Unchallenged, the natural world soon asserts control over the works of human kind. No longer buildings, not yet wholly a natural landscape, ruins provide a specialised environment which plays host to a wide range of flora and fauna“, Sara Ferraby, Conservation of Ruinsview-from-dublin-bay-small

Dublin Bay was designated as a biosphere by UNESCO in 2015 which comprises a core of the Tolka and Baldoyle estuaries, North Bull Island and Howth Head, Ireland’s Eye, Booterstown Marsh and Dalkey Island. Historic places and natural heritage are often considered independently, as if they exist in conceptual silos.  In the context of conservation plans and management plans for historic buildings and archaeological monuments, consideration of the wider concerns on changes and developments in knowledge of the natural environment and surrounding landscape have a great bearing on how cultural heritage sites are protected, preserved and conserved. The “Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere Conference: Connecting people and nature” will take place on Wednesday October 26th 2016 at the George Moore Lecture Theatre, O’Brien Centre for Science (East), University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Registration is open until Sunday October 23rd. The one day conference highlights the work of stakeholders in Dublin Bay, and aims to increase understanding and appreciation of nature in Dublin bay.