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Hedgerow Toolkit and Ecosystem Services Toolkit for Teachers coming in April 2022

Biodiversity includes all living things from the tiniest micro-organisms to the largest whales in the sea. The relationship between plants and animals and their surroundings create the environment in which we live, and they are an essential component of our daily lives.

With the dazzling technology and busy nature of modern life it is easy to become disconnected from nature and to lose sight of how heavily we rely on our natural environment. We forget that trees and other plants provide us with oxygen, food, fuel, medicines and much, much more! 
Playing and relaxing in natural surroundings benefits our health and contributes to a greater sense of wellbeing. Our parks and wild areas provide us with the space to play and have fun. These areas also provide homes and habitats for biodiversity. It is important that we share these places with biodiversity and allow space for wild plants and animals to live and thrive. 
The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Biodiversity Education Programme is intended to increase children’s awareness of the local environment, encouraging them to learn about and experience nature in stimulating and creative ways. It provides children, teachers and youth leaders with the opportunities and the tools to explore their local parks and green spaces as well as fostering a greater appreciation for these areas and the wildlife they support.

DLR Ecosystem Services for Schools Workbook

The European Nature Protection Toolkit