National Biodiversity Week

We are already half way through Ireland’s biodiversity week, and computer issues and work have meant that I am only now getting around post about it. Biodiversity Week, which runs from 17th to the 27th May 2018, aims to celebrate all of Ireland’s wonderful biodiversity and looks at connecting people with nature. There are lots of events, walls, talks and workshops.

There are many simple things you can do to connect with nature in your own garden. Since starting my garden here 13 years ago, one of my main aims has been to increase biodiversity.

Here are some of my tips.

  • Plant trees. Fruit trees are a great option as they provide spring blossom for many pollinators and of course fruit later in the season.
Green veined white on apple blossom

Green veined white on apple blossom

  • Plant flowers. I love native wildflowers and have flowers meadows as well as including wild flowers in my flowers beds and vegetable patch.

Meadow

  • Plant a hedge. We have blackbirds, and dunnocks nesting in our hedge this year.
hedge with climbing rose

hedge with climbing rose

  • Dig a pond. Ponds attract frogs, newts and many aquatic insects including amazing dragonflies.
Frogs in pond

Frogs in pond

  • Put up some bird, bat and solitary bee boxes.
bee box

bee box

  • Get involved in some citizen science Programmes.  This week the National Biodiversity Data Centre are encouraging everyone to send in their butterfly records.

Enjoy nature!

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “National Biodiversity Week

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Yes my husband and the children made it. Just a bird box plan left open and filled with whatever hollow sticks you may have in the garden. We added some mesh as stick where inclined to fall out.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      That’s what I hope. At present we have four bird pairs nesting on our house alone. Starlings at each end, a swallow on the gable end and a wren who has adapted last year’s swallow nest for its own purpose!

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  1. Leya

    Very good tips – I try as well, but I guess I am not as organized as you. ..I have 4 bird couples at least nesting here now, and this year I have concentrated on buying more plants attractive to butterflies and bees. Two of our fruit trees are dying, so we also planted a new cherry tree. It is good to think of helping out – while enjoying their presence!

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  2. dust4y

    I must admit that I hadn’t thought of a bat box & how brilliant to have 4 nesting pairs of birds. We had Great Tits nesting in a box which was waiting to be put up last year but not this year. Must do some more.

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