National Biodiversity Week
You're probably aware that May is the month of RTÉ Goes Wild, and your national broadcaster has lined up an array of radio and television output, celebrating Ireland's wildlife!
Amongst other things, the final episode of Secrets of the Irish Landscape, presented by Derek Mooney, will be broadcast this Sunday, May 19, at 18:30. Derek follows in the footsteps of Ireland's greatest environmentalist, Robert Lloyd Praeger.
To find out more about RTÉ Goes Wild, visit www.rte.ie/tv/rtegoeswild.
Derek will also be involved in another show, next Friday, May 24th, entitled "Bio Blitz".
The event will be held at four locations; Wicklow Mountains National Park, Co. Wicklow, Burren National Park, Co. Clare, Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon and Colebrooke Estate, Co. Fermanagh.The four sites will compete to record the most species of wildlife over a 24-hour period. There will also be a programme of activities at each site running in conjunction with BioBlitz for anyone interested in wildlife to attend and join in the recording activity.
For more information about the BioBlitz, visit http://bioblitz.biodiversityireland.ie/.
And quite apart from RTÉ Goes Wild, over the month of May, next week is also National Biodiversity Week, a week designed to give people the opportunity to really celebrate and learn more about our native plant and animal species. And also, to find out about how we, as communities, interact with our environment.
National Biodiversity Week starts off tomorrow, Saturday May 18th, and runs until the following Sunday May 26th! There are over 70 free and exciting events happening around Ireland, in all kinds of locations: mountains, forests, bogs and beaches.
Events such as the ‘Annual Dawn Chorus Walk’, the ‘Native Species Weekend at Dublin Zoo’ and a ‘Biodiversity Experience’ at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre have been organised.
Richard, Eanna and Terry have been taking a look at what's happening, and join Olan in studio to chat through some of their favourite events...
Visit http://ien.ie/bw13/events/ to find out what's happening in your area!