What is Biodiversity?
Put simply, Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. It is essential for sustaining the natural living systems or ecosystems that provide us with food, clean water, fuel, health, wealth, and other services we take for granted in our everyday life.
Species of the month
Education Tools for Biodiversity
With assistance fron the National Parks and Wildlife Service, this year sees the introduction of Biodiversity as the latest theme in the An Taisce Green Schools Programme. To assist educators, Notice Nature have introduced a new page on the website especially for teachers to help with introducing the subject of biodiversity into the classroom. Click on the Green Schools Logo to go directly to the page.
NPWS Education Centres
The National Parks and Wildlife Service operates several Education Centres around the country. The centres offer programmes in field studies and nature awareness to schools and other interested groups. Click on the photo to find an Education Centre near you.
National Biodiversity Data Centre
Click here and find out whats happening at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford
Burren Beo Trust
Actions for Biodiversity 2011-2016 Ireland's National Biodiversity Plan
Click on the icon below to read the Plan
Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee
Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee (IRWC) is a national committee set up to assist the Ireland in meeting its requirements as a signatory to the Ramsar Convention. To find out more about the work of the IRWC you can go to their website http://www.irishwetlands.ie/
Welcome to Notice Nature
Notice Nature is Ireland's public awareness campaign on biodiversity.
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of
biodiversity and to encourage everyone to play their part in its
protection. This will help halt the damage being done to our plants and
animals and the landscape, waters and habitats in which they live.
Irish Hen Harrier Winter Survey
To find out more about the Hen Harrier just click on the icon above.
Atlas of Mammals in Ireland
A collaborative initiative to map the distribution of all wild mammals in Ireland and Irish territorial waters.
Click on the Mammal Collage above to find out more
National Frog Survey of Ireland
Click on the frog for more information.
Noticed Nature Lately?
Tell us about the Irish wildlife you've spotted and send in your nature photos today!
Notice Nature Gallery
by G Conran, Kinvara
Check out some of the photos that have been sent in here
Download Notice Nature Screensaver by clicking here
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Killarney National Park
Further information can be had by contacting 064-6631440
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Connemara National Park
Ballycroy National Park
Glenveagh National Park
Invasive aquatic plants can damage our ponds, waterways and the environment.
Be plant wise and donít dump aquatic plants in the wild.
Ponds can create a wonderful feature to be
enjoyed all year round and are often a haven for wildlife. However, if
they are not cared for properly some pond plants can take over your
pond. They can also become established in the wild, where they can
smother our native plants, clog our waterways, exacerbate flooding and
remove oxygen from the water, which can harm fish.
Pond owners, gardeners, aquarists, anglers
and other water users can unknowingly assist the spread of aquatic
plants into our countryside. These plants can rapidly become major
environmental problems with expensive associated costs. Click on the
image above to find out more
Coastwatch Survey 2013
Coastwatch Irelandís annual sea shore survey is taking place over the coming weeks and they are looking for volunteers to take part. The survey is easy to do and is suitable for non-specialists so it can be carried out by individuals, schools, scouts, families or walking groups or just about anyone who likes to walk on the beach.
If you are interested in taking part simply go to http://www.coastwatch.org/ where you can download the survey questionnaire and guide notes. You can also use the new Coastwatch Google map programme to help you select an area of shore to survey. After you have completed your survey, you can post the results directly to Coastwatch Ireland or enter them on the website. Photos and videos are also very welcome and feel free to share your story on the Coastwatch facebook page.
Local Agenda 21Environmental Partnership Fund
Do you have a project or initiative that could contribute to increasing local levels of environmental awareness or one which promotes building greener more sustainable communities?
If so, you may qualify for financial assistance from the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2013.
The Fund promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at local level.Click here for more information
Irelands Biodiversity at Risk
The IUCN(International Union for Conservation Network) Have recently published Fact Sheets on the state of threatened species in all EU states. Click here to see the Fact Sheet on Ireland.
The Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee have published a new leaflet on Irelands Wetlands. Click on the photo below to view the leaflet.
Photo: John Fox
You can find out more about Irelands Wetlands at http://www.irishwetlands.ie/
Inland Fisheries Ireland's new smart phone app is now available to download from the Google Play and iTunes App stores. Click on the icon for more details.
Take part in our Nature Survey