams, rivers and woodlands.

Ben Malone, Community Water Officer with the Local Authority Waters Programme will be on hand to reveal the rich biodiversity that can be found in our local streams and rivers and will demonstrate how members of the public can engage in citizen science aimed at revealing the water quality in our local watercourses.

This will be followed by an exploration of the biodiversity that can be found within the woodland habitats of the park. Participants will accompany ecologist Goska Wilkowska from Nature’s Patch Network who will help to identify the different types of plants and animals encountered and discuss the importance of a diverse landscape rich in semi-natural habitats for a healthy river catchment.

This free family friendly event will take place from 11:00am – 1.00pm on Sunday 22nd May,

International Day of Biological Diversity. Booking essential through Sandra McQuaid, Heritage Section, Monaghan County Council. Email: or call on 047-35000 Ext. 480.