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: http://pollinators.biodiversityireland.ie/home/all-ireland-pollinator-plan-2015-2020/

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pollinator_plan

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 http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/encounters-with-biodiversity/

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: http://www.ucd.ie/apply
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

GBIF Young Researcher Award 2015

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Global Biodiversity Information Facility

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has issued a call for proposals for its Young Researchers Award 2015. The award is intended to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics by graduate students who are deploying GBIF-enabled data in master’s and doctoral studies. Students in Irish institutions are eligible to apply as Ireland is one of the GBIF Participant countries.

Proposals for this award should be submitted to Dr. Liam Lysaght, Ireland’s Head of Delegation to GBIF, by Friday 27th February, 2015. Download the Call for Proposal 2015 document for full details of how to apply.

All-Ireland Pollinator Symposium

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All-Ireland Pollinator Symposium

All-Ireland Pollinator Symposium

February 17th 2015

The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear about, and contribute to, the All-Ireland Pollinator Action Plan 2015-2020.

Venue: Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford

Time: 09:30hrs – 17:00hrs

Booking: www.biodiversityireland.ie/events or info@biodiversityireland.ie

Cost: €10 (lunch included)

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

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This symposium will explore the technical challenges involved in undertaking a national ecosystem assessment and ecosystem services mapping in Ireland.

Book online at http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/events/.