The National Biodiversity Data Centre is looking for your help to track the effects of weather and climate change on wildlife in your locality.

Nature has many natural events that are influenced by the changing seasons. These natural events are familiar to anyone living in the country; budding leaves, the first flowers, creatures breeding in spring, the arrival of our summer migrants and so forth.

Farmers are very familiar with these events as they know their land and observe these events each season. We are seeking your help to let us know when you first observe some of these key natural events each year. With this information, we hope to be able to build up a biological record over time that will help us answer questions like:

  • What effect has recent weather had on wildlife?
  • How is climate change affecting timings in nature?

 

How can you help?

We would like you to report to us the first time each year that you observe some of nature’s seasonal events on your farm. We have put together a list of 8 natural events for you to observe. If you are interested in the initiative and want to partake, please visit our webpage on how to get involved.

By receiving reports of these events from across the country we are aiming to build a better understanding of climate change in Ireland and how it is affecting Ireland’s wildlife.

 

Blackthorn hedge in flower © Natural EnglandAllan Drewitt

 

Live Observation Map

1. Choose your species.

As observations are submitted throughout the year, the map below will become populated with more records over time. Visitors have the option, in the top right-hand corner the screen, of selecting the species or natural event they are most interested in and viewing where the first sightings of each have been reported from.

2. Slide through time.

Using the time slider in the bottom left hand corner you will be able to visibly see the the records submissions appearing throughout Ireland across the seasons. Look for any interesting patterns or potentially significant differences in the natural timing of events and species of interest.

None of your personal information will be disclosed to any third party, and the location of the sighting will only be shown on a small scale, national map. The purpose of the mapping is not to get details of the location, but rather to see if there are significant difference to timing of these natural events across the country when they are plotted on a national map.

 

Farmer’s Wildlife Calendar: Climate Tracker is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine