To the waters and the wild – National Biodiversity Week 2017
May 19th – 28th is National Biodiversity Week 2017
All over the country during Biodiversity Week there will be a huge variety of events taking place. The main goal of the week is to get people to connect with nature. And hopefully motivate us to treasure and protect our valuable resources. It celebrates our animals and fish, plants and insects in unique ways. All events are free and open to everyone. Many of the events are listed on www.inspireme.ie or you can also check out www.biodiversityweek.ie.
Walk on the Wild Side
Dublin City Green Trail takes you on a 2 hour guided walk of the green spots in Dublin city centre. Suitable for all ages, you will be able to identify trees and carry out a bird survey under the direction of experienced guides. Just remember the walking shoes!
From the urban jungle, to the solitude of Rathmullan, Donegal there will be a guided woodland walk. This walk will introduce you to the flora and fauna in this hidden wonderland. Again, comfortable walking shoes are essential!
In Cork there will be a land-based guided whale watch at Cloghna Head, which includes discussions on whale and dolphin biology, ecology and the incredible research of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG). Also, there will also be similar events in Loop Head, Co Clare, and Fenit, Co Kerry. Who needs exotic holidays when we have such an amazing sea-life off our very own coast? Remember to bring the sunscreen …. Hope springs eternal.
For the Birds
If you are an early bird living in Meath, why not experience the Dawn Chorus at the fabulous Sonairte. From 5am guides from Birdwatch Ireland will be on hand to interpret the magical sounds of the feathered world as it wakes to greet another day. Bring the binoculars to add technicolour to this surround-sound.
For the would-be paparazzi amongst us, there is also an amateur photograph competition for the best shot depicting our Irish Biodiversity (photo must be taken in the month of May).
With over 50 events in total, there is sure to be an event close to you this May. Tear the kids away from the screens and get out and about to celebrate Ireland’s biodiversity in the company of experts. Opportunities like this don’t come along every week so be sure to make the most of them.