The results are in and Glenarm Estate have been crowned BioBlitz 2014 champions.
Derrynane was a close second, Howth head third and Clonbur fourth. -
Howth Ireland is one of four sites nationally chosen by the National Biodiversity Data Centre to host Ireland’s BioBlitz 2014.
As part of this national event, scientists will gather to survey and record the rich biodiversity of Howth Head and Ireland’s Eye and will compete with other teams of scientists across Ireland at three other heritage sites (Derrynane, Co. Kerry, Clonbur/Cong Woodlands, Co. Galway and Glenarm Estate, Co. Antrim). The site which records the most species in a 24-hour period will be crowned Ireland’s Bioblitz Winners 2014.
On both Friday and Saturday there are many free events for all the family to explore the rich wildlife of the area. “This is a great opportunity to get involved and help record the rich biodiversity of Howth” said Deborah Tiernan, Fingal Biodiversity Officer. “It’s also an opportunity to learn more about wildlife by talking to the experts visiting Howth, or by attending one of the many special events taking place” she added.
A marvellous weekend is in store for nature lovers as Howth Ireland Bioblitz 2014 hits the Peninsula
The programme starts on Friday afternoon and the following events are planned.
FRIDAY, MAY 23RD
5PM. Butterflies in Howth; Walk and Talk. Meet in Deer Park HQ.
7PM. “Wild About Howth”. Lecture by ecologist Dr Mary Tubridy. Meet at Deer Park HQ
9.30pm. “Moths of Howth”.Walk and Talk. Meet at Deer Park HQ.
10,30pm. Bat Walk (Adults only). Meet in Deer Park Cark Park.
SATURDAY, MAY 24TH
4.30am. Dawn Chorus (Adults only) Meet in Deer Park
9am, 11am and 2pm. Trip Around the Bay. Meet at East Pier Lighthouse. Join the IWDG as they try to spot dolphins and other species. Weather dependant. Takes 2 hours. Booking essential.
10am. Wildflower Walk. Join Howth Pathways groups as they join up with botanical expert, James Breen, on a walk with a difference. 3 – 4 hours. Walking boots essential. Adults only. Meet at Summit Car Park.
10am – 12noon. “Marine Touchpool”.at Deer Park HQ. Get a close-up view of some of our rocky shore plants and animals in our very own Touchpool.
10am-12noon. “OWLS” Childrens Club. Looking under stones and walls for creatures large and small. Meet in Deer Park Car Park. Booking essential.
12 noon. Introduction to Newts. Meet in Deer Park Hotel HQ.
1.30pm – 3pm. Insects, Amphibians and Mammals of Howth. Take a walk through the woods with William Carr to look at our native Red Squirrel and other wonderful things. Meet in Deer Park Car Park. Booking essential.
1pm. Cliff Top Bird Walk. Join members of Birdwatch Ireland as they show you all the amazing coastal birds of Howth. Bring binoculars if you have them. Walking footwear essential. Meet at Balscadden Car Park.
1.30pm. Meet the Goats. Join our goatherder Marion Kelly and walk through the heathland to meet our resident eco-mowers. Meet at Deer Park Car Park.
1pm – 3pm. Marine Safari. Explore our rocky seashore. Meet at Howth Dart Station.
To follow is a pictorial brochure of all that is planned, all that is left to be said is ENJOY!