Getting Involved in Biodiversity in your neighbourhood

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Dublin City has plenty to offer for nature enthusiasts!
 
If you would like to get more involved in helping to promote biodiversity in your neighbourhood, we are interested to hear from you! Please email us at:
biodiversity@dublincity.ie
 
Hands-on activities
 
You can enjoy getting outdoors in nature and meet up with like-minded people throughout Dublin City by joining the Dublin Branch of Conservation Volunteers Ireland, who do projects in our City Parks to help nature conservation management.  See their website for details: 

If you would like to help out with projects at North Bull Island Biosphere, join the Bull Island Action Group.  Bull Island Action Group is an organisation that gets volunteers together to clean beaches and sand dunes on Dollymount Strand, the Bull Wall, parts of the causeway and the inner shore of North Bull Island. Bull Island Action Group meets on the third Saturday of every month, all year round. They always meet at the same time and place at the entrance to Dollymount Strand just past Royal Dublin Golf Club. Litter pickers, gloves and rubbish bags are provided. Dublin City Council provides a tractor and trailer to transport away the rubbish that is collected.  For more information contact Donal at:  bullislandactiongroup@gmail.com
 
The Irish Wildlife Trust has a  Dublin Branch and carry out hands-on activities and knowledge-building events. Go to:  http://iwt.ie/about-us/our-branches/dublin-branch/
 
Identifying and recording wildlife in the City
 
We are looking for people of all ages who would like to help with recording and observing local wildlife in particular.  This will help us to monitor flora and fauna and prevent loss and extinction in the City.  You will also learn a lot about your favourite wildlife!  There are many organisations who are doing this, and they all would welcome new members, including children, who can develop life-long hobbies. Please tell them you found out from the DCC website!

You can submit records for many different species to the National Biodiversity Data Centre – go to:  http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/biodiversity-data/submit-record/

They also have some very useful guides and reports for different species.

The Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club has been around since 1886 and have been identifying and recording wildlife all over the Dublin region and beyond. To find out about their upcoming events, go to: http://www.dnfc.net/

If you are keen to learn about plants, the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland holds events and prepares records on a county basis. For details, go to: http://www.bsbi.org.uk/ireland.html

If you’re interested in recording butterflies, you may like this app for mobile phones developed by the National Biodiversity Data Centre.  Go to: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.biodiversityireland.butterfly&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm9yZy5iaW9kaXZlcnNpdHlpcmVsYW5kLmJ1dHRlcmZseSJd

All the data you collect goes to Biodiversity Ireland and is made available to the public.  You can also provide records and join Butterfly Conservation Ireland to record butterflies and moths. Their website is:
http://www.butterflyconservation.ie/wordpress/?page_id=1978

If you want to help protect the Irish environment from invasive species, Inland Fisheries Ireland have developed an app you can use to identify and record them.  Go to:  http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Invasive-species-news/ifi-invasive-species-app.html All the data you collect goes to Inland Fisheries Ireland and they will respond immediately to any threats you have identified.

Recording birds in your garden helps us to track how they are doing and Birdwatch Ireland has a programme you can join in this: http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/Default.aspx?tabid=121  They also hold events in our parks and throughout Ireland to help people to learn more about birds.
 
We have bats throughout the city, and Bat Conservation Ireland runs public events to survey them every summer. See their website for more details: 

http://www.batconservationireland.org

We need more records for reptiles and amphibians in Dublin City, and you can help out by giving your records to the Herpetological Society of Ireland:
http://thehsi.org
 
Nature is all around the city, why not explore and learn more?

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