The National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Backyard Biodiversity Initiative

backyard biodiversity initiative

Backyard Biodiversity is an initiative ran by the National Biodiversity Data Centre. It aims at recording an array of wildlife found in gardens across the island of Ireland. An easy and fun experience for all the family!

Who is the Backyard Biodiversity Initiative for? Do I need to be an expert in wildlife ?

This family friendly survey encourages everyone to get outside and opens their eyes to find creatures in every nook and cranny of their gardens! What a great way to get active during this quarantine period!

The project focuses on 20 recognizable species. Butterflies, creepy crawlies, little mammals, foxes, garden birds… You already know a good few of them. It’s as simple as ticking the box!

Helpful for children and those new to wildlife recording, with a simple recording sheet, easy layout and great online resources.

And why not get all the bored kids in the estate involved as a common initiative? Social distancing can still be applied in this activity. This survey can be done in all the backgardens but also in the main meadow or common little green spaces.

Find out more about the Backyard Biodiversity Initiative

For more Information on Backyard Biodiversity Initiative and get the details of the beasts to survey, visit the National Biodiversity Data Centre website.
Download the recording sheet

The Cork Nature Network input

In light of this great initiative Cork Nature Networking are bringing out a series of posters to help identify all 20 of the species within Backyard Biodiversity plus more! Throughout the summer we’ll be posting these fantastic posters here on the Cork Nature Network website and on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages! These posters will range from common wildflowers to birds, insects and more!

What if I want to do more for biodiversity?

You can easily do more for biodiversity at your own scale by just applying those few tips to manage your little backyard or bigger garden and by following the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan!

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