Pearl mussel hatchery by the Ballinderry River

Across the Divides Podcast: Ireland’s Biodiversity Crisis

Mark Horton, The Rivers Trust’s All Ireland Director and CEO of Ballinderry Rivers Trust, joins the Across Divides podast to look at the ways that communities can be enabled to tackle the biodiversity crisis through collaborative approaches.

Rebecca Duncan


It is widely agreed that the nature of the biodiversity crisis necessitates an all-island [of Ireland] response. In this episode of Across Divides podcast, Alexander McMaster looks at the ways that communities can be enabled to tackle this crisis through collaborative approaches. Mark Horton, The Rivers Trust's All Ireland Director and chair of Ballinderry Rivers Trust, was a special guest.

They explore the intersection of ecology with archaeology, heritage, and sense of place, and the value of knowledge gathering and sharing. As we move through shifting normals, with each new generation seeing the ecosystem conditions in which they grew up as ‘normal’, we explore how people’s awareness can change as they get involved in local biodiversity projects.

Other guests

Dr Una Fitzpatrick is a senior ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre. She is responsible for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.

Shirley Clerkin is the heritage officer at Monaghan County Council. An environmental scientist, she studied law before working in the NGO sector including the Irish Wildlife Trust and An Taisce. County Heritage Officer – Monaghan County Council | LinkedIn

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