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CONNECT WITH NATURE TODAY AT THE BIODIVERSITY VILLAGE TO INSPIRE A POSITIVE FUTURE

A FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY SPACE EXPLORING THE NATURAL WONDERS OF DUBLIN BAY

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Dublin City Council Biodiversity presents the Biodiversity Village celebrating Biodiversity (variety of life on earth) in Dublin and the recognition that Dollymount is situated in the UNESCO Dublin Bay Biosphere. Biospheres are places which are internationally recognised for their biodiversity value and are managed in a way to promote a balanced relationship between people and nature. Join a host of scientists,conservation volunteers and nature lovers to help you appreciate your special natural surroundings during the Kite surfing event. Free Information to take home on wildlife, how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly , the wonders of the oceans and site guides for North Bull Island will be available.

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“Beachcombing play” inspired by the ethos of Surfrider Foundation Europe whose aim is to protect marine wildlife is a play activity whereby children build sand sculptures and sand castles with marine litter, shells and flotsam based on the wildlife of Bull Island. Games with buckets show how you can conserve water like the Island’s wetlands.
Coast Watch Ireland volunteers and marine biologists will show you how to expertly identify seashells with a free seashell guide of Dublin Bay to take away. Be in for a prize to find the largest number of different sea shells (marine molluscs) around Dollymount. Marine biologists from education experts Marine Dimensions will guide you to explore the wonders of Dublin Bay with touch pools which contain live sea creatures, displays on marine life and “Seashore Detective” activities on the shore.
A team of ornithologists from BirdWatch Ireland will host an interactive display on the Urban Birds of Dublin which amazingly include the iconic migratory Light Bellied Brent Goose , the misunderstood Gulls , the high flying Swift with its memorable summer sounds and the brightly colourful fast riverbirds like the Kingfisher, Dipper and Grey Wagtail. Learn how to identify them and log your records as a citizen scientist. Join us on walks to the dunes to spot and hear Skylarks and Stonechats. Join the Irish Wildlife Trust and find out about Irish marine fauna and the importance of Dublin Bay for wildlife.

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Our very own “Crocodile Dundee” in the form of volunteers from the Herpetological Society of Ireland will show you native frogs and lizards and will enthral you with the wonders of reptiles and amphibians. No need to kiss a frog to become enchanted. Join them on a guided walk to the dunes seek out these elusive creatures.
Be inspired by “Leave no Trace” to enjoy the outdoors responsibly as you surf the waves and play on the beach. Visit their outdoor classroom and learn from expert trainers on responsible camping , walking dogs , disposing of waste when you have no bins, being around wildlife , walking on trails and keeping safe in the great outdoors. Learn about the time it takes for “stuff” “ matter out of place” to go back to nature. Participate in games, competitions and get a Leave no Trace certificate to proudly show you friends that you are a Kite Surfing Dublin Bay Biosphere Champion.

“Beach Sculpture and Sam Dougados”
We are very proud to welcome in our Biodiversity Project the fantastic Artist Samuel Dougados, World Champion of Beach Art and Guest of Honour of the Battle for the Bay 2016. More info to come soon, lets see if you can find him on Dollymount beach! www.sam-dougados.com
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Dollymount, Ireland – 20th – 21st May 2017

WHERE

The event takes place on Dollymount Beach at Bull Island, Clontarf, Dublin 3. – Google Map

Wind conditions at Dollymount are generally very good, the beach is considered to be one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world! And is on the doorstep of Dublin’s city centre.

It is a magical spot with the beautiful surroundings of the nature reserve at Bull Island and the occasional flaming sunset colors. Shallow waters and 4 km of sandy beaches makes this spot a heaven for kitesurfers. Thanks to the local authorities and the action of IKSA, KItesurfing has been growing there in a very sustainable way and it is with great pride that we try to keep it like that! When the wind dies, Bull Island is the perfect heaven for Stand-up Paddle boarders, cruise around the island, surf the Ferry Wave or Explore the majestic Ireland ‘s Eye!

Keep safe and respect your environment! Please leave no trace.

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