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A Great 24 Hours Supporting BioBlitz 2013

MulkearLIFE and members of the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers (MCV) had a great time with colleagues from Inland Fisheries Ireland supporting BioBlitz 2013 in the Burren National Park. The 24 hour event kicked off at 17.00hrs on Friday evening in glorious sunshine and finished this evening at 17.00hrs (Saturday 25 May) in light drizzly rain.

BioBlitz kicks off in the Burren in glorious sunshine (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Burren recorders in glorious Friday evening sunshine (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

BioBlitz 2013, which was organised by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Coillte and the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording covered four sites across the island of Ireland. Colebrooke in Co. Fermanagh was the overall winner with a massive total of 1,086 species. The Burren came third with an overall total of 947 species.

Colebrooke the overall winner with 1086 species (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

MulkearLIFE and Mulkear Conservation Volunteers members worked alongside colleagues in Inland Fisheries Ireland and focused on fresh water fish species via electrofishing and fresh water invertebrates through kick sampling and collections.

A wonderful location to record Ireland’s rich biodiversity (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

This large eel was amongst the fish species recorded (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

This young pike was released after being recorded (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

MCV Volunteers and Ken O’ Neill (IFI) key out inverts (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

These three-spined sticklebacks were also recorded (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Young recorders get in on the act to support BioBlitz (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

This water spider (found underwater) was an interesting find (Image: R. Ó Conchúir)

Volunteers get down to business in the Burren (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

MulkearLIFE also recorded significant numbers of mammals (otter, mink and fox) and well over 50 bird species, many of which were recorded as part of an early morning dawn chorus event at 5.30am.

Bullfinches in the Burren National Park (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

Lough Bunny, in the Burren, a haven for birds and wildlife (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

MulkearLIFE would like to thank our IFI colleagues, Mr. Ken O’Neill and Mr. Dave Germaine and all the volunteers who helped make BioBlitz 2013 so special. It was an extremely rewarding 24 hours of recording with some of the leading biodiversity experts in Ireland on hand. The Burren recorded a massive total of 947 species with a number of individuals recording several hundred species.

The final wrap-up in the Burren National Park Info Point (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)

In addition, MulkearLIFE would like to sincerely thank colleagues in the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the Burren staff of the National Parks and Wildlife Service for organising such a enjoyable event and for their wonderful support.

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