Dawn Chorus Heralds the Launch of the Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan

An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and Derek Mooney will switch on the sounds of the Dawn Chorus to launch the Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan on Wednesday, 20th April at 10:00 a.m. in the Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan 2015 - 2020 was approved by the Arts, Culture and Recreation Strategic Policy Committee in January 2016. The overarching aim of the plan is the conservation of biodiversity within the city which reflects the Strategic Objectives of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Plan (Actions for Biodiversity 2011-2016).

Speaking at the launch, an tArdmhéara said, “I am delighted to launch the Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan 2015 - 2020. This is a great resource for everyone to learn more about the wide variety of nature, wildlife and habitats around our fair city.

I also welcome the City Council’s collaboration with ‘Mooney Goes Wild’ and look forward to the many events that will take place for Biodiversity month, which begins with the Dawn Chorus on May 1st. Tá mé ag tnúth le ceiliúr na camhaoire a chloisteáil go moch ar maidin.”

RTÉ Radio 1’s The Dawn Chorus has become a radio phenomenon in Ireland. Every summer, for more than two decades, Derek Mooney and his Mooney Goes Wild team have broadcast the sounds of early morning birdsong into Irish homes on RTÉ Radio One, the main national radio station.

"It's a joy to team up with Dublin City Council. I think that it's really important that the Council has a biodiversity plan for its citizens” said Derek Mooney, “We are blessed in Dublin - we've got beautiful park lands, striking coastlines and we're only a short hop from the mountains. In each of those habitats, birds are present and I am delighted to share the sounds of early morning birdsong with you as part of the Dawn Chorus.”

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Notes to the Editor:

A copy of the Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan 2015 – 2020 can be found on http://bit.ly/BiodiversityActionPlan

For information on RTÉ Radio 1 Dawn Chorus, please go to http://www.rte.ie/radio1/mooney/generic/2016/0405/779666-ebu-dawn-chorus...

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