What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity literally means the whole variety of life on earth - from you to your back garden, from the rain forest to the desert, from the birds to the bees. The word is a contraction of the phrase “biological diversity”, the term given to the variety of life on this planet. It reflects the number and variety of living organisms. Together biodiversity and life diversity makes the variety of life on earth.

“One of the great unknowns in science today is how much biological diversity there is on earth.” E.O. Wilson (American biologist and naturalist.)

In celebration of the great variety of life on Earth, the United Nations (UN) declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. In Ireland, the 3rd National Biodiversity Action Plan was launched for the period 2017-2021. It gives broad requirements for all Government Departments so as to maintain Ireland's rich biodiversity.

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By Friends of Merlin Woods | 2016-09-19 23:26:16

Merlin Park Woodlands and meadows

Galway citys largest and oldest urban woodland with beautiful wildflower and orchid meadows in the Eastside of Galway .A place full of biodiversity from butterflies, dragonflies , foxes, rabbits and the Red Squirrel