The Galway Buzz
Become a biodiversity champion!
Many people enjoy watching nature while in their gardens and out for a walk. If you are one of them, how about recording any plants or animals that you can identify and sending your records to the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/record-biodiversity/?
These records can be used to monitor species that are declining or increasing, the impacts of climate change, the conservation status of the natural world etc. The data collected by the National Biodiversity Data Centre can be used to guide land management and policy decisions, stimulate research, and educate both children and adults about the natural world and its importance to our environment, health and well-being.
Even if you only know a few plants like bluebells or cowslips, or animals such as red squirrel, painted lady butterflies or cuckoos, your records are of value. For those of you with some knowledge and expertise in plants, insects, birds or mammals, your records are invaluable to help monitor our rare species, track species declines and record unusual events.
People can record plants and animals through the Citizen Science Portal on the NBDC website https://records.biodiversityireland.ie/ or by using their user-friendly and free Biodiversity Data Capture App for smartphones.
Alternatively you can record particular plants and animals on the NBDC ‘Backyard Biodiversity‘ page https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/additional-survey-schemes/backyard-biodiversity/ which records species found in gardens. This initiative is seeking sightings of 20 recognisable species that can be found in urban and rural gardens, and is focused on those people who are new to biodiversity recording.
Become a biodiversity champion and get recording!