News 2014

Intervarsity BioBlitz launched

1 Apr 2014

On May 1st & 2nd Ireland's first Intervarsity BioBlitz will be held! Over 24hrs UCC, DCU, TCD, UL, NUIG, GMIT and Dundalk IT will battle to decide which campus is the most biodiverse in Ireland! 

The BioBlitz  ( ) is 24hrs for each campus to identify and record as many species as possible. The team that records the most species in 24hrs wins! This provides valuable records to the Data Centre, and is a fun way to network and practise your valuable identification skills. The intervarsity competition is the brainchild of the UCC Green Campus Committee and School of BEES. It is supported by the National Biodiversity Data Centre. 

The UCC BioBlitz team is currently being compiled. We hope to assemble a team with skills in the identification of Birds, Mammals, Fish, Invertebrates (terrestrial, freshwater & marine), Higher Plants, Bryophytes, Lichens, Fungi & Diatoms, if possible. UCC has an excellent chance at recording the most species given that the campus has a wide range of habitats, including woodland, grassland, freshwater, intertidal and riparian habitats.

We welcome all recorders, both expert and amateur. We will also need volunteers to help with public outreach and tech support. We encourage both staff and students to get involved. Please contact Darren Reidy ( should you like to volunteer an hour or two on the day. 

We look forward to having you on our team when we win!

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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