Showcasing the Biosphere Award

This section offers you the opportunity to share your stories with us. If you’ve completed a Biosphere Award project please email info@dublinbaybiosphere.ie with your details and don’t forget to include a few photos and a video link if you have one.

5th Port Dollymount Jupiter Beavers

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Based in 5th Port Dollymount, the Jupiter beaver group meets every Saturday morning at 11am. In accordance with the Covid-19 guidelines we currently spend all of our sessions outdoors. Over the recent months we have visited local parks, trekked through the dunes on Dollymount beach and even hiked from Howth Head to Sutton! During each session, we raise the beaver’s awareness of their natural environment by encouraging them to observe and connect with nature. Because of our location in Dublin Bay and our weekly scouting activities, we set ourselves the goal of achieving the Dublin Bay Biosphere Award. 

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Part 1 – Explore: To experience our environment, we observed the olive-brown froglets in the low-lying marshy lands near our ‘Crows Nest’ scout den. During other trips we also identified the Six-spot Burnet moths leaving their cocoon, a skylark flying above its nest, the common-spotted Orchid and many more wildlife native to Bull Island. We were fortunate to have The Wildlife Of The Bull Island, by Proinsias Mac an Bheatha as a reference. We set the beavers a challenge of creating a ‘sound map’. We asked the beavers to sit quietly and tune in to their surrounding environment. Then, with their notebooks and pencils, each time they heard a new sound they drew a picture to describe what they heard.

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Part 2 – Learning: Our beaver motto is ‘leave no trace’. In keeping with this, we used our weekly outdoor adventures to explain to the beavers about the negative effect that litter and plastics can have on our environment. This theme formed part of the ‘taking actions’ step of achieving the Biosphere Award.

Part 3 – Taking Action: To reinforce the idea about the negative impact that humans can have on the natural world we engaged in a litter pick-up morning. The beavers learned that removing plastics and other forms of general waste can positively impact our ecosystems. The scouters and the beavers filled 5 refuse sacks in one morning!

Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Ballyogan

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Students from Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Ballyogan joined citykayaking.ie, a Biosphere Business Supporter to work towards the Biosphere Award. After spending time kayaking on the river Liffey, the students observed the impacts people are having on the river system and the wildlife that inhabits the river, estuary and bay.

Part 1 - Explore

When Kayaking on the river Liffey, these students took time to view the river, observing its turbidity, identifying man-made structures and human impacts from litter. They also took time to observe local wildlife which included primarily common bird species. They noted that the air and river smelled clean although small quantities of litter was observed.

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Part 2 - Learning

The students undertook a review of wildlife present in Dublin Bay, primarily using the BirdWatch Ireland website. Students produced detailed reports on many bird species and were suprised to learn that we have so many important species within the bay. They also reviewed the Biosphere website and Youtube channels to learn more about the impacts facing the biosphere with a view of sharing information in their school newsletter.

Part 3 - Action

Finally the students were suprised to learn about the imapcts humans and dogs are having on wildlife inhabiting the biosphere. The biggest concern was the disturbance caused by dogs by chasing birds and their waste not being picked up. Details of their concerns were shared in the school newsletter in the hope of encouraging more responsible dog ownership.

As Biosphere Champions the children will continue to learn about the biosphere and help protect it.

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