Earth Day 2020 & Moths!

Happy 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The Earth Day Network works in countries around the world to drive meaningful action for our planet across these issues of Climate Action, Science & Education, People & Communities, Conservation & Restoration, and Plastic & Pollution.

For more information on Earth Day go to the official Earth Day website

Here at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre we are passionate about biodiversity conservation, sustainability and education. We love sharing information on the wonders of the natural world and the landscape, and hope to inspire a deep appreciation of our National Park and the biodiversity that surrounds us everywhere.

This week we’ve been involved with International Dark Sky Week – as most of you know the National Park here is also Ireland’s only Dark Sky Park. Maintaining naturally dark skies fits very well with our principles in the National Park, especially for protecting the habitats of our nocturnal species.

As part of Dark Sky Week we’ve been doing some research and sampling of the moth species that we have in the National Park. Guide Doireann has prepared information on the moths species that are found around the Ballycroy Visitor Centre. Click here to download the information sheet. On our Facebook page shortly, you will see a video showing Head Guide Michael setting out a moth trap and guiding you through a craft activity for younger moth fans! This video is also available on YouTube.

Celebrate this Earth Day by learning a little more about some of the nocturnal species that frequent the National Park!