Communities will be coming together to celebrate biodiversity and connect with nature in their local area during National Biodiversity Week 2023, to take place from the 19th – 28th May. Events such as biodiversity walks, fun talks on the familiar and not-so-familiar plant, insect and animal species in the landscape and workshops for those looking to encounter the natural world up close will be taking place in towns and villages throughout the country, with something for everyone. All events – many of which are free – are listed on www.biodiversityweek.ie.
National Biodiversity Week is coordinated by the Irish Environmental Network and funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The purpose of the week is to engage the public in a range of nature-related activities, and to generate greater awareness of Ireland’s nature at a local level. Community groups, education providers, NGOs and nature experts are amongst those leading events to create a better understanding of nature and to share their expertise in Ireland’s habitats, plant and animal species and ecosystems.
Virginia Teehan, CEO of the Heritage Council, commented:
“It’s wonderful to see such momentum behind our natural heritage and as the biodiversity officer network grows I know we’ll see even more local activities to involve communities in biodiversity protection. Local communities play a huge part in preventing further biodiversity loss and National Biodiversity Week will help to get more people involved in local efforts. Congratulations to all the groups who have put on events in celebration of nature.”
To see a full list of events: https://biodiversityweek.ie/events-calendar/