Biodiversity: Why it is important to us?

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Protecting the environment we inhabit is paramount in ensuring that our future is secure while still giving an opportunity to exploit the resources that are at our disposal. Read more about biodiversity

The Blackstairs Mountains

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This website is a collaboration between the Blackstairs Farming Group and Wild Carlow who in 2014 discovered a shared objective to raise awareness of the wealth of biodiversity in the Blackstairs region. The Wild Carlow Facebook page, the brainchild of wildlife photographer and ecologist Brian Power, shares beautiful images of flora and fauna taken by local wildlife photographers. The Blackstairs Farming Group received Agenda 21 funding to carry out a desktop biodiversity study of the Blackstairs region and to develop a Blackstairs Biodiversity website and Wild Carlow agreed to provide the images of the beautiful flora and fauna photographed here in the Blackstairs.

The Blackstairs is a striking mountain range which runs in a north south direction forming the border between counties Carlow and Wexford in south-east Ireland. The Blackstairs region includes the mountain range and its hinterlands spanning South Carlow, East Kilkenny and West Wexford. The area is rich in natural heritage and contains the Blackstairs Mountains SAC, the River Barrow & River Nore SAC (part) and the Slaney River Valley SAC (part). Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are prime wildlife areas designated under the EU Habitats Directive and considered to be important on a European as well as an Irish level.

Biodiversity Calendar

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Help Record Biodiversity

You can play your part in contributing to an ever growing record of the biodiversity that exists on the Blackstairs and in Ireland as a whole

Your observations of flora, fauna and the environments that they inhabit are a valuable resource that can be recorded in a database and studied. To find out how to be involved and how to submit information to the National Biodiversity Data Centre visit their Record Biodiversity page.

Contribute: Help Record Biodiversity

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You can play your part in contributing to an ever growing record of the biodiversity that exists on the Backstairs and in Ireland as a whole

Your observations of flora, fauna and the environments that they inhabit are a valuable resource that can be recorded in a database and studied. To find out how to be involved and how to submit information to the National Biodiversity Data Centre visit their Record Biodiversity page.

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