Dalkey Seal in Dublin Bay, Source: Nigel Motyer, Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership

Dublin Bay Biosphere new website launched

Dublin Bay Biosphere new website launched

Visitors can not only get acquainted with this meeting place of nature and culture but learn how to help protect it

The Dublin Bay Biosphere partnership has launched a new website dedicated to the UNESCO designated biosphere. The website which is packed full of content and easy to navigate offers a first-hand information about the rich history and exciting wildlife of this special area right on the doorstep of the Irish capital.

Through the new website, visitors of all ages can get acquainted with the Biosphere attractions such as the Ireland’s National Maritime Museum, Dublin Zoo and the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. They can keep updated about the local festivals and events and discover activities on offer within the Biosphere, from informative interpretive walks to water sport adventures.

And, importantly, the website invites people to learn how they can help protect this internationally recognised biosphere by participating in the Citizen Science programme, becoming a volunteer or, for researchers and policymakers – joining the Dublin Bay Biosphere Research Network.

Where nature and culture meet

Biospheres shouldn’t be confused with nature reserves – they are recognised for their biological diversity yet also actively managed by communities, NGOs and local and national governments to promote a balanced relationship between people and nature. Initially UNESCO’s concept of a Biosphere included just areas of ecological value but later was expanded to include also the surrounding areas and communities in order to support their sustainable development.

In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay, a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea,  by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. Designation areas have been extended since, covering much of Dublin Bay, to ensure the protection of its water quality and biodiversity.

Six organisations make up the ublin Bay Biosphere partnership: Dublin Port Authority, Failte Ireland, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council. Among the current priorities of the partnership are its Conservation and Research Strategy, Sustainable Business Development Programme and Education Programme.

Whether you’re a nature lover, foodie, history nut, art aficionado, sports fiend or a night owl, all are catered for within the Dublin Bay Biosphere - an awesome playground, fringed with coastal gems, from castles and cliffs to beaches and restaurants, the new website proclaims. And, should you find this virtual appetizer appealing, you can plan to see this magic place in the best possible way – with your own eyes.



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