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Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity

Each year, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity. From year to year, the theme focuses on another important area of biodiversity- this year, the focus is on the vital relationship between Water and Biodiversity.

Water and and aquatic habitats are significant resources for humanity and they must be protected accordingly. Mangroves and kelp forests protect us from tsunamis and storm surges, we derive a huge amount of our food from the sea and of course, without clean, healthy drinking water we would perish. The protection and promotion of clean waters, sustainable habitat protection and fishing is consequently hugely important.

That's why today, Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science ( is celebrating Biodiversity Day 2013. We're running several informative and fun events to mark the occasion, aimed at all ages. Primary schools will attend a biodiversity workshop in Kilbarry Nature Park, examining the aquatic habitat of the wetland there. In the evening, family groups will attend a lecture in the Copper Coast Geopark focusing on the changing landscape of Ireland- including our oceans. Finally, there will be an evening woodland walk exploring Irish mammals with special attention given to our aquatic mammals.

Booking information and a full schedule for the rest of the week is available at

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