Sherkin Island Marine Station


Artwork: Alexa Cooke
Fenor NS, Fenor, Tramore, Co Waterford

Matt's Letter





Entry Form

Pdf of Competition Brochure


Competition Organisers:
Sherkin Island Marine Station
Sherkin Island
Co. Cork

Tel: +353 28 20187
Fax: +353 28 20407



City Print
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Cork City Council
City Hall, Cork


Cork County Council
County Hall, Cork


Geological Survey of Ireland


Inland Fisheries Ireland


Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Little Island, Co. Cork.


Sherkin Comment


"Focus on the Environment"


Environmental Competition
for Primary School Children
in Munster 2019


Matt's Letter

It is time, once again, for our annual environmental competition and we would love to receive entries from your school. We are excited to hear about the children’s
favourite places or animals, or how they would protect our environment.

This is the twenty-second year that we at Sherkin Island Marine Station have run this competition. We are always fascinated by the children’s work and imagination and are delighted that schools are using this opportunity to make children more aware of how important it is to protect the environment.

We are particularly impressed by entries that include the children’s own thoughts, ideas and drawings.

Our environment is precious to all of us but we all need to help protect it and safeguard it for years to come. While some may want to draw attention to pollution, blue flag beaches or encourage recycling, others might like to draw their favourite animals or part of the countryside. Whatever is important to them, we would love to hear about it, whether in the form of a picture or project.

Without the continued support of our sponsors, for which we are very grateful, this competition would not be possible. This support has made it possible to have 400 prizes specially chosen to help you continue studying nature and the environment, and build up a knowledge base.

We hope that the children enjoy working on the entries as much as we enjoy receiving them.

Matt Murphy
Sherkin Island Marine Station

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1) Class or School


2) An Individual Child

a) Junior & Senior Infants
b) 1st & 2nd Class
c) 3rd & 4th Class
d) 5th & 6th Class


1) Class or School:

Entries in this category are asked for a poster or project
on the theme:

"Our Favourite Place/Animal"


"Protecting Our Environment"

2) Individual Children:

Individual children in ALL classes are asked for a picture or project on the theme:

"My Favourite Place/Animal"


"Protecting Our Environment"

(Children with special needs are encouraged to enter.)

Entries do not have to be a specific size but please take into consideration that projects must be posted to Sherkin Island and must not be too large. Sherkin Island Marine Station cannot take responsibility for loss or damage to any work submitted.

If more than one individual is involved with a picture or project, this entry cannot be included in the “Individual Child” category and will be judged in the “Class or School” category. Entries are limited to one per child but a number of classes from one school may enter. Please ensure that the project category, name, age and school address are clearly marked and are securely attached to the back of each project, with writing visible. We will endeavour, but cannot guarantee, to return winning entries. Due to logistics, all other entries will not be returned.

This competition is only open to
primary school children in Munster.

Entries to be sent to:
Environmental Competition,
Sherkin Island Marine Station,
Sherkin Island, Co. Cork.

Closing Date: 5th July 2013

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  • Make your own folder from recycled materials.
  • Use staples instead of plastic folders.
  • Drawings or photographs help bring a written project to life.


  • An animal or plant you love.
  • A Blue Flag or Green Coast beach near you.
  • A river and its surroundings.
  • A garden you have planted.
  • Things you recycle.
  • What you don’t like about pollution.
  • A local hedgerow.
  • A study you carried out.
  • Types of waste we produce everyday.
  • Tell us what is good or bad about YOUR local environment....

We like:

  • Your own ideas.
  • Your own work.
  • Your own words.
  • Your own drawings.
  • Originality.

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Class/School projects:

12 prizes - each including:
Natural History Books: A collection for the school library
Five books: "Grainne Gull Visits the Seashore"
Three books: "A Beginner's Guide to Ireland's Wild Flowers"
Three books: "A Beginner's Guide to Ireland's Seashore"

24 Consolation Prizes: 5 sets of six colouring & guide booklets: Wild Flowers, Fossils, Butterflies & Moths, Creepy Crawlies, Nature Diary & Safety Sam

ths, Creepy Crawlies, Nature Diary & Safety Sam

Individual Children's Projects:children's projects

12 prizes of: One book - “Life Story

12 prizes of: One book - “Naturewatch

24 prizes of: Three books - “Really Useful Garden Bird Handbook”, “Living in the Wild (Dolphin)” & "Web of Life"

12 prizes of: One book - “The Bee Book

76 prizes of: One book - “The Complete Naturalist

76 prizes of: Two books - “Living in the Wild (Humpback Whale)" & "A Beginner’s Guide to Ireland’s Seashore

76 prizes of: Two books - “Extraordinary Migrations: When Crabs Cross The Sand" & "Grainne Gull Visits the Seashore"

76 prizes of: One book - “Making Pictures - Amazing Animals" & Three Colouring & Guide Books: (Creepy Crawlies, Butterlies & Moths, Safety Sam)


The winners will be notified, through their school in early October 2019 and the prizes will be sent directly to the winning schools shortly afterwards. The decision of the judges will be final. No cash alternatives for prizes. Some entries may be published in Sherkin Comment or used for environmental displays or posters. Results will also be posted on our website.


Entries to be sent to:

Environmental Competition,

Sherkin Island Marine Station,

Sherkin Island, Co. Cork.

Closing date: 5th July 2019


Please attach an entry form
to the back of each entry.


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© Sherkin Island Marine Station 2019