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Biodiversity Week

Biodiversity Week

22nd May 2018

 

‘The truth is: the natural world is changing and we are totally dependent on that world’. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it’ 

David Attenborough

 

 

 

 

We are delighted to celebrate Biodiversity Week in the Irish National Stud & Gardens as this is something which is very close to our hearts. We are quite aware that our expansive gardens and grounds form an important part of the local ecosystem. 

Not only that, but that by fostering and encouraging biodiversity on our site we can play our part in preserving and conserving a diverse range of species and a positive relationship with them. We’ve had great experiences welcoming our young visitors to explore and learn about the importance of all of the plants and animals that surround us. Biodiversity is the foundation for life and is about the variety of plant and animal species and the interaction between them. It is this interaction that is essential for life, giving us all the things we need – clean air, water, agriculture, food and amenity. 

 

The loss of habitat often presents the biggest threat to wildlife species and as a result in the Irish National Stud & Gardens we place an emphasis on enhancing the existing habitat to make wildlife welcome. We have been working very closely with Wildlife Management Services on a number of projects to ensure we provide the ideal habitats for mammals, birds and insect life (especially the bee). 

Some of our projects include:

  • Bug Hotel

 

  • Barn Owl Conservation

 

  • Duck Tubes

 

  • Mute Swan Project

 

  • Bird nesting boxes and bird surveys

 

  • Wildflower meadow

 

In order to celebrate Ireland’s National Biodiversity Week (19th-27th May), we will be posting information on each of these projects over the coming weeks and hopefully we can pass on some wonder and inspiration for your own gardens.

Keep an eye out for our specific events which will be launched in the next couple of weeks. 

 

 

 

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