Dublin Region Open Data Active Travel Challenge Showcase

Digital Nature is delighted to be presenting at the Dublin Region Open Data Active Travel Challenge Showcase being organized by Smart Dublin.

The Digital Nature analysis Active Travel to School: Locating Investments for Impact will be one of 12 projects presented in a rapid-fire series of demonstrations.

All of the projects have identified and pursued new ways of using Open Data to support and promote walking, cycling and being active in the Dublin Region.

All are welcome to attend this online showcase – the complete details and registration link for this event are available at Smart Dublin:

Onboard the BirdWatch Ireland CBS and I-WeBS Team…

CBS Newsletter 2021

Digital Nature is delighted to share that it is now up-and-running as part of the BirdWatch Ireland CBS and I-WeBS Team, under contract to the Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The Countryside Bird Survey and Irish Wetland Bird Survey are national surveys that have been gathering important scientific data on bird populations in Ireland since the 1990s. Every year hundreds of professional and citizen scientists follow carefully designed survey protocols to gather data at hundreds of selected sites around the country. This valuable data allows trends in Irish bird populations to be established, and helps inform policy at national as well as European level.

Digital Nature is focusing on the IT aspects of these surveys, supporting the National Coordinators, Ecologists and Scientific Officers on the team with data capture, validation, loading, storage and analysis solutions. Some of these elements are introduced in the latest CBS newsletter published by BirdWatch Ireland.

Digital Nature is delighted to be playing a role in this important work.

Mayo ‘Dark and Wild’ Amenities

Mayo Dark and Wild Map Extract

Where might be suitable places to install amenities in County Mayo that could showcase biodiversity during the day, and the Mayo Dark Sky at night?

This was a question Digital Nature tackled during 2020. We are now delighted to be in a position to share the results publicly.

A Multi-Criteria Evaluation was performed to identify locations that met the following conditions:

  • near to a wildlife-rich or important habitat, such as open water, wetlands or estuaries
  • under Dark Sky, away from fixed and mobile sources of light pollution
  • near to an existing road, track or path for public accessibility and construction purposes
  • not located on sloped land – to facilitate ease of public access
  • not located near to busy roads (to minimize disturbance and light, noise and exhaust pollution)
  • not located where the view of the sky is obstructed by local terrain – e.g. by a nearby mountain

These criteria were converted into 6 geospatial constraints and 2 geospatial factors, with appropriate weightings assigned in consultation with Ecological experts, to identify the highest-scoring sites across the county. The presence of Designated Sites was carefully considered to highlight further those locations that are not formally designated.

Data from academic, state, European, NASA and voluntary sources were successfully transformed and analysed as part of this process.

We hope that the resulting map may be of some assistance to those interested in pursuing such amenities in County Mayo.

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