Biodiversity on Your Doorstep – Learning from Nature

Biodiversity on Your Doorstep – Learning from Nature
22 – 26 February 2021. All events Free and Online.

Discover biodiversity in your own back yard whether it is in your own garden, the local Nature Park or Greenway. Learn how to protect and improve our local ecosystems. Join Europe Direct, Waterford, Waterford Libraries and Waterford Environmental Department for a week of FREE events from 22 – 26 February.
All Events are online.

The EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030 is a comprehensive, ambitious and long-term plan to protect nature and reverse the degradation of ecosystems. The strategy aims to put Europe’s biodiversity on a path to recovery by 2030, and contains specific actions and commitments.

It is the proposal for the EU’s contribution to the upcoming international negotiations on the global post-2020 biodiversity framework. A core part of the European Green Deal, it will also support a green recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.


Keynote:

Giving your Garden back to Nature – A Talk by Mary Reynolds
Monday 22 February 7pm – 8pm

After a long career as a landscape designer, Mary Reynolds realised one day that she had to stop what she was doing and step up and ask people to give their gardens back to nature. The more biodiversity you can establish in your patch of earth, the more complex a food web that is restored; the less biodiversity, the weaker an ecosystem. No need to plant anything unless soil is damaged or destroyed. Every square foot of healthy soil hides about 5000 seeds. We just need to encourage and allow them to emerge from the soil, and then slowly guide the system into as diverse a habitat as possible from woodland and native shrubby thickets down to meadow.

Change the way you think as a gardener. Wake up and become a guardian. Stop fighting nature and go against the controlling instinct and instead encourage those weeds, encourage untidiness, encourage life to return.

Booking:
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/giving-your-garden-back-to-nature-a-talk-by-mary-reynolds-tickets-140064224867

Biography
Mary Reynolds is a Chelsea Gold medal winning Irish landscape designer, bestselling author and  nature activist. The writer and director Vivienne De Courcy made a movie, “Dare to be Wild (2016), about one of Mary’s adventures. Mary is a proud patron of Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland (WRI) and strives to do as much as she can to re-educate people how to live in harmony with nature in their own patch of land.


Webinars:

Bees, Birds & Trees- Biodiversity & Waterford Council
Tuesday 23 February 11am – 12noon

 

Join staff from Waterford City & County Council who will tell us about Kilbarry Nature Park, planting for biodiversity, actions to help pollinators, opportunities for schools and Tidy Town Groups as well as the Let the Dandelions Bee Campaign and some exciting Biodiversity Projects planned for 2021.

Waterford City & County Council Panel:
Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer
Bernie Guest, Heritage Officer
Eoin Dullea, Horticulturist
Claire Hartley, Head of Communications (Chair)

Booking:
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/bees-birds-trees-biodiversity-waterford-council-tickets-140106740031

 


Discover the new Digital Wildlife of Ireland Map!
Wednesday 24 February 11am – 12noon

Neil Tarrant, along with Mairéad Ní Chiaruáin, is the co-creator of Ireland’s first Digital Wildlife Map! This new online learning tool has been created especially for primary school students to help them and their families learn about the wildlife they can help protect in their communities. The interactive map is a fun way to learn all about the birds, mammals and fish native to Ireland. Children can explore the island of Ireland at home on the phone, tablet or computer, learn about which species are native to which areas, and test their knowledge with quizzes as they complete activities.
With everyone staying home during the current restrictions, and home-schooling ongoing, the Wildlife of Ireland Map offers another resource for parents to engage children in learning and is accessible to anyone with an internet connection and a device. The map can be accessed on the Libraries Ireland website at www.nature.librariesireland.ie.

Booking:
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/discover-the-new-wildlife-of-ireland-map-tickets-139955642093

Biography
They also run www.leighleat.com – a site with educational resources as Gaeilge. There is a version of the digital map (as Gaeilge) on the site. Neil is the recently retired principal of Gaelscoil Ui Fhiaich in Maynooth.

 


The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers and the Trees
Biodiversity – from Brussels to your Doorstep! With Ecologist / MEP Grace O’Sullivan
Thursday 25 February at 11am

Join Ecologist and MEP Grace O’Sullivan on www.facebook.com/eudirect and the Europe Direct Waterford YouTube Channel on Thursday 25 February at 11am.

 


Learn how to spot Spring Flowers and become a Citizen Scientist
with Oisín Duffy from the Waterford’s National Biodiversity Data Centre
Friday 26 February 11am – 12noon

Discover how to spot 20 easily identifiable spring flowers and how you can become a Citizen Scientist and learn how to record your findings and contribute to furthering plant conservation in Ireland. Also find out more about the National Biodiversity Data Centre which is based in Waterford and how Biodiversity data is a key requirement for understanding our natural surroundings, for tracking change in our environment and for gaining a greater insight on how we benefit from, and impact upon, the ecosystem goods and services provided by biological diversity; a national asset which contributes at least €2.6 billion to the Irish economy each year.

Booking:
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/learn-how-to-spot-spring-flowers-and-become-a-citizen-scientist-tickets-139945491733

Biography
Oisín Duffy is the Surveys and Records Officer with the National Biodiversity Data Centre:
He has responsibility for the management of Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal and overseeing the delivery of the Data Centre’s data validation processes with partners. He provides active support to the recording network to improve the quality and quantity of data submitted. He also leads the Centre’s work on the development of new surveys to address existing knowledge gaps.

Presentation Notes from How to spot Spring Flowers and become a Citizen Scientist
with Oisín Duffy from the Waterford’s National Biodiversity Data Centre

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Presentation Notes from Bees, Birds & Trees: Biodiversity & Waterford Council Panel Event

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Useful Links:

Environmental Protection Agency          

The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing to ensure that Ireland’s environment is protected.

https://www.epa.ie/


National Parks and Wildlife Service

Conservation of ecosystems to maintain and enhance populations of flora and fauna in Ireland. Advise on the protection of habitats and species promote awareness of natural heritage and biodiversity issues through education, outreach to schools.

https://www.npws.ie/about-npws

Implementation of National and EU legislation and policies for nature conservation and biodiversity including the EU Habitats and Birds Directives


European Union publications on Biodiversity

52 Tips for Biodiversity: https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/6c7d9481-f359-4312-ab95-d87b68a23f02

52 Steps Towards a Greener City: https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/080dffa8-49c5-11e8-be1d-01aa75ed71a1/

European Commission DG Environment – Nature and Biodiversity      https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/index_en.htm

EU Biodiversity strategy for 2030                                          https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal/actions-being-taken-eu/eu-biodiversity-strategy-2030_en#the-business-case-for-biodiversity

European Green Deal – Striving to be the first climate-neutral continent

The European Green Deal provides an action plan to boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy, restoring biodiversity and cutting pollution.

https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en


Mary Reynolds / We are the Ark

https://marymary.ie/

We are the Ark

https://wearetheark.org/


Wildlife of Ireland Online Map

Libraries’ Ireland Wildlife of Ireland Online Map and learning resource

Images, information and quizzes about Ireland’s birds, mammals and fish

https://nature.librariesireland.ie/home


National Biodiversity Data Centre

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a national organisation which collects and manages data on Ireland’s biodiversity in order to document our wildlife resource and to track how it is changing over time.

https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/our-work-with-others/national-biodiversity-data-centre

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a national centre for the collection, collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data on Ireland’s biological diversity.

Citizen Science Portal  https://records.biodiversityireland.ie/

Biodiversity Maps  https://maps.biodiversityireland.ie/


Spring Flowering Plants Project

Spring Flowers:  https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/spring_flowers/

Spring Flowers:  https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/additional-survey-schemes/spring-flowering-plants-project/

Butterflies: https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/monitoring-scheme-initiatives/butterfly-monitoring-scheme/resources/how-to-identify-butterflies/

Bumblebees:  https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/monitoring-scheme-initiatives/bumblebee-monitoring-scheme/about-bumblebees/

Ladybirds:  https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/additional-survey-schemes/ladybird-atlas-2025/irelands-ladybirds/

All Ireland Pollinator Plan:  https://pollinators.ie/


Actions to Help Pollinators

https://pollinators.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Gardens_actions-to-help-pollinators-2018-WEB.pdf

Invasive Species: https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/invasive-species/
Species Profiles: https://species.biodiversityireland.ie/
Garden wildlife booklet:  https://laois.ie/wp-content/uploads/Garden-Wildlife-Booklet-WEB-17MB.pdf


Bird Watch Ireland
The primary objective of Bird Watch Ireland is the protection of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland.
https://birdwatchireland.ie/about-us/
https://birdwatchireland.ie/publications-list/


Irish Wildlife trust
The Irish Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity committed to raising awareness of Ireland’s rich natural heritage and protecting it for future generations.
https://iwt.ie/


Irish Seed Savers
Their main objective is to protect Ireland’s food crop heritage for future generations. We encourage communities to come together to share seeds and plants, all with the aim of promoting Ireland’s biodiversity.
https://irishseedsavers.ie/


Friends of the Earth
Campaign to bring about the system change needed for a just world where people and nature thrive. https://www.foe.ie/


Tree Council of Ireland
The Tree Council of Ireland is an umbrella body for organisations involved in planting, management and conservation of trees in Ireland.
https://www.treecouncil.ie/


Irish Peatlands Conservation
Our mission is to protect a representative sample of the peatlands of Ireland for people to enjoy today and in the future.
http://www.ipcc.ie/


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