Howth Bioblitz 23-24th May 2014

Come and join in the fun !

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We are encouraging everyone to come to Howth next week, on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th to take part in Howth’s BioBlitz and learn more about the rich plant and animal life on the peninsula. Check out the timetable of free events at the end of the page.

Howth is one of four sites nationally chosen by the National Biodiversity Data Centre to host Ireland’s BioBlitz 2014. As part of this national event, scientists will gather to survey and record the rich biodiversity of Howth Head and Ireland’s Eye and will compete with other teams of scientists across Ireland at three other heritage sites (Derrynane, Co. Kerry, Clonbur/Cong Woodlands, Co. Galway and Glenarm Estate, Co. Antrim). The site which records the most species in a 24-hour period will be crowned Ireland’s Bioblitz Winners 2014.

On both Friday and Saturday there are many free events for all the family to explore the rich wildlife of the area. “This is a great opportunity to get involved and help record the rich biodiversity of Howth” said Deborah Tiernan, Fingal Biodiversity Officer. “It’s also an opportunity to learn more about wildlife by talking to the experts visiting Howth, or by attending one of the many special events taking place” she added.

We are grateful to Howth Castle which is hosting the event with BioBlitz HQ at the Deerpark, and to all the volunteer recorders coming to Howth to make the event possible. Howth BioBlitz builds on our work over many years to manage the Howth Special Amenity Area and its rich biodiversity by working with local representatives, residents, NGOs and experts on the Howth SAAO Management Committee. Ecologist Dr. Mary Tubridy who has worked on the SAAO Management Committee for many years will give a public lecture ‘Wild about Howth’ at the Deerpark on Friday evening kicking off a series of events that evening and on Saturday including a bat walk, dawn chorus event and much, much, more.