The word ‘biodiversity’ is coined from biological diversity, which, put simply, is another way of referring to the variety of life on the planet. Biodiversity is about the variety of plant and animal species and the interaction between them. It is this interaction that is essential for life, giving us all the things we need - clean air, water, agriculture, food and amenity.
Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It, therefore, underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being.
This listing of events has been compiled by Kildare County Council. All events listed here are free. Children are welcome but should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please dress suitably for the weather. Dogs must be on leads.
Irish Peatland Conservation Council
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) is a national charity based at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre. Their mission is to conserve a representative portion of Irish peatlands for people today and in the future. The local peatland habitats of Kildare are home to hundreds of different plants and animals, many of which are unique to bogs such as insect eating sundews, the snorkeling bog cottons and the threatened Curlew. IPCC’s work includes conservation, restoration, education and species monitoring. By joining the IPCC in their work monitoring species such as the butterfly survey on Lullymore West Bog or the National Hop To It Frog survey you can become a citizen scientist of Kildare.
Find out more by visiting www.ipcc.ie
Wild Kildare was established in 2017 with the aim of promoting, enhancing and protecting the wildlife and biodiversity of Co. Kildare. Wild Kildare is involved in a number of projects across the county such as: Dipper nest Box Scheme, Kildare Swift project and the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.
Wild Kildare members have contributed to and encouraged the recording of Kildare’s Biodiversity in conjunction with the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
Wild Kildare has developed some information booklets on various species in the county and organises a number of events during the year and are always seeking new members.
Visit their facebook page Wild Kildare for more information
Biodiversity Photographer of the Year
Are you an amateur photographer? Would you like to be in with a chance to win up to €500 in cash prizes? Then enter one of the Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competitions!
The IEN have two photography competitions underway. ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to the general public and ‘Young Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to secondary school students.
All entries must be taken in the month of May 2019 and submitted by the deadline of 31st May. For more information visit the National Biodiversity Week website for terms and conditions. http://biodiversityweek.ie/photo-competitions/terms-and-conditions/
This competition is not managed by Kildare County Council.
STEAM 2019 In County Kildare
Discover, Explore, Learn at your Local Library
This programme aims to create an environment to explore, test, engage, inspire and increase the uptake of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) subjects.
Kildare Library Service are conscious that STEAM subjects are at the heart of a very wide variety of professions and will be the skills future generations will need to take part in building the world of our future. These events have been organised by Kildare Library Service with the support of other organisations such as the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), North Kildare Beekeepers Association, Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC), Irish Wildlife Trust and The National Roads Design Office.
By encouraging parents and teachers to bring children to visit the library this programme raises an awareness of what the modern public library service has to offer them. The library is seen as a fun and welcoming place to visit where young people can avail of the opportunity to try new things and get involved in their local community. These demonstrations and are free of charge for primary schools and can be booked by contacting your local library.
To be informed of these and other events at your local library join the mailing list at www.kildare.ie/library or if you would like to hear about school events specifically please contact your local branch and ask to join the school mailing list.
For More Information Contact
Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer
Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, John Devoy Road, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, W91 X77F
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