The UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Data Centre and with support from the Heritage Council will deliver a new one year course: ‘Certificate in Biological Recording and Identification’. It is the first university certificate in biological recording and identification in Ireland and is open to anyone who wishes to develop or hone their species identification skills and engage in biological recording.
The course would be ideal for staff of NGOs and the general public, especially those who are retired, but is also highly relevant to consultants, teachers and other professionals who wish to enhance existing skills and achieve university certification.
The course comprises three modules:
- 1) Approaches to biological recording for a range of taxa, the various types of data that can be collected and how they can be managed. Current initiatives in biological recording are outlined and students are given instruction in how to record data in a scientifically acceptable manner including use of appropriate computer software.
- 2)Classification and identification of a range of biological groups and terrestrial and freshwater sampling techniques. (Credit will be given for identification workshops taken at the Data Centre)
- 3)Individual project on a selected group of organisms – identification, field recording and written report.
The course will commence in January 2014 with the taught modules taking place on Friday mornings (8 or 9 mornings from Jan to May). The project work will take place over the summer months.
The fee for the course is €2,000 however bursaries from the Heritage Council may be awarded, on application, to cover part of this fee.
This is a Level 7 course and applicants should hold a Leaving Certificate or equivalent or have other relevant experience. Applications can be made online at htt://www.ucd.ie/apply or through Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn: firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be obtained from Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn.
Jimmy Deenihan TD; Michael Starrett (CEO of the Heritage Council; Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn (Chair of the National Biodiversity Data Centre) and Dr Liam Lysaght (Director of the National Biodiversicy Data Centre)
The Data Centre’s Strategic Plan 2013-2017 was launched by Jimmy Deenihan T.D. on Thursday 21st November.
Please contact the Centre if you would like a hard copy of the plan or it can be downloaded from the link below.
Strategic Plan 2013-2017
National Biodiversity Data Centre Series No. 1
The Data Centre has just published the first of a new report series to help develop national biodiversity data standards and guidelines. Ireland’s Red Lists – a national standard proposes a standard approach for applying the IUCN Red List Criteria in Ireland. It sets out the process to be followed, clarifies the criteria to be used and identifies the roles and responsibilities of the different partners involved in producing Red Lists. An indicative programme of Ireland’s Red Lists is also presented, building on the Ireland’s Biodiversity 2010- Knowledge Gaps initiative.
Red Lists are an internationally recognised method of assessing the threat status of species in Ireland, and ensures that biological recording efforts translate directly to the identification of conservation priorities. NPWS and NIEA is actively managing the roll out of a programme of Red List for Ireland over the coming years. To download a copy of the report click here.
Angus Tyner – Distinguished Recorder 2013
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is delighted to award the Distinguished Recorder Award 2013 to Mr Angus Tyner. Angus has been chosen as this year’s recipient for the outstanding contribution he has made to the recording and documenting of Ireland’s biological diversity, particularly, but not exclusively, of moths.
Angus is one of a relatively small group of voluntary recorders who has taken his interest and passion in recording moths to an extremely high level of expertise over a relatively short period of time. It was only since early 2000 that Angus first became aware and interested in the astonishing diversity of moths in and around where he lives in County Wicklow. His enquiring mind and eye to detail meant that he quickly developed into one of Ireland’s leading moth recorders in a very short period of time.
In 2005, Angus co-founded MothsIreland with Michael O’Donnell. This initiative provided a focal point for the recording, networking and support structure for the small number of moth recorders in Ireland. It clearly filled a need, and it led to the establishment of the MothsIreland database and a website where, for the first time in Ireland, the detailed distribution of 550 moths were mapped and made available to the recording community. Angus and his colleagues in MothsIreland are working on a consolidated national database which will form the basis for the first formal conservation assessment (Red List) of macro-moth in Ireland. This is testament to the great advances that have been made in expanding the knowledge base on moths in Ireland in recent years and is in no small part due to the work and vision of Angus and some of this colleagues.
Angus epitomises all the best qualities of a leading recorder of biodiversity; he has a deep passion in the subject, has a huge capacity for learning, understands the need for accuracy and precision, and has an inherent desire to impart his knowledge to others. He gives of his time freely and voluntarily, enthusing those around him. He describes beautifully moth trapping being like ‘opening a new present every morning’; and this sense of wonderment is always in evidence when he is sorting through his catch.
Although associated most with moths, Angus has a keen interest in other aspects of biodiversity and generates many records of dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and other insects. In addition to raising a young family, he manages his woodland farm, represents Ireland in orienteering and is a voluntary observer for MetEireann.
The State of Insect Conservation in Ireland
Thursday 24th – Untangling the web – where are we with the Marsh Fritillary?
Friday 25th – Hovering on the edge – threatened species evaluation in Ireland.
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin
New framework to deliver biodiversity knowledge
Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook sets out key steps to harness IT and open data to inform better decisions
Copenhagen, Denmark – A new initiative launched today (2 Oct) aims to coordinate global efforts and funding to deliver the best possible information about life on Earth, and our impacts upon it.
The Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook sets out a framework to harness the immense power of information technology and an open data culture to gather unprecedented evidence about biodiversity and to inform better decisions.
The framework is outlined in a document and website entitled Delivering Biodiversity Knowledge in the Information Age, inviting policy makers, funders, researchers, informatics specialists, data holders and others to unite around four key focus areas where progress is needed.
Global Biodiversity Informatics Outlook 02102013
GBIO INFO SHEET final
The National Biodiversity Data Centre has launched a suite of mapping and statistics tools which will allow users of the centres’ recording system to see their records mapped and graphed in real time. Users can customise their queries based on time-range, species, species group and site name. All that is required is the email address which you used to submit the records. It is hoped that user’s will find the new tools very helpful in tracking their recording activities.
Google Map Example
The Irish Butterfly Monitoring Scheme Annual Report for 2012 is now available as a download here Butterfly Annual Report 2012
Current Employment Opportunity
Ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre
The National Biodiversity Data Centre has an opening for an Ecologist to join the small team of staff at its offices in Waterford.
Click this link for the full job specification from Compass Informatics.