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National Biodiversity Week 2022 launched by Minister Noonan

Over 100 events are set to take place across the country as part of National Biodiversity Week 2022, which is coordinated by the Irish Environmental Network, funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and supported by the Heritage Council’s network.

The initiative, which takes place from place from Friday 13th May to Sunday 22nd May, aims to engage the public in a range of nature-related activities, including whale spotting, bat walks, dawn and dusk choruses, plant identification events, bioblitzes, and creating community wildlife gardens. The full programme is available on

National Biodiversity Week was launched by Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, the Irish Environmental Network’s Chief Operating Officer Justin Byrne, and Heritage Council CEO Virginia Teehan at Enniscoe House on the shores of Lough Conn in Co. Mayo today.

National Biodiversity Week is a great opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to get out into nature and learn how to make space for it in our own communities. It’s also a fantastic way of meeting new people and engaging with some of the brilliant organisations involved in biodiversity conservation around the country. I’d like to commend the Irish Environmental Network for coordinating such a diverse and interesting programme of events, not least those taking place in my own Constituency:

15/05 @ 04:30 - Dawn Chorus Walk @ Jenkinstown Wood 15/05 @ 20:45 - Bat Walk @ Kellsborough Mill, Kells (booking essential) 16/05 @ 21:00 - Bat Walk at Dusk @ Kilkenny Castle (booking essential) 19/05 @ 19:00 - Dusk Chorus @ Kilkenny Castle 22/05 @ 05:00 - Dawn Chorus @ Abbey Field, Callan

All info for both local and national events are available here: Calendar of Events – National Biodiversity Week 2020

(Photo: 'Duckling catching flies' by Biodiversity Photographer of the Year 2021, Darrell Arnone)


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