Dive for Island Bioblitz

May 18 2016 Posted by Office Administraton

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) an

© George Karbus / Red Bull Illume

© George Karbus / Red Bull Illume

d 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.

Diving on the islands will be organised by Martin Kiely on Inis Mór, Cork SAC on Bear Island (committee@corksac.info) and Tony O’Callaghan on Clare Island (seasearchireland@gmail.com), while anyone interested in acting as diving coordinator for Tory or Cape Clear can contact either Seasearch Ireland or the Island coordinators directly.

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