BioBlitz Event

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On Saturday the 8th June at 9.30 a.m. the Lord Mayor, Naoise Ó Muirí, will visit a BioBlitz event in the Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park.

The BioBlitz will take place over two days in two locations: 7th and 8th June in St. Anne’s Park and the North Bull Island Biosphere (Interpretative Centre).  BioBlitz aims to get people outdoors to explore nature and to discover the wide range of flora and fauna in their locality.

This is a challenge to Dubliners to identify and record as many species of flora and fauna as possible over a 24 hour period on both days. In order to help with recording and identification there will be guided walks, talks and activities. These will be organised by scientists from University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin and various experts from organisations such as the Irish Wildlife Trust, BirdWatch Ireland, Bat Conservation Ireland and the Irish Seal Sanctuary. During the event Dublin City Council will send records to the National Biodiversity Data Centre and a live online tally will be kept of the types of species found including plants, mammals, birds, insects and others.

There will be free activities, talks, displays and exhibitions each day for the public to illustrate the habitats and biodiversity at the two locations and to highlight the importance of flora and fauna in providing us with recreational activities.

St. Anne’s Farmers Market and the Red Stable Café will be open during the event.  Picnics are welcome in the area provided. Car parking is available at St. Anne’s Park.

Details of both events on - bit.ly/12BzZGA

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For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office

Niamh Ní Cholmain, Biodiversity Facilitator 

E: biodiversity@dublincity.ie  

    https://twitter.com/DubCityCouncil      www.facebook.com/DublinCityCouncil

Notes to the Editor:

BioBlitz is an annual national event over a 24-hour period aimed at raising biodiversity awareness for beginners and experts alike. The Red Stables in St Anne’s Park will be the headquarters for recording, scientific identification and announcement of the on-line species tally.  The tally will be announced to participants throughout the event as a way of encouraging all to continue to find species against the clock. Records have to be submitted by 5 pm on Saturday to be counted in the final tally.  

 

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