The National Parks & Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is at the forefront of many events this week. On their behalf, we will be announcing details of some exciting new projects, including a first-of-its-kind peatland restoration project and a major marine scientific programme. The NPWS will also be giving a behind-the-scenes look at some of its initiatives, including: a wader protection scheme, sea bird conservation projects, the reintroduction of the white-tailed eagle, toad breeding, and more besides. There will be a look at the work of LIFE projects on blanket bogs and raised bogs, and Corncrake LIFE, which is working with farmers to improve habitat for corncrakes. Many other conservation stories across the country also will be highlighted. We will be revealing details of the National Chough Survey, Local Authority Biodiversity Grants scheme and taking a look at the work of the education centres at Ireland’s six National Parks and the work of our dedicated guides and rangers to raise awareness of biodiversity.