Island BioBlitz – What is it?

Oileán Thoraí (Tory Island) (Photo: Owen Clarke)

For the first time ever, the National Biodiversity Data Centre will be running an exciting Island BioBlitz; five of Ireland’s special off-shore islands competing in a race against time to see which island can record the most species over a 24 hour period on 11th – 12th June, 2016.

Island BioBlitz will see Cape Clear (Oileán Chléire), Bere Island (Oiléan Béarra), Inis Mór, Clare Island (Oileán Chliara) and Tory Island (Oileán Thoraí) competing against each other to see which island can record the most species and be crowned BioBlitz 2016 Champions.

Each island has assembled teams of recorders, national experts, specialists & other interested individuals, to join forces to identify and record the rich biological diversity of the islands. But this is not all about experts! Running alongside Island BioBiltz is a 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 off-shore islands. Make sure to put the date in your diary and join us for Island BioBlitz – it is the first time ever such a unique celebration of island wildlife has been organised.

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is an Initiative of the Heritage Council and is operated under a service level agreement by Compass Informatics. The data centre is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council.
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