There are many initiatives operating at the national and local level for the collection and mapping of observations of  Ireland’s biological diversity. Links to these initiatives are provided below.

The Data Centre is happy to promote and support these initatives as a diversity of recording initiatives with a specialised taxonomic or regional focus is desirable. To this end, the Data Centre endeavours to have an agreement in place with these initiatives to clarify data flow to avoid duplication. Those initiaties  whose data already contributes to the Centre’s mapping portal Biodiversity Maps are indicated with a √.

All-Ireland Irish taxonomic initiatives


Atlas of Irish Groundfish Trawl Surveys

Atlas of  Mammals in Ireland  √


Butterfly Ireland

Crop Wild Relatives


Ground Beetles of Ireland

Irish Basking Shark Initiative

Irish Birding Sightings

Irish Pollinator Initiative

Irish Rare Birds Committee

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Ladybirds of Ireland

LichenIreland – National Museum of Northern Ireland

Lichens of Ireland – √

MothsIreland     √

MolluscsIreland  √

National Invasive Species Database

National Parks and Wildlife Service – Maps and Data

Purse Search Ireland

Sponges of Britain & Ireland

The Golden Eagle Trust

Vascular Plants


Irish habitat & vegetation surveys

Wetland Surveys Ireland

National Vegetation Database √


British societies & schemes dealing with Irish data

Bees, Ants and Wasps Recording Society (BWARS)

Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland 

British Bryological Society

British Mycological Society

British Phycological Society

Hypogean Crustacea Recording Scheme

Marine Life Information Network

National Biodiversity Network Gateway (UK)


Regional or local biodiversity initiatives

Atlas of mammals, amphibians and reptiles of  Northern Ireland

Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland

Clare Branch – BirdWatch Ireland

Flora of County Waterford √

Irish Squirrel and Pine Marten Project

Lough Carra, Co. Mayo  √

Natural History of Sligo and Leitrim

Tolka Branch – BirdWatch Ireland

Mayo Branch – BirdWatch Ireland

Sligo Branch – BirdWatch Ireland

Waterford Branch – BirdWatch Ireland

Wexford Naturalists Field Club


Global mapping initiatives showing Irish data

Biodiversity Information System for Europe

BirdLife International Data Zone

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) √

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)