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Ireland has a rich natural heritage – from the sandbanks of the Shannon Estuary to the fens of Monaghan… from the natterjack toad to the Atlantic salmon… from the Killarney fern to the freshwater pearl mussel.

News Archive

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.[more]

Shackleton's Cabin Conservation & InterpretationRed Grouse Conservation ProjectStrokestown House Great Famine Archive ProjectBovinda Sea TrialsTemplecrone Church Conservation PlanDerry Walls Heritage Education ProjectSwift Conservation ProjectElphin Windmill Community Resource Development Project

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...[more]

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.[more]

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.[more]

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?[more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

Adult Gooseander about to fly from nest Box

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...[more]

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.[more]

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.[more]

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. [more]

Volunteers Wanted to promote Heritage Week in your County

Get involved and promote Heritage Week in your County by becoming a County Ambassador.[more]

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.[more]

Greater Horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum)

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....[more]

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...[more]

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.[more]

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.[more]

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...[more]

Castle Roche, Co. Louth.

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%. [more]

Greenfinch showing signs of Trichomoniasis: note its ragged appearance and the matted feathers on its face (Photo: Cóilín MacLochlainn)

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.[more]

Eamoin de Buitléar, courtesy NUI Galway.

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.[more]

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.[more]

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.[more]

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...[more]

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...[more]

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...[more]

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. [more]

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...[more]

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....[more]

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...[more]

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...[more]

The Award Presentation: (left to right) Liam Lysaght, Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre; Naomi Kingston, Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Cliona O’Brien, the Heritage Council and Andy Day, Compass Informatics.

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...[more]

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![more]

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...[more]

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.[more]

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?[more]

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...[more]

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![more]

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.[more]

Adult Lawping (Scotland), photo John Carey.Lawping chicks in nest at Annagh Marsh, photo Paul Troake.

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![more]

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. [more]

Call to Protect Against Invasive Species

Help protect the Irish waterways by getting familiar with invasive species and by routinely inspecting and disinfecting equipment.[more]

Going Wild in Roscommon! Two New Publications Launched

Two new Roscommon Biodiversity Publications launched during National Biodiversity Week.[more]

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. [more]

National Biodiversity Data Centre - Request for Tender

The Heritage Council is seeking a contractor to maintain the National Biodiversity Data Centre.[more]

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. [more]

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.[more]

Mapping biodiversity in your local area

Biodiversity Maps release[more]

Irish pollen site database

New website at: www.ipol.ie[more]

Mr Michael Starrett (CEO, Heritage Council), Dr Roy Anderson, Dr Tina Aughney, Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn (Chair, NBDC Management Board)

Ireland’s top wildlife experts celebrated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Distinguished Recorder 2011[more]

Field Ecology Certificate and Diploma

Distance Learning Course, UCC[more]

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.[more]

Robert Smith (rspb-images.com)Steve Knell (rspb-images.com)

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.[more]

National Biodiversity Data Centre

Collating and sharing knowledge about Ireland’s diverse natural environment[more]

All photographs by Edward W. Delaney ©

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.[more]

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...[more]

Conor Newman (Heritage Council), Dr Liam Lysaght (Data Centre), Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Dr Mary Kelly Quinn (UCD)

First Inventory of Ireland's Biodiversity Launched

National Biodiversity Data Centre[more]

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.[more]

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.[more]

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...[more]

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...[more]

A Biodiversity Action Plan for Wexford County

We Want Your Views[more]

Calls for Proposals from the European Commission

LIFE+ operating grants for European NGOs primarily active in the field of environmental protection[more]

2020 Vision - Improving Ireland’s biodiversity knowledge base

Submissions on content invited[more]

Visit the Centre's website at http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/downloads/annual-reports/ to download the report.

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...[more]

Irish Wildlife Matters

Website launch[more]

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...[more]

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Young Researchers Award

Call for Proposals[more]

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.[more]

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...[more]

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[more]

Heritage Council launches research on awareness, understanding and impact of biodiversity

Awareness levels of biodiversity have not improved since 2007 [more]

Birdwatch Ireland’s Breeding Bird Atlas

'Roving Records'[more]

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...[more]

Death of an Irish born golden eagle chick in the Northwest

Statement from Cliona O’Brien, Wildlife Office, The Heritage Council[more]

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.[more]

Irish Wildlife magazine

Irish Wildlife

Full colour quarterly magazine dealing with Irish Wildlife issues.[more]

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.[more]

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.[more]

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. [more]

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...[more]

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. [more]