Guidance on biological recording and the COVID-19 pandemic issue by the National Biodiversity Data Centre

The recording and monitoring of biodiversity is an important activity providing both health benefits and enjoyment to many people. It also generates valuable scientific information which can be used to better understand and manage our environment. However, taking the necessary precautions to avoid contracting or helping the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is of paramount … Read more

A Periwinkle Pickle!

Did you know that there are two species of flat periwinkle? That they look almost identical to each other? That in many cases the only way to tell them apart is by dissection? Yikes! So what can we do to record them as best we can? Well, fortunately for us they prefer different zones on … Read more

Updates to Resources Page!

We’ve added new links on our resources page to the Welsh Museum’s excellent online guide to Bivalve shells. We’ve also added a section for Irish Marine Online Publications and a section on Marine Themed Resources for little Explorers!

Workshop: Big Beach Biodiversity Survey – Wicklow, 21 March 2020

Workshop Title: Big Beach Biodiversity Survey Workshop Leader: Dave Wall Venue: Scoil Mhuire Réalt na Mara, Ballinacarrig, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow. Eircode: (A67 XP71) Date: Saturday, 21st March Time: 10:00 – 15:00 (field work included) Audience: Beginner to intermediate recorders Fee: No cost but booking is required. Join the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council and the National Biodiversity Data … Read more

IWDG Stranding Network Meeting

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group have announced the next annual meeting of the IWDG Stranding Network will take place in February 2020. This event is free  IWDG members and to enthusiastic beach combers looking to join the group and the stranding network. The event will provide an opportunity for IWDG member to: Meet fellow … Read more

Call for volunteers to explore Irish coastal biodiversity

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is today launching a new marine citizen science project called ‘Explore Your Shore! The project focuses on recording intertidal and coastal marine plant and animal species, and building a network of active marine biodiversity recorders in Ireland. The records obtained will improve our knowledge of marine species distributions around the … Read more