The National Rural Network (NRN) is inviting entries for a national biodiversity photo competition. The aim of the competition is raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity in in rural areas and on farms.
Biodiversity is a word used to describe the variety of all living things. It includes plants, animals, fish, birds and fungi. In fact, all life in the air, land, soil and sea are included.
Biodiversity is everywhere on farms too. Here are a few examples:
*    Grassland: grasses, weeds, animals, birds, insects & flowers
*    Hedgerows: bushes, flora, birds, insects & small mammals
*    Air:insects, birds & bats
*    Rivers: fish, insects & flora
*    Soil: microbes, fungi, insects & worm
Amateurs, hobbyists and professionals are invited to enter a photo that show biodiversity in rural areas or on farms. Photos should be sent to farmphoto@nationalruralnetwork.ie along with the following information.
*    A catchy caption for the photo
*    Your name
*    Your contact number
*    A brief description as to location the photo is taken & if the area is linked to GLAS or was previously linked to AEOS or REPS
The closing date for entries is 25th October 2017 and the winner will be chosen on the 27th of October by the National Rural Network Biodiversity Subcommittee. Winning entries will be showcased on the NRN website and social media accounts.
Visit www.nationalruralnetwork.ie for further information.

For more information, contact James Claffey on Tel:  (090) 648 2744

About the NRN
The National Rural Network (NRN) is part of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020.
Managed by a consortium led by Irish Rural Link in partnership with The Wheel, NUI Galway and Philip Farrelly & Co., the overall aim of the NRN is to build and sustain a membership-based network that maximises the beneficial outcomes of the RDP.
Our ambition is to bring the RDP into the lives of as many people and communities as possible by communicating its key opportunities and outputs to all relevant stakeholders. Visit www.nationalruralnetwork.ie for further information.