Irish Forum on Natural Capital

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Event mailout 15.5.15Irish Forum on Natural Capital – launch event on June 18th


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Kerry County Council – Biodiversity Assistant, Ref. INTE 931915

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Kerry County Council is advertising for a job bridge post in association with the Vincent Wildlife Trust on a Bat project and with Killarney National Park Education Centre, Knockreer House.  The post is now advertised at as Biodiversity Assistant, Ref. INTE 931915.  If you could forward to any party who may be interested or any existing networks.  The successful candidate would be based in Tralee, in County Buildings, Rathass, Co Kerry.


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National Biodiversity Data Centre JobBridge Internship 2015

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National Biodiversity Data Centre JobBridge Internship 2015 (INTE931998)

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for a highly motivated person to contribute to the work of the Centre in 2015. The post provides a suitable candidate with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working in a leading biodiversity Data Centre, learning about all aspects of biological recording, data management and biodiversity training, while contributing in a real way to increasing our knowledge base on Ireland’s biodiversity.

Candidates must be registered with the JobBridge National Internship Scheme

Invasive Species Data Assistant

The JobBridge Internship will be structured to enable the successful candidate gain a rich learning experience by working with different staff of the Data Centre on different work areas. The focus of this year’s internship will be to provide the successful applicant with detailed training in researching European and international databases and grey literature for pertinent information on invasive species. The compiled information will be entered into an online species profile system and form a valuable element of species assessment.

Other key work areas will include providing support for sampling Irish river vegetation, sourcing and digitising important historical records for the Atlas of Mammals in Ireland project, assisting the production of the Data Centre’s identification guides, production of material for promoting conservation of pollinators and assisting with management of some of the Data Centre’s national databases.

A clear mentoring and supervisory structure will be provided to ensure that the Intern derives maximum benefit from the internship

The successful candidate will be provided with, specifically:

  • a deep insight into all aspects of the management of biodiversity data,
  • experience of project management in a dynamic work environment,
  • training in the use of the online invasive and non-native species profile entry system,
  • training in invasive species identification,
  • training in field identification of aquatic flora and vegetation,
  • high quality training in the WordPress website content management system,
  • training in monitoring programmes run by the Centre,
  • opportunity to attend the extensive programme of training workshops for 2015,
  • participation in the many field outings and other events organised by the Data Centre.

The position is suited to candidates with training in the natural sciences and knowledge of biodiversity data. The internship will be for 9 months duration and based at the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford but the post will involve a significant amount of fieldwork and travel. Candidates should have an interest in biodiversity, good attention to detail, good computer skills, and be able to work as part of a team. The internship will work closely with the Centre’s ecologists to provide guidance and support in the delivery of the work programme. Please note that as this post will involve a significant amount of fieldwork and travel a driver’s licence is desirable.

To apply, please send a covering letter outlining why you are interested in applying for the internship, together with a Curriculum Vitae to or post to:

National Biodiversity Data Centre, WIT West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th May 2015.

For more information contact:

Dr. Liam Lysaght, Director, National Biodiversity Data Centre. Telephone: 051 306240.

25 and 26 April 2015: Coastwatch Blue Info Days in Co. Wexford

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On Saturday, 25 April and Sunday, 26 April 2015 Coastwatch will hold Blue Info Days in Co. Wexford. This is a joint event with Wexford County Council and Citclops partners.

Please see this link to register: Coastwatch’s Blue Info Days in Co. Wexford

Download the program: PROGRAMME BLUE INFO DAYS

Visit Citclops website (Citizens’ Observatory for Coast and Ocean Optical Monitoring) Citclops

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 available for consultation

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All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 available for consultation

An All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is now available for consultation:

The draft All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 has been developed by a 15 member steering group, representative of key stakeholders. The plan provides an important framework to bring together pollinator initiatives across the island of Ireland, and is the start of a process by which we can collectively take positive steps to protect Irish pollinators and the service they provide into the future. It proposes taking action across five areas. Within each area, targets have been set and actions have been identified to help achieve that target. A total of 21 targets and 51 actions are identified. In all cases there is scope for new initiatives and new ideas to address each target.

We hope that as many of you as possible will have a look at the draft plan and provide your feedback, so that when it is published later in the year it will be as constructive and positive a document for Irish pollinators as possible. Feedback should be provided through the following online survey form before the 1st March 2015:

RESULTS: Encounters with Biodiversity photo-story competition

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The winners of the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s inaugural Encounters with Biodiversity photo-story competition have been announced. This novel competition was held to portray aspects of Ireland’s biodiversity and to provide a platform for photographers and naturalists to highlight their special interest. Entrants had to submit an original photograph and accompanying text to describe an encounter they had with an aspect of Ireland’s biodiversity.

The winning entries were:

1st –  Stag in the Woods by Richard Creagh

2nd – A Midnight Embrace by Conan McDonnell

3rd – Pink Grasshopper by Chris Connolly


U18 category:

1st – Catch of the day by Cathal Forkan

2nd – Dragonfly by Billy McKee

3rd – Small Copper Butterfly by Adam Middleton


All of the winning entries, and those highly commended can be viewed on the following link

Certificate in Biological Recording and Identification

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Entry Requirements
This is a Level 7 course and applicants should hold a Leaving Certificate
or equivalent, or have other relevant experience. If English is not their
first language, proof of proficiency in English is required. The minimum
acceptable score on TOEFL Internet Based Test is 100, on the IELTS
system it is 6.5. Read more …
Applying Online
To apply online, please go to:
Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn
Phone 01 7162337

Programme announced for the All-Ireland Pollinator Symposium

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A draft of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 will be available for consultation before the end of January.


To introduce the Plan and provide a forum where you can come along, hear more information, and take part in discussions we are having a one-day pollinator meeting on the 17th February at Waterford Institute of Technology. This will be an informal day where a number of speakers will outline elements of the plan and there will be discussion on ways in which we can move forward on specific actions. The event is open to all, and it is hoped that anyone with an interest in Irish pollinators and their conservation will attend.

You can view the programme for the day here.

Register for the event here.


Symposium on the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Services – programme announced

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Symposium on Mapping & Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services in Ireland

The programme for the Symposium on the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Services has been finalised and can be downloaded here.

Register online for the event here.

Launch of Workshop Programme 2015

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2015 Workshop Programme

2015 Workshop Programme

Open for bookings …

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is pleased to announce the launch of its 2015 workshop programme.  Thanks to ongoing support from partners the Centre has been able to maintain the geographic spread of workshops. Advanced training aimed at the professional ecologist to meet the needs of Continuing Professional Development programmes proved very successful last year so will feature again in this year’s programme. Our standard identification workshops will follow the usual format catering for the needs of beginners through to advanced.

Book online here.

Booking fees are non-transferable and non-refundable