Nature and Biodiversity in Dublin City
Biodiversity is found all over Dublin city - along the coastline; in our rivers, canals and embankments; in public parks, graveyards and open spaces; along roadsides, railway tracks and footpaths; and in residential greens, private gardens, walls and buildings.
What is biodiversity?
Biological diversity or biodiversity is the variety of all living things on Earth (plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms) and the interactions between organisms and ecosystems. It includes all aspects of nature and how they are interdependent.
Biodiversity provides us with essential services like food, medicine, clean water and air and a means of combating the negative effects of Climate Change and flooding. In a city, biodiversity provides us with a breath of fresh air and a natural environment in which to relax; it is vital for our well-being.
Biodiversity in Dublin
Biodiversity includes you too and Dublin City Council wants to help you to experience, understand and preserve our city's biodiversity.
Dublin City Council are committed to preserving the city’s biodiversity. Read the Dublin City Biodiversity Action Plan 2021-2025.
For more information on special conservation areas in Dublin City please visit the National Parks & Wildlife Service.
How can I experience Dublin city's biodiversity?
Wildlife is found all over Dublin city - along the coastline, in our rivers and canals and the places where they meet land, in public parks, graveyards, open spaces, along roadsides, railway tracks and footpaths, and in residential greens, private gardens, walls and buildings. How all of this wildlife interacts makes up the city’s biodiversity.
You can enjoy Dublin City’s biodiversity by visiting it's parks and open spaces as well as it special areas for biodiversity, including:
Or why not explore the city’s Native Tree Trails and find out more about the historic woodlands of St Anne’s, Bushy and Tolka Valley parks.
Want to find out more?
To find out more about Dublin City's biodiversity and how you can help to preserve it, why not get in touch or attend one of our biodiversity-related events.
If you are interested in promoting the ecological, cultural, and educational values of North Bull Island to fellow visitors, then our North Bull Island Volunteer Programme could be right for you. Keep an eye on the North Bull Island page to find out when and how to apply.