National Biodiversity Week 19th – 27th MAY

National Biodiversity Week is nearly here.  Running from the 19th to the 27th of May, why not tag along with the National Biodiversity Data Centre who are running events throughout the week.


The week is a celebration of Ireland’s biodiversity which supports International Day for Biological Diversity taking place on the 22nd of May every year across the world. We want people to make a special effort during the week to engage with and connect with #nature. We’re helping you do just that with the provision of the events displayed in the picture above.


What’s in store?


There are butterfly monitoring scheme workshops, wildlife walks, dawn choruses (one with a coffee morning at the National Biodiversity Data Centre – come and meet the staff!) and one workshop on an introduction to botanical keys, all of which will help you get back in touch with nature and hopefully help us document Ireland’s biodiversity! It’s worth noting that nearly all of the events are free of charge with the exception of one workshop.


To book your place at our events, visit our events page



We’ll also be running a themed National Biodiversity Week recording challenge so get your recording apps at the ready (

The focus will be on one of our key biological indicators for environmental change.


Other events across the country



If we aren’t hitting your locality during National Biodiversity Week, don’t forget the Irish Environmental Network and Ireland’s eNGOs across the country are hosting events too.


Take a look at the events page here:


Get your thinking cap…there might be a prize in it for you! By correctly guessing what two species distributions have been mapped in our National Biodiversity Week events image, you could be placed in a draw to win one of the following:


1) Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010 – 2015


2) Full suite of identification swatches


3) Summer workshop spot


To be successfully entered into the draw, please leave a comment with your answers underneath our post about the quiz on Facebook

( and then share it with your friends. Alternatively, you can retweet (with your answers) the post about the quiz on Twitter (


Best of luck to everyone who enters, and to all who will join with us in recognition of Ireland’s wildlife, have a great biodiversity week!