|Please read below for Liam Lysaght, the Centre’s Director comments on the newsletter.|
“Spring is now well and truly underway, with the natural world once again bursting into life. This spring, as the Covid restrictions become a memory, the signs of life and vitality are particularly pleasing and appreciated. The last two years has been a very difficult time, challenging much of what we have heretofore taken for granted. One of the consequences of the lockdowns was that it caused us all to slow down and become more in touch with our surroundings. For many it brought into sharp focus the benefits of biodiversity and of a healthy local environment. For others an interest in biodiversity definitely helped to better cope with the challenges faced by the Covid lockdowns. Yet, despite the importance of biodiversity, Ireland is in the midst of a biodiversity emergency.
We know this is the case because of what the evidence is telling us about species declines and a reduction in the quality of ecosystems. This evidence is generated by a large number of individuals and organisations who are working to survey, collate and analyze data to better understanding what is happening with different aspects of Ireland’s biodiversity.