Join Hans Visser, biodiversity officer with Fingal County Council for a walk along Portrane’s shoreline as he talks about bio-diversity and what that means for us and where we live. Protecting and enhancing our natural heritage is vital for the health, wellbeing and quality of life of communities. Natural heritage and biodiversity focus on the variety of wildlife we see around us every day, and the natural landscapes which form our surroundings.

What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is the variety of life we see around us every day. It includes trees, flowers, insects, mammals, birds, fish and you and me. Biodiversity provides us with many of the essentials that sustain our lives – our oxygen, water, food, clothing and places to relax in.
The Fingal coast is especially important for wild birds and designated Special Protection Areas in Fingal include Baldoyle Bay, Rogerstown and Malahide/Broadmeadow Estuaries, Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye, Rockabill Island and Skerries Islands.