International Biodiversity Day

This week long lead up to International Biodiversity Day, as part of 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, has everything from Dubliners combing the beaches to meet our coastal neighbors (with the Coastwatch Biodiversity Snapshot Project) to entering data into Ireland's National Biodiversity Databank. We'll also have mollusc identification classes, a 'State of the Salmon Address' and an exploration of biodiversity in Irish music. 



A chance for you to get involved and contribute to the Coastwatch Biodiversity Survey and the National Biodiversity Databank. We ask all coast walkers to record wildlife, threats to wildlife and collect items washed up on the beach to bring into Science Gallery so the experts can tell you a little more about our coastal neighbors. For further information including a request to book a stretch of shore to survey and special volunteer training session, contact Karin Dubsky Coastwatch Coordinator 086 8111 684, Book your survey form with instructions here




Science Gallery and Coastwatch celebrate International Biodiversity Day with a programme packed with mollusk identification workshops, salmon songs and research training sessions.



Create your own exhibition of Dublin Bay! Volunteers and members of the public are asked to bring in materials collected around Dublin Bay which will be arranged by geographic location of their place of discovery. As the display unfolds, visitors can see the range of habitats and species in the bay, and problem areas that could use some help. All data will be fed into Google maps to pin point where our aquatic neighbors make their homes.


13:00 - 15:00 WORKSHOPS

Learn how to contribute to the National Biodiversity Databank! Scientists and Science Gallery mediators will be on hand to show you how to input data into the Coastwatch biodiversity data base and be a part of the information collection process for Ireland's National Biodiversity Databank. A limited number of records and images can be added during the workshop, so if you've found something earlier in the week, make sure to send your findings in early to

Crying cockles and mussels, alive alive oh! This Mollusc Identification Workshop will be led by Linda Daniels, TCD Zoology Department and Coastwatch member, and will teach you how to identify Ireland's native molluscs from snails to scallops. Suitable for all ages.

14:30 Biodiversity in Music Led by Professor Deborah Kelleher, Head of Music at Ireland's Royal Academy of Music, musicians Ian Calder and Tanya Turner will serenade us with songs about Ireland's biological diversity in the Maths Chapel at Science Gallery.

Artist Katrin O Shea to lead biodiversity sketch workshop.

15:00 INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DAY: State of the Salmon Address

This event has something for everyone as we'll explore the iconographic image of the salmon in Irish culture from music and poems to a scientific evaluation of the current population and what actions are needed to make sure the salmon stick around. Chairman of the International Atlantic Salmon Research Board, Ken Whelan will give us an overview of salmon preservation while draft fisherman, Leo Boyle will give us the real life lowdown. 

Speakers and performers include:

For more information email Karin Dubsky of Coastwatch at or contact Science Gallery.




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