Biodiversity Beermats bring wildlife to Dublin pubs

Biodiversity beermat -- salmon

A group of postgraduate students at the School of Natural Sciences in Dublin has come up with an innovative way of engaging with the Irish public about the importance of biodiversity.

They’ve produced a set of  eight “Biodiversity Beermats”, each featuring a fun biodiversity fact, and beautifully designed and illustrated by Aileen Crossley from Rathfarnham, Dublin. The beermats have been distributed around a selection of Dublin pubs.

Established in 2011 as a working group of the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research, the group aims to improve links between the university and the Dublin public, and to find new ways of communicating the important biodiversity is to our everyday lives.

The group has also been running a series of “pop-up” pub talks — 2-3 minute flash-talks providing fun facts about the bees, coral reefs, flamingos, and salmon  featured on the beermats.

There are a lot of fascinating facts that we wanted to share, but were unable to fit on the beermats – so this is your chance to find out more!

Look out for the beer mats in participating Dublin pubs, and check out the Biodiversity in Our Lives website for more information on the initiative.

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

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