Natural Heritage and Biodiversity
Cork City Celebrates National Biodiversity Week
Cork City is very fortunate to have such great array of natural heritage. Many mammals, birds, invertebrates and wild plants have adapted to life alongside humans in our urban landscape. Areas such as public open spaces and parks, walkways, graveyards and the gardens of suburban houses all provide urban habitats and sanctuary for wildlife in the city.
An unintended positive outcome of the Covid 19 crisis is that nature and biodiversity is thriving under this national lockdown.
As travel restriction becomes our new reality and life has slowed down for many people we can take the opportunity to notice nature more whether it is in birds and butterflies in our back garden, wildflowers on road verges, otters in the rivers or duckling at the Lough.
Cork City has prepared a variety of resources that may help you explore the nature in your area, which can be downloaded for free. These include:
- Gardening for biodiversity
- A guide to Nature in the City
- Kids Biodiversity Explorers Education Pack
- Saving Swifts Booklet
Further information and advice on natural heritage can be found on the following websites:
- Cork Nature Network www.corknaturenetwork.ie
- Cork Environmental Forum www.cef.ie
- All Ireland Pollinator Plan www.pollinators.ie
- Biodiversity Ireland www.biodiversityireland.ie
- Heritage Council www.heritagecouncil.ie
Cork City has a wealth of natural heritage, which includes flora and fauna, as well as landscape and geology. Many mammals, birds, trees and wild plants have adapted to live alongside humans in our urban landscape and places like parks, golf courses, the river, graveyards and gardens all provide urban habitats and sanctuary for wildlife in the city. A range of sites within the Cork City area are protected under national and EU legislation including the Lough Mahon and Douglas Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA).
The Cork City Development Plan 2015-2021 contains a number of policies for the protection of our natural heritage including trees, landscape and waterways.
The Cork City Heritage Plan identifies key actions for natural heritage and the actions from the Cork City Biodiversity Plan has been incorporated into the Cork City Heritage Plan 2015-2020 Appendix 5.
Ireland’s 3rd National Biodiversity Action Plan for the period 2017-2021 was launched recently.
The Plan sets out actions through which a range of government, civil and private sectors will undertake to achieve Ireland’s ‘Vision for Biodiversity’ and follows on from the work of the first and second National Biodiversity Action Plans.