Wild life expert to visit Bull Island tomorrow on round-Ireland odyssey

Dublin City Council will welcome two special visitors to North Bull Island UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on Friday 25th August 2014. Dr. Liam Lysaght, Centre Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre, will visit the reserve after a 124km cycle from Dundalk, Co. Louth. It’s part of his month-long odyssey which will see him cycle 3,200km around Ireland’s coast to celebrate Ireland’s wildlife sites. 
Meriem Bouamrane, Coordinator of the UNESCO World Biosphere Network, is also visiting the island which is the only Biosphere in the world that lies entirely within a capital city. Ms. Bouamrane will be reviewing how the principles of UNESCO are being applied to the management of the Biosphere and getting a first-hand experience of what make the island such a special place.
Both will be met at 2pm by Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke and local volunteers who play a role in protecting its unique environment.
Lord Mayor Burke says “I am really looking forward to welcoming both Meriem and Liam to North Bull Island Biosphere. I am sure that it will be a highlight of Liam’s journey along Ireland’s coast to highlight the wonderful wildlife sites which enrich our entire island. I am particularly pleased that the local volunteers who play such an important role in preserving Bull Island will also be there to meet them and give their insights into what makes Bull Island so special.”
Dr. Lysaght says, ‘North Bull Island is well-known internationally for its wildlife – it has habitats and species of European and global importance.  It is amazing to have such a place in our capital city.  The National Biodiversity Data Centre wants to see people involved in recording what they observe in nature and sending us their records to help us to understand more.  We have a unique and special natural heritage – this tour presents a personalised perspective on some of what is special about Ireland’s wildlife and an attempt to share this experience with a wider audience.’
Dr. Lysaght cites close encounters with a Kerry natterjacktoad, sightings of a fin whale and a glimpse of the artistic skills of the Marsh Fritillary, Ireland’s only legally protected insect and a resident of the marsh at North Bull Island, as among highlights of his journey so far. He started his coastal odyssey from his base in Waterford on 1st August and will visit around 60 wildlife sites over the course of a clockwise journey around Ireland’s coast. He is due to finish his journey in Waterford on 31st August.
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For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, 
Liam Lysaght’s Tour Blogs are found at:   http://wildirelandtour.ie/
For more information on the North Bull Island UNESCO Biosphere, please visit:  www.dublincity.ie 
 
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