Ireland's Biodiversity Awareness Campaign

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


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



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.

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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


Noticed Nature Lately?

Tell us about the Irish wildlife you've spotted and send in your nature photos today!

Click here


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

National Parks

Wicklow Mountains National Park

Killarney National Park

Further information can be had by contacting 064-6631440

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Connemara National Park

Ballycroy National Park

Glenveagh National Park 


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




Local Agenda 21 Environmental 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.

Irelands Wetlands

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


Invasive Species

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


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