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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: https://biodiversityweek.ie/photo-competitions/
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
An online talk on the benefits of positive pollinator actions for biodiversity is available to view at the following link: https://wexford.canto.global/b/G97TH. 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.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A COMMUNITY SEED BANK – Video talk by Kevin Dudley, edited by Eoin Campbell
Available to view on thevillage.ie 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.
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: www.records.biodiversityireland.ie
For a how to video on adding photos to the database see here: https://biodiversityweek.ie/backyard-bioblitz-2021/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with BIODIVERSITY WEEK WEBINAR in the Subject line.
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Donna Mullen (chair of GFI) has already given a talk about bats to Connecting Cabra in Dublin 7 and they were very keen to be involved in building their own bat boxes, along with the Cabra Men’s Shed. You can see details on the Events page of our website here: https://www.greenfoundationireland.ie/biodiversity-weekvirtual-bat-box-building22-may-2022/ and on the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/virtual-bat-box-building-tickets-341160479177 – please note that this event is already booked out!
Join bat expert Dr Tina Aughney for this online, virtual experience as she goes through a presentation and videos of bats in her garden in Co. Cavan. Tina will talk you through bats that are likely to be attracted to your garden; hedgerows, plants and flowers that are likely to encourage bat activity; and trees, bat boxes, eaves and crevices in the surrounds of your garden that are likely to host/encourage bat roosts.
Tina has over 15 years’ experience in running bat conservation monitoring programmes and personally has developed a biodiversity haven in her own garden. She is committed to preserving native Irish plants and shrubs, which when under threat from development projects, find a new home in her back garden. Her personal biodiversity project in 2020 was to install a pond in her back garden, which is a great way to encourage bats in your back garden through insect predation.
This virtual experience is a free event and it will take place on 22 May 2022, during Biodiversity Week. It will be open to the public across Ireland to attend, as long as they register.
This event is free and open to all. It is being held as part of Biodiversity Week 2022.
You will need to register for this event. Details on how to register will be available here: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/bats-in-your-back-garden