Biodiversity and Health event on May 19, and Lisdoonvarna biodiversity photography competition

As part of the Irish National Biodiversity Week, Feasta was delighted to host two free events with a focus on biodiversity:

1. Biodiversity and Health: a presentation and discussion
Online event on May 19 at 8pm Irish time

Dr Liz Cullen took us on a quick tour of the reasons why biodiversity is so important to human health, the state of biodiversity in Ireland, the threats that it currently faces and how those threats could be overcome through changes in social and economic dynamics. Her talk was followed by a discussion.

About the presenter: Elizabeth Cullen is a long-time Feasta member and a medical doctor with a long-standing interest in the impact of the environment on health. Her PhD was on the impacts of climate change on health.

Read the event report (pdf)

2. Biodiversity photography competition for the Lisdoonvarna area
Online judging event on May 25 at 7pm Irish time

For 9 days in May Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns and Feasta hosted a photography competition for amateur budding photographers to kickstart our biodiversity audit of the town.

Winners were announced at on online judging event on May 25th at 7pm Irish time, during which host Theresa O’Donohoe also gave a presentation on Lisdoonvarna’s Biodiversity Plan.

Here are the three winning photos:

Under-18 winner: Bluebells in garden in Kilmoon, by Aedan Claes
Adult category winner: ‘Oh Honey BEEhave’ by Aisling Griffin, taken at the Spa Wells garden

Adult category runner-up: Gealbhan – Sparrow on our own outside lighting in Kilmoon, by Ireen Claes

Congratulations to the winners!

Biodiversity Week is organised by the Irish Environmental Network and supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Trust.

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