Celebrate nature this National Biodiversity Week!

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Ursula.Harper • 12 May 2022
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Event date 13 May 08:00 - 22 May 17:00 (Ongoing)


National Biodiversity Week 2022 is here!


Over 100 free events across the country!

We are delighted to announce the launch of National Biodiversity Week this Friday 13th May. This 10 day celebration of Ireland's nature and eco-systems will see events taking place all across the country, both online and off.

As well as daily events, you can take part in the Backyard Bioblitz online where we will have experts on hand to identify your finds. Get the whole family involved in the search for little critters, with our Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt sheets! Print at home or request postage by Sunday 15th.

This is also our 10th annual Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competition! We are thrilled to announce a special category and extra prize this year for Ocean Photography too! Open to all amateur photographers, deadline for submission is May 31st.

See below for further details, and we hope to see you there!



Events range from guided tours to spot whales and bats, to hands-on workshops for building community wildlife gardens. At both dawn and dusk, there are opportunities to bask in birdsong on guided walks across Ireland. There will be workshops so you can get to know your weeds or get your hands dirty while learning about composting. Webinars will cover the importance of biodiversity for human health, well-being and Irish culture, as well as what cross-sectoral economic measures can be taken to aid the life-supporting nature that surrounds us.

All this and more! For a full calendar of events see here: www.biodiversityweek.ie/events-calendar/

Use the tags and categories to explore by interest or county.

Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt

There are lots of things living in your garden and local parks or wild areas. Take part in the scavenger hunt to see what you can find. Will you be able to complete the hunt?

Look for animals and plants with the Wildlife Activity Sheet. See what you can find living around you! Then solve the puzzles on the back of sheet. Use the Sensory Activity Sheet to use your other senses to explore. Hunt out smells, textures and more! On the back of this sheet you can use chalks, paints or whatever you have at home to take bark rubbings and make your own nature crown.

Choose one, or pick and mix. Whichever you like! Both sheets are for all ages, so you can choose which would suit you best.

Download and print your Scavenger Hunt sheets at home, or request postage by Sunday May 15th.

Download here

We’d love to see your completed Scavenger Hunt and enter you into a draw for a prize! Post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with #BioHunt. Tag us on Twitter @IrishEnvNet or Instagram @national.biodiversity.week.