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BATTLE FOR THE BAY,DOLLYMOUNT MAY 28TH 29TH 2016

A FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY SPACE EXPLORING THE NATURAL WONDERS OF DUBLIN BAY AT THE WATER SPORTS FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

CONNECT WITH NATURE TODAY AT THE BIODIVERSITY VILLAGE TO INSPIRE A POSITIVE FUTURE » Battle For The Bay

Dublin City Council Biodiversity presents the Biodiversity Village celebrating Biodiversity (variety of life on earth) in Dublin and the recognition that Dolly mount is situated in the UNESCO Dublin Bay Biosphere. Biospheres are places which are internationally recognised for their biodiversity value and are managed in a way to promote a balanced relationship between people and nature. Join a host of scientists, conservation volunteers and nature lovers to help you appreciate your special natural surroundings during the Kite surfing event.   Free Information to take home on wildlife, how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, the wonders of the oceans and site guides for North Bull Island will be available.  

“Beachcombing play” is an activity whereby children build sand sculptures and sand castles with marine litter, shells and flotsam based on the wildlife of Bull Island. Games with buckets show how you can conserve water like the Island’s   wetlands.  These play and games are inspired by the ethos of Surfrider Foundation Europe whose aim is to protect marine wildlife. 

Coast Watch Ireland volunteers and marine biologists will show you how to expertly identify seashells with a free seashell guide of Dublin Bay to take away. Be in for a prize to find the largest number of different sea shells (marine molluscs) around Dollymount.  


Marine biologists  from Marine Dimensions will guide you to explore the wonders of Dublin Bay with touch pools which contain live sea creatures, displays on marine life and “Seashore Detective”  activities on the shore.  

 
 

A team of ornithologists from  BirdWatch Ireland will host an interactive display on the Urban Birds of Dublin which include the iconic migratory Light Bellied Brent

Goose, the  misunderstood Gulls , the high flying Swift with its  memorable  summer sounds and  the brightly colourful  river birds like the Kingfisher, Dipper and Grey Wagtail.

Learn how to identify them and log your records as a citizen scientist. Join us on walks to the dunes to spot and hear Skylarks and Stonechats.

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust and find out about Irish marine fauna and the importance of Dublin Bay for wildlife.



Our very own “Crocodile Dundee” in the form of volunteers from the Herpetological Society of Ireland will show you native frogs and lizards and will enthral you with the wonders of reptiles and amphibians. No need to kiss a frog to become enchanted. Join them on a guided walk to the dunes to seek out these elusive creatures. 




 

Be inspired by “Leave no Trace” to enjoy the outdoors responsibly as you surf the waves and play on the beach. Visit their outdoor classroom and learn from expert trainers on   responsible camping, walking dogs, disposing of waste when you have no bins, being around wildlife, walking on trails and keeping safe in the great outdoors.   Learn about the time it takes for “stuff” to go back to nature. Participate in games, competitions and get a Leave no Trace certificate to proudly show your friends that you are a “ Kite Surfing Dublin Bay Biosphere Champion”


Links To Organisations Participating in The Biodiversity Village

Battle For The Bay 2016

Coastwatch 

www.coastwatch.org

Irish Wild Life Trust

www.iwt.ie

BirdWatch Ireland 

http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/

Leave No Trace  

http://www.leavenotraceireland.org/

Surfrider Foundation Europe 

www.surfrider.eu

www.facebook.com/pages/Surfrider-Foundation-Europe/41452575362

Herpetological Society Of Ireland 

https://thehsi.org/

Marine Dimensions

http://www.marinedimensions.ie/


 

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