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Over 270 Free events for Biodiversity Week!

    National Biodiversity Week Starts Tomorrow! Over 270 Free Events Nationwide!   Explore the rich variety of life in Ireland this May with a host of wonderful events and activities for the whole family. From workshops and walks, exhibitions, competitions and talks.   Below we’ve outlined what’s happening for the week, and also a snapshot of some of the IEN team’s favourite events for the week!     Over 270 Free Events!   Find an event in your county or search by topic on our events calendar here:   Photo Competition   We are holding our 12th annual Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competition!   We are looking for photos that celebrate Ireland’s rich web of life. Open to all amateur photographers, with prizes of up to €500, this competition is always one of the highlights for us at the IEN. We can’t wait to see what you find this May!   We are delighted to once again be collaborating with Fair Seas Ireland who are sponsoring the Ocean Category!   Are you a scuba diver or a beach walker? We’d love to see what wildlife you can find in our marine habitat.   Deadline for submissions is May 31st, so get snapping!   Full details for the competition can be viewed here.       Backyard Bioblitz   Explore your garden, your park, your local mountain trails, your beaches, and show us what you find!   Biodiversity specialists are on hand throughout the week to identify your finds.   Simply tag us on Instagram or Twitter and use #BackyardBioblitz and we’ll ID your photos.   The Irish Peatland Conservation Council and the Biodiversity Week team of the Irish Environmental Network are on hand throughout the week to help!       Scavenger Hunt   Download our Scavenger Hunt sheets and take part in your local area!   These sheets are designed for primary school age children, and encourage use of all the senses to complete the hunt.   Post a photo of your completed hunt on Instagram or Twitter and you’ll be entered into a draw to win an identification swatch from the National Biodiversity Data Centre! Use #BioHunt to enter!   Find us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook Use Instagram and Twitter with either #BackyardBioblitz or #Biohunt to take part.         Here’s an overview of some of the IEN team’s favourite upcoming events!   Follow the links to read more on each event. Book your place now to attend!         Friday 17th   Leitrim   1pm at the Organic Centre:Introduction to Agroforestry and tour with Phil   Dublin   7pm, Skerries: Hedge Walk with Hedgerows Ireland   Meath   9.30pm, Navan: Bat Walk   Saturday 18th   Leitrim   11am at the Organic Centre: Fresh Water River Survey   Kilkenny   4pm: Robins Glen Farm Biodiversity Walk   Kildare   11am or 2pm, Celbridge: Hedge Walk with Hedgerows Ireland   Sunday 19th   Offaly   4.30am, Lough Boora: Dawn Chorus Walk   Galway   10am – 4pm: CELT Open Day, with a special focus on forestry. Includes a Woodland Walk in the Great Forest of Aughty.     Laois   3pm, Abbeyleix: An Afternoon Getting to Know the Pine Marten     Monday 20th   Sligo   7am, Doorly Park: Morning Bird Walk with Michael Bell   Clare   10am, Clarecastle: Planting a Traditional Orchard with Irish Seed Savers   Wicklow   3pm, Knocksink: Irish Wildlife Trust, People for the Bees at Knocksink Woods   Tuesday 21st   Longford   11am, Ballymahon: Biodiversity Talk with Longford Biodiversity Officer   Clare   2pm, Corofin: Burren Field Trip   Westmeath   6.30pm, Mullingar: Crann Guided Canal Walk   Wednesday 22nd   Laois   2pm: Meredith’s Farm Biodiversity Walk   Online   7.30pm: Gardening for Bats   Waterford   8.30pm, along the Waterford Greenway: Bat Walk with Irish Wildlife Trust     Thursday 23rd   Cork   5.30pm, Cork City: Wildlife on the Steps & Quays of the City   Limerick   7pm, Ballyhoura: Griston Bog Biodiversity Walk and Talk   Cavan   7.30pm, Kilconny: Ireland’s Amazing Biodiversity, with Éanna Ní Lamhna   Friday 24th   Kerry   10am, Tralee: Irish Ocean Literacy Network Regional Meeting   Leitrim   12pm, Rossinver: The Threat of Fireblight to our Hedgerows and What We Can Do   Cork   7pm, Bantry: Conversation with Elected Leaders on Politics, Farming and Biodiversity     Saturday 25th   Meath   10.30am, Drewstown Great: Guided Biodiversity Walk at Girley Bog   Dublin   10.30am – 3.30pm, Donnybrook: The Grove, Celebrating Our Urban Biodiversity. A full day of workshops including wildlife photography, family workshops, children’s woodland yoga and stories, and afternoon art.   Tipperary   2pm: Family Event – Exploring Biodiversity and Nature Crafting     Sunday 26th   Donegal   11am: OURganic Gardens Farm Biodiversity Walk   Cork   11am, Tramore Valley: Bike-O-Diversity Meets Biodiversity   Galway   1.40pm: Celebrating Biodiversity Week 2024 at the Slieve Aughty Centre. Exploring the benefits of trees and biodiversity for all.   Search for more categories like Whale Watching (events throughout the country on Saturday 18th), Wheelchair accessible, Online/At Home events, Gardening and more!   You can share photos of your time at any event with us by using #BiodiversityWeek2024.     We hope you get to join in the fun and enjoy Biodiversity Week! Together we can share knowledge, take action, and make a big difference for wildlife and habitats in Ireland.   Enjoy! From the Biodiversity Week Team at the IEN    
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