17/05/16

Bioblitz, Inis Mór Wildlife festival with AranLIFE: 10-12 June 2016

It is Bioblitz time again, this year the National Biodiversity Data Centre is running an island Bioblitz between five offshore islands to see which can record the most species of wildlife over a 24-hour period.  Inis Mór is participating as one of the sites and will see a number of experts visit over the weekend of the 10-12th of June 2016.

AranLIFE will help the Data centre in running the overall event and the recording should reflect the wonderful range of species that exist in the farmed and coastal landscape of the island.  Running alongside Island BioBiltz will be the Island Wildlife Festival with a programme of events for everyone to join in, learn more about wildlife and just experience the special charm and qualities of our offshore islands.

The AranLIFE project team have put together a range of talks that cover the cultural and natural heritage of the island.  The project team have joined with all of the Aran Islands primary schools to celebrate the magnificent contribution farming makes in maintaining the rich wildlife associated with the islands which include plants, birds, butterflies and insects.  Part of the festival includes a walk with some of the farmers and the AranLIFE Project team to discover how the unique farming systems of the islands is responsible for creating the rich biodiversity and habitats of conservation importance on the islands.

Aran LIFE Scientific Officer Amanda Browne said; “Other events will include looking at the archaeology of the island with local experts Claire Cotter and Máirín Uí Fhatharta, a walk with Ronan Fitzpatrick to look at the Bees and Butterflies of the island and hopefully we will see the bumblebee that is only found on the Aran Islands known as the Aran Island Bumblebee. There will also be a Bat walk and a dawn chorus walk to record the bird species. If you don’t feel like walking there will be good visual displays in Halla Rónáin by AranLIFE, INFOMAR and CFT underwater photography exhibition.  INFOMAR will present the result of seabed mapping and show examples of species found off the coast of Inis Mór”.

On the Marine front, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will also hold a workshop on how to look for and identify different whale and dolphin species whilst Clean Coasts Officer for Galway Beckey-Finn Britton will be exploring the types of marine litter affecting Ireland and the impact it is having both locally and nationally and what individuals and communities can do to tackle this issue and protect our coastal environment.  This is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to experience the unique natural heritage of the island and help in recording the great range of species present.

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Further details regarding AranLIFE – which is funded under the EU’s LIFE programme, as well as the BioBlitz can be found at www.aranlife.ie or www.bioblitz.ie.

Contact details:

Amanda.browne1009@gmail.com, 083 1544832

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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