Celebrating Ireland’s National Biodiversity Week in Co Cavan

May 22, 2024

National Biodiversity Week is a special time in Ireland, a week dedicated to appreciating and understanding the rich tapestry of life that surrounds us. Here in County Cavan, we are so fortunate to be surrounding by stunning natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. From our lush woodlands and serene lakes to the vibrant wildlife that calls it home, Cavan is a treasure trove of biodiversity. This year, National Biodiversity takes place from 17th to 26th May. Here’s how you can immerse yourself in the wonders of nature during this special week and make the most out of the activities planned.


Discover local wildlife with the Backyard Bioblitz


One of the most engaging activities during National Biodiversity Week is the Backyard Bioblitz. This event invites everyone to become a citizen scientist, exploring their local environment to uncover the hidden flora and fauna that thrive in their gardens, parks, and waterways. It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature and learn about the different species that inhabit your surroundings.

To participate, simply snap photos of the plants, insects, birds, or any other wildlife you encounter. Post your photos on X (formerly Twitter) or Instagram with the hashtag #BackyardBioblitz and tag @IrishEnvNet or @national.biodiversity.week on Instagram. Experts and ecologists will be on hand to help identify your finds, providing insights and answering your questions. Additionally, by contributing your discoveries to the national database, you’ll be aiding in the conservation efforts that help protect Ireland’s biodiversity.

As a bonus, those who tag their posts will be entered into a draw to win an identification swatch from the National Biodiversity Data Centre, making this not only a fun and educational activity but a potentially rewarding one as well.


Engage in a Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt


For families and young explorers, the Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt is an excellent way to engage with nature. This activity is designed to be both educational and entertaining, perfect for a family outing or a solo adventure. The scavenger hunt sheets are tailored to fit into a 40-minute timeslot, making them ideal for short excursions into your garden, local park, or any green area.


There are two versions of the scavenger hunt sheets available: one for schoolyards with limited green space and another for more expansive school gardens. Both versions are suitable for home use as well. The goal is to find and identify various items listed on the sheets, such as specific plants, insects, and other wildlife. Completing the hunt not only offers a sense of accomplishment but also the chance to win a prize from the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

To enter the draw, share a photo of your completed scavenger hunt on Instagram tagging @national.biodiversity.week or on X tagging @IrishEnvNet, and use the hashtag #Biohunt. Entries must be submitted before May 26th, with winners announced the following week.


Capture nature’s beauty in the Photo Competition


For those with a keen eye and a passion for photography, the Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competition is a highlight of the week. This competition, open to all amateur photographers, seeks to capture the essence of Ireland’s rich biodiversity through the lens. Whether you prefer landscapes, close-ups of wildlife, or the delicate beauty of flora, this is your chance to showcase your talent and appreciation for nature.

Photographs must be taken during the month of May 2024 and submitted by midnight on the 31st. Each participant can submit up to five entries, and the winning images will be selected by a judging panel. The top prize is €500, with additional prizes for second and third place, as well as a special €400 prize for the best photograph in the Ocean Category, which focuses on marine life and shorelines.


Explore events across the country


Beyond these specific activities, National Biodiversity Week offers a plethora of events across Ireland. Depending on where you are in the country you might find guided nature walks, workshops, and talks that delve into various aspects of biodiversity. These events provide a deeper understanding of the local environment and the species that inhabit it.

To find out about events near you, visit the official events calendar (https://biodiversityweek.ie/events-calendar/). Whether you’re a seasoned naturalist or a curious beginner, there’s something for everyone.


Embrace Biodiversity Week

National Biodiversity Week is more than just a celebration; it’s a call to action to appreciate and protect the natural world. In County Cavan, with its rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes, the week offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, learn about the environment, and contribute to conservation efforts. So, get out there, participate in the activities, and discover the incredible diversity of life that makes our world so special.

Click on the link below to download National Biodiversity Week poster and get involved!