Wildlife Weekend to celebrate Ireland’s natural heritage
The National Biodiversity Data Centre and The Heritage Council launched Ireland’s first-ever Wildlife Weekend today. The weekend will take place from 9-12 June.
Heritage Council Grant-Aided Projects 2015
In 2015, the Heritage Council offered grant assistance to the value of €547,000 to 197 fantastic heritage projects around the country. We've highlighted just 10 of those projects below to give you a flavour of the diverse...
New Children's Wildlife TV Series on RTE
Shutterbugs is a new ten part series for RTÁ‰jr combining wildlife, wild places, photography and adventure! The series is presented by wildlife expert and photography enthusiast John Lusby.
County Meath Heritage Plan Public Consultation August 2014
The County Meath Heritage Forum, facilitated by the Heritage Office of Meath County Council, is preparing its second Heritage Plan for the county and is looking for your views.
Get involved European Land Stewardship Week 26th September-5th October
Are you part of a conservation organisation, public agency, land-stewardship organisation, outdoors association, research centre, school, or youth association?
Call for Submissions & Photographs for The County Clare Biodiversity Plan
Clare County Council are seeking submissions and photographs from the public for The Draft Clare Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2017, currently on public display.
Spring Alive: tell us when you see a Swallow, Swift or Cuckoo
Our returning migrant birds are well on their way. Keep an eye out for your first Swallows, Swifts and Cuckoos of the year and let Spring Alive know when you see them.
New Bird Hide for Dundalk
The new bird hide at Lurgangreen will allow you to get up close and personal with more than 60 different types of birds.
Another Exciting Series of Living the Wildlife Starts Tuesday 18th March
Join Emmy Award winning cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson as he travels to the four corners of Ireland, meeting a host of interesting characters and fascinating species from the largest gathering of basking sharks off Malin Head...
Organise an Event for National Tree Week
National Tree week takes place from 2-8 March. The Tree Council of Ireland invites you to organise one or more events for the week.
Have your say in the Future of Donegal's Heritage
Donegal's new County Heritage Plan is currently being prepared. Anyone with an interest in the heritage of County Donegal is invited to make a submission.
Heritage Council urges Government to provide funding for community grants
At a briefing day today for members of the Oireachtas, the Heritage Council will outline the impact of deep budget cuts on the heritage sector and made a call for increased state investment in heritage.
Volunteers Wanted to promote Heritage Week in your County
Get involved and promote Heritage Week in your County by becoming a County Ambassador.
Special Pre-Publication offer on Bird Atlas 2007-2011
The Most Important British and Irish Bird Book for Decades is coming out this Autumn. Birdwatch Ireland have announced a great pre-publication offer.
New Bat Species Recorded in Ireland
We are very excited to hear of the discovery of a new bat species in Ireland, a male Greater Horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) as a result of an inspection of a building under our REPS4 traditional farm buildings grant....
Joint Research Call for Cultural Heritage Research by The Joint Heritage European Programme (JHEP)
The Joint Heritage European Programme (JHEP) has launched a Joint Research Call for Cultural Heritage Research. The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has allocated...
Life + Call for Proposals 2013
The Seventh LIFE+ call for proposals was published on 19 February, 2013, with up to €278 million available for co-financing of projects.
Sad Passing of Billy Colfer
Over the past weekend many of us were saddened to learn of the death of Dr Billy Colfer. Billy was a member of the Heritage Council from 2005 — 2010.
Rich Arts & Heritage Audio Content at Podcast.ie
A great new website has been set up at www.podcasts.ie which delivers high-quality, free audio content from Irish writers of poetry, prose and song as well as radio documentaries and story telling about Irish culture, heritage...
Heritage the most significant reason for visiting County Louth: New Report
This report presents the findings of the Co. Louth Visitor Survey 2012 conducted between June and August 2012. By far the most popular reason for visiting the county was to visit Heritage Sites at 18%.
BirdWatch Ireland warns of spread of garden bird disease
This winter, BirdWatch Ireland has seen an increase in reports of birds suffering from Trichomoniasis, with Greenfinches being the hardest hit. BirdWatch have some advice on how to prevent the spread of the disease.
Á‰amon De Buitléar: An appreciation of his contribution to the work of the Heritage Council
The passing of Á‰amon De Buitléar is greatly regretted by staff and members of the Heritage Council. Eamon was appointed to the first Board of the National Heritage Council in the early nineties.
The Fulbright Specialist Awards - Open for Applicants
The Fulbright Commission of Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from Irish institutions to bring a Fulbright Specialist to their institution for two to six weeks.
European Funding Call for Cultural Heritage Research Projects
The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, has allocated €100,000 towards this call for cultural heritage research projects.
Environmental Remote Sensing Role
This is a pre-call announcement. The 2.3 year contract will be based in Dublin and will form part of larger study (IdealHNV, funded by DAFM through the RSF) looking at the distribution of High Nature Value farmland habitats in...
Postdoctoral Researcher Ecologist: Sligo IT
The appointee will conduct research in the area of High Nature Value Farmland, with particular emphasis on ground truthing of remote sensing data; development of farm and field-scale decision support tools; socio-economic and...
Designation of New Marine Special Areas of Conservation
Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today proposed six new marine sites for designation as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) to protect marine habitats and species listed on the 1992 EU...
Soil Analyst Internship: Teagasc - Wexford
The intern will gain practical experience in execution of laboratory analyses using gas chromatography, preparation of soil samples for chemical and gas analyses using international standard methodologies.
Head of Ecological Assessment, National Parks & Wildlife Service - Dublin
The person appointed to the position of Head of Ecological Assessment will have a key responsibility for building relationships with Government Departments, State agencies, local government, infrastructure providers as well as...
Success for Irish Red Grouse on Boleybrack Mountain!
The recent annual survey of the Boleybrack Red Grouse Project counted at least 85 grouse on Boleybrack Mountain this autumn. This compares to only three calling Red Grouse males encountered when the project first started in 2007....
New Legislation regarding importation of Ash Wood
The Heritage Council is extremely concerned by the discovery of Ash Die Back Disease - 'Chalara fraxinea' in Ireland and welcomes efforts made to minimise the risk of further imports of infected ash products by the Dept. of...
Call to Submit Invasive Species Projects
Invasive Species Ireland are gathering information on projects around the country which are tackling invasive species. If you are currently undertaking a project, or have already completed one, the Heritage Council encourages you...
National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) Wins IRLOGI Award
The Centre, established by the Heritage Council has won the 'Business Case & Return on Investment' Award. NBDC delivers innovation in technology, data management and shared management services in a sector which is worth €6.4...
ICOMOS Ireland Amateur Photography Competition
To celebrate '2012: International Year of the Rural Landscape' ICOMOS Ireland invites you to submit a photograph of an Irish rural scene. 1st Prize €400!
Coordinated response needed to save Ireland’s breeding Curlews
BirdWatch Ireland surveys have shown that the breeding population of one of our nation’s most iconic birds, the Eurasian Curlew, has declined severely in recent years: there are now probably fewer than 200 nesting pairs left in...
EEA Photo-Story Competition: ImaginAIR
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is excited to announce its new photo story competition ImaginAIR, giving you a chance to show the impact of air in your part of Europe.
Going Live - New Wildlife Website for Ireland
Besides the rain, what do the largest and smallest land mammals have in common this summer in Ireland?
National Wetlands Study Survey
National Inventory of the Wetland Resources of Ireland, Birdwatch Ireland, with the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee and support from EPA STRIVE funding, has developed a short survey to capture key details of wetland studies...
NBDC launch On-line Data Submission Forms
If you're out and about and spot something of interest ... log on to the site and have it recorded!
Artist Highlights Endagered Irish Species through Glass
Aoife Quinn has just graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a BDes in Craft Design.
Annagh Marsh Fox Fence Success!
The fox fence at Annagh Marsh which was supported by the Heritage Council and Fiontar Chomhraic Teo is proving a great success!
irishenvironment.com - June 2012 Issue
The June issue of the online resource - Irish Environment has just been published with a new design which includes a search function, Blog, Twitter and Facebook.
Call to Protect Against Invasive Species
Help protect the Irish waterways by getting familiar with invasive species and by routinely inspecting and disinfecting equipment.
Going Wild in Roscommon! Two New Publications Launched
Two new Roscommon Biodiversity Publications launched during National Biodiversity Week.
Call for Abstracts - 2nd All Ireland Mammal Symposium
This is the first call for abstracts for oral presentations and posters for the 2nd All Ireland Mammal Symposium (AIMS2012) which will be held on the 26th & 27th October 2012 an the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland.
National Biodiversity Data Centre - Request for Tender
The Heritage Council is seeking a contractor to maintain the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
LIFE+ funding 2012 - Call for Applications
The EU has announced its call for applications for LIFE+ funding in 2012. There are three streams available: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance, LIFE+ Information and Communication.
Rhinoceros horns removed - Natural History Museum
Rhino horn has been stolen from exhibits in a number of museums over the last year. They will be replaced by replica horns.
Mapping biodiversity in your local area
Biodiversity Maps release
Irish pollen site database
New website at: www.ipol.ie
Ireland’s top wildlife experts celebrated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre
Distinguished Recorder 2011
Field Ecology Certificate and Diploma
Distance Learning Course, UCC
New Biodiversity Video
The National Biodiversity Data Centre has just published an informative video with lots of interesting facts and figures on Ireland's wildlife and biodiversity.
Appeal for records of long-eared owl and other nocturnal species
Please find a spare evening or two in the next few weeks to head out to your local woodland to have a listen for the fantastic sound of young owlets calling for food.
National Biodiversity Data Centre
Collating and sharing knowledge about Ireland’s diverse natural environment
Major new survey to map Ireland’s mammals
The National Biodiversity Data Centre launched a new Atlas of Irish Mammals survey which aims to map the distribution of all mammals found in Ireland and its territorial waters between now and 2015.
National Biodiversity Data Centre launches an Irish Pollinator Initiative
Pollination services provided by insects, mainly bees, are worth €153 billion a year, and are vital for the production of more than three-quarters of world crops. Bees are the most important pollinator of crops and native...
First Inventory of Ireland's Biodiversity Launched
National Biodiversity Data Centre
People and Their Place
New Burren 'movement' leads the way.
Economic and social benefits of heritage and culture can only be realised with astute management.
Identifying and Recording Ireland's Biodiversity
The National Biodiversity Data Centre and its partners are pleased to announce another exciting programme of training workshops and events for 2011.
Information on feeding wild birds
A little reminder to remember to feed the Wild / Garden Birds in the severe weather conditions that we are experiencing.
Detailed information can be found on www.BirdWatchIreland.ie
I would like to bring special attention to...
New Online Atlas of Freshwater Fish in Irish lakes
Do you want to know which lakes have Arctic Char, or what species have been recorded from each of the different lakes in County Cavan? By combining the Data Centre’s mapping technology and Inland Fisheries Ireland information on...
A Biodiversity Action Plan for Wexford County
We Want Your Views
Calls for Proposals from the European Commission
LIFE+ operating grants for European NGOs primarily active in the field of environmental protection
2020 Vision - Improving Ireland’s biodiversity knowledge base
Submissions on content invited
National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Annual Report for 2009
The National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Annual Report for 2009 is now available as a download from the Centre's website. This report highlights the main achievements of the Centre in 2009 and provides information on many of the...
Irish Wildlife Matters
High nature value farming case studies in north Connemara and the Aran Islands
Traditional extensive farming practices have helped to create the Irish landscape, as we know it today. Much of the natural and cultural heritage that we encounter in Ireland today is influenced by, or has evolved, in response to...
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Young Researchers Award
Call for Proposals
Irish Heritage Trust Launches New Learning Opportunities at Fota House
Fota Learning Zone creates a unique curriculum-linked experience for Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Students.
BirdWatch Ireland Appeal for your Summer Bird Sightings
BirdWatch Ireland is appealing to people across Ireland to send in their summer bird sightings to help with a landmark project, The Bird Atlas 2007-11.
Every sighting you send in from a Robin nesting in your garden shed to a...
PhD opportunity on High Nature Value Farming
"Halting biodiversity loss: the potential of high nature value (HNV) farmland in the north west of Ireland." Sligo Institute of Technology
Heritage Council launches research on awareness, understanding and impact of biodiversity
Awareness levels of biodiversity have not improved since 2007
Birdwatch Ireland’s Breeding Bird Atlas
EEAC writes to Environment Commissioner on biodiversity
The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) have written to the new European Commissioner for the Environment, calling for urgent action at EU level and inter-governmental level to halt the loss...
Death of an Irish born golden eagle chick in the Northwest
Statement from Cliona O’Brien, Wildlife Office, The Heritage Council
Current water shortages highlight critical role of biodiversity in provision of adequate, safe supply
As the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 is launched, Cliona O’Brien, Wildlife Officer at the Heritage Council examines the reality of biodiversity in Ireland.
Full colour quarterly magazine dealing with Irish Wildlife issues.
Ireland’s snails threatened with extinction
One third of Ireland’s snail, slug and bivalve fauna is under threat of extinction according to the recent Irish Red List.
Irish Seedsavers Association Website Launch
The new Irish Seed Savers Association website provides a wealth of information on cultivating heritage fruit and vegetables, preserving biodiversity, site visits and workshops.
Ireland's First National Biodiversity Mapping System Launched
Wednesday 20th May 2009: Ireland’s first National Biodiversity Mapping System was today launched by Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley, T.D.
Best Practice Guidelines for Habitat Survey in Ireland Consultation Questionnaire
The Heritage Council has recently commissioned Atkins (Ecology) to develop Best Practice Guidelines for Habitat Survey and Mapping in Ireland. The Heritage Council requests your input into the final content by Friday 6th March...
Barn Owl Research Project
A glimpse of the ghostly white form of a Barn Owl as it silently drifts over its foraging grounds at night is unfortunately a rare sight nowadays.