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National Biodiversity Events

Throughout 2001 and 2002 nations across the world are planning special events to celebrate biodiversity.


United Kingdom

Backyard Biodiversity Day, June 20, 2003


United Kingdom

Backyard Biodiversity Day, June 21, 2002

The second annual Backyard Biodiversity Day will take place on June 21, 2002 and the following three days. Children aged 9-14 years all across the U.K. will connect with nature and spend fifteen minutes seeking, finding, observing and recording whatever plants and animals they can discover in their local environment. There is also an online survey of five plants and five groups of animals. None of the species selected is endemic to the U.K., so can be recorded in other countries. Organized by Action for Biology in Education (ABE), the Backyard Biodiversity Day is supported by the Chelsea Physic Garden, BBC Education and UK Science Year. For more information see

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National Biodiversity Month

The Community Biodiversity Network (CBN) will be coordinating Biodiversity Month to be held during September 2001.

National Science Week

As part of Australian National Science Week, to be held in May 2001, the Australian Science Teachers Association has made the national schools theme Exploring Biodiversity to coincide with the IBOY.

Download IBOY flyer included in Science Week packs (pdf)


The GEO-Biodiversity day will take place in Germany on Saturday June 9, 2001. At localities across Germany NGOs, Schools, Universities and museums will join forces to find as many species as possible in 24 hours. A book and CD-Rom to accompany this event is available. It includes information on biodiversity and aids to species identification.


In advance of IBOY, the National Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW), in association with the Carmarthenshire Biodiversity Action Plan Partnership, is holding a Biodiversity Fair at the NBGW on September 30, 2000.

The aims of the Fair were to raise awareness of biodiversity, to increase understanding of and familiarity with the word 'biodiversity', and to celebrate our existing biodiversity and engender a curiosity to find out more about it along with a desire to make the choices necessary to retain it. At the event, the Carmarthenshire Biodiversity Action Plan was launched by Sue Essex AM, Secretary for Environment, Planning and Transport. Results of the NBGW Schools Biodiversity Recording Pilot Project were on display. There was a range of activities sponsored by the Arts Council including biodiversity games, hands-on activities and career displays.

Read a transcript of the opening speech given by actor Philip Madoc

Last updated January 13, 2003

IBOY took place during 2001 and 2002 and is now completed. Information on the projects, activities and products that took place during IBOY are available on these pages. Many of the projects are still continuing their research and education activities and links to their homepages can be found on the project pages.

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