The Remarkable Ray of Dublin’s Ringsend

Ringsend in county Dublin was once a vibrant fishing village, located on the south bank of the River Liffey. Ringsend was colloquially known as “Raytown” due to the popularity of “Ringsend Ray” or stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca), in this article for Cordula Scherer describes the lost ray fishing history of Ringsend and how shifting baselines … Read more

Explore Your Shore! is looking for your stories and research of Ireland’s past marine biodiversity

Shifting baselines are one of the greatest challenges facing marine conservation. Each new generation accepts their natural world as ‘normal’ without the perspective of historical loss to guide their world view. ‘An Ebbing Tide…’ is asking people across Ireland to research or recount the past biodiversity of their local coastline and submit their stories, research … Read more

My Explorers Seashore Guide Work Book launched

Celebrating the United Nations International Day for biological diversity (22nd May), the Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme has published My Explorers Seashore Guide Work Book with support from the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Explore Your Shore! project, to raise awareness about our seashore’s marine biodiversity in Ireland. Congratulating the Explorers Education Programme on their collaboration … Read more

Seashore Splash!

From 16th to 24 May we are encouraging as many people as possible to submit records of marine species while on the shore taking exercise within the recommended travel distances under current government Covid19 Guidelines. And there’s a prize!! – two lucky recorders who submit records for our Seashore Splash! For more info click here.

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