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.
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.
of Invasive Alien Species
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
Take part in our Nature Survey
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
Invasive aquatic plants can damage our ponds, waterways and the environment.
Be plant wise and don’t 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
Biodiversity Awareness Grant Scheme 2013
The Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Mr. Jimmy Deenihan is pleased to announce that
Applications for Funding are now invited for projects under the Environment Fund for Biodiversity Awareness
Grant Scheme 2013
. The “Environment Fund for Biodiversity Awareness
was established to support initiatives, projects and targeted public awareness
campaigns that enhance awareness of Irish biodiversity and ecosystem services Targeted
audiences include schools, the general public, local communities, third level
students, key economic sectors and scientific communities.
The Scheme is administered
by the Biodiversity Policy Unit, National Parks and Wildlife Service of the
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and full details and application
forms are available to download from here
The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 28th
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.
Biodiversity Week Photo Competition
To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2013, the Irish Environmental Network is
holding a photography competition under the theme ‘Water and Nature’.
The competition is open to all ages and ability levels. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of €300 and there will be,
five highly-commended prizes of €50 each. The top entries will be
featured on the Irish Environmental Network’s website, Facebook and
To be eligible to enter, the photograph must be taken somewhere in
Ireland during Biodiversity Week, from the 18th to the 26th of May with
the theme ‘Water and Nature’. Entrants are encouraged to interpret the
theme as they see fit. Click here for more details.
National Biodiversity Week 2013
Week will take place
this year from Saturday 18th
May to Sunday 26th May, with the UN International Day of
Biodiversity being celebrated on 22nd May. This year the Convention on
Biological Diversity (CBD) has designated a theme of Water & Biodiversity for 2013.
This will be Ireland’s 7th annual
celebration of National Biodiversity week
and its aim is to create awareness of the importance of biodiversity and to
better understand its value to the local, national and international community.
Events will take place nationwide in a range of
locations including the National Parks and Nature Reserves.
Events will take place in communities across Ireland and details can be found on the events page of this website. Everyone is invited
and encouraged to take part in these events.
Notice Nature and Dept of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Logos for use on promotional materials can be found here.
Notice Nature Photo of the Month
Photo by Peter Welch
Green Schools Awards
The poem below was composed by St. Pats Boys National School, Donabate, Co. Dublin as part of their Action Day for their Green Schools Biodiversity Flag.
Well done lads and keep up the good work!