The people of Laois are being urged to start making 10 switches to help foster biodiversity during National Biodiversity Week.
The Heritage Officers in Laois and other county councils hope everyone can start to make the switch on International Biodiversity Day is Saturday, May 22 and the theme this year is “We are part of the solution for Nature”.
The Local Authority Heritage Officer Network says there are some simple switches that can be made that will set us on that pathway. Always the best place to start is where we can have the most influence, and for most of us that is our own homes and gardens.
The Heritage Officers say biodiversity or nature is all about us. Everything we rely on is provided by nature. Biodiversity is the variety of life on the planet, how it interacts with the natural water cycles and climate to create ecosystems that provide habitats, and ecosystem goods and services.
Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer with Laois County Council.
“Take a first step and connect with the wonder of nature this Biodiversity week. Find a quiet spot and listen to the sounds of nature about you. This is the sound of nature supporting your life,” she said.
Here are ten SWITCHES you can make for nature right now:
The popular GARDENING FOR BIODIVERSITY booklet and coloring book are still available at www.laois.ie along with a Pledge your Garden for Pollinators leaflet.
These publications are full of ideas for your garden. The Garden Birds poster produced in association with BirdWatch Ireland shows you the huge wealth of birds you might attract to your garden.
Gardening for Biodiversity Video series on Youtube here
The Local Authority Heritage Officer Network is the collection of heritage officers located nationwide, in most counties and local authorities. The Heritage Office programme is supported by the local authorities and the Heritage Council. Heritage Officers advocate for the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, through the implementation of biodiversity and heritage plans, working with communities through local government.
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