About Us


What does Cork Nature Network ?


Mission statement

Protecting and promoting Ireland’s Wildlife through education, conservation, and research, to restore a healthy ecosystem for all species and peoples of Ireland.

Aim of Cork Nature Network

The aim of Cork Nature Network is to benefit the community of Ireland by:

  1. promoting and encouraging the conservation of wildlife and habitats
  2. educating and increasing the awareness of the need for conservation

Relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #13, #14 and #15 are closely linked to our work. Each goal is detailed in more precise targets. The most relevant to our aim are the following:

      • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
      • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
      • 13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
      • 14.1 By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
      • 14.4 By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
      • 14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
      • 15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements 
      • 15.5 Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species 
      • 15.9 By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts

Our actions

Our work is national focused.

Find out more about our next events and ongoing major projects

Our Ethos

  • We endorse the importance of protecting and conserving the natural environment.
  • We recognize and value the importance of volunteers.
  • We believe everyone can make a difference.

If you are interested in getting involved, please consult our “Support us” page.

Partners and network

Cork Nature Network is a member of national and local bodies. We regularly assist SWAN in their national campaigns and regularly attend training at the Wheel events.

At a local level, we work in partnership with Skibbereen Tidy Town and Cork Green Spaces.


Governance of Cork Nature Network


  • Cork Nature Network is a Registered Company Limited by Guarantee. It’s a not-for-profit organisation. It was established in 2015 by an experienced and enthusiastic team. It is wholly run by volunteers.

  • Cork Nature Network complies with the Charities Governance Code. Document reference number CE CDE 8.2.1.

    Cork Nature Network operates through a management team that comprises active members. There are also Directors responsible for the operation of the organisation.

    Current Directors

    • Gill Weyman
    • Valerie Soma
    • Brian McElligott
    • Will O’Leary
    • Tara O’Donoghue
    • Helena Gavin
    • Harm Deenen
  • You can download our last annual report by clicking on the link below.

    Annual-Report-Cork Nature Network 2018

    You can also download our previous annual reports

    Annual Review 2017

    Annual Review 2016

Company No. 560881 CHY 21602 Charitable No. RCN.20103200
Company limited by guarantee registered under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014
Cork Nature Network © 2020
Photos : David J Sullivan, Isobel Abbott, unless specified otherwise