Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a terrestrial botanical species. The native home range for this plant is the Himalayas of which it is named after. It is known to be a high-impact invasive species in countries that it is alien to, hence the plant holding the status of 'alien invasive species' within Ireland. Himalayan Balsam … Continue reading Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

Green Party’s ‘Waste Reduction Bill 2017’ may have great incentives for Irish consumers!

The Green Party have launched their 'Waste Reduction Bill 2017' this week. The Bill includes proposals for new measures with the objective of improving the current state of Ireland's recycling status. It is known that this year's Waste Reduction Bill contains two aspects; firstly the introduction of a recycling deposit scheme for plastic bottles, cans … Continue reading Green Party’s ‘Waste Reduction Bill 2017’ may have great incentives for Irish consumers!

Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)

Holly Blue is a little blue-coloured butterfly that is native to Ireland. They are continuously in-flight throughout their natural range from early April to late June and once again then in early August to early September. They have a wingspan of only 1.5 inches which illustrates their tiny size. Holly Blue's mostly obtain their food sources … Continue reading Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)

Irish Public asked to report sightings of Curlew!

Minister Heather Humphreys and the rest of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs are asking the Irish public to report any sightings of our iconic Curlew. The Curlew is one of the most threatened birds on our island and is rapidly sliding towards local extinction in Ireland. The Department have been … Continue reading Irish Public asked to report sightings of Curlew!

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

What is Japanese Knotweed?  Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a herbaceous perennial plant. This species is extremely common and widespread across Ireland. It is most prominent in areas of wasteland, roadsides, landfills, wetlands and riparian (river) areas across the entire country. Where did it come from?   Japanese Knotweed is native to East Asia in … Continue reading Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

Muntjac Deer (Muntiacus reevesi)

What is a Muntjac Deer?  A Muntjac Deer is from the Cervidae family and the Muntiacus genus. This species is also known as the barking deer and Mastreani deer. This species are believed to be the oldest known Deer genus to exist. It is thought that Muntjac Deer appeared between 15 to 35 million years ago as remains … Continue reading Muntjac Deer (Muntiacus reevesi)

Conservation Events: Ulster June 2017

Birdwatch Ireland: Donegal Branch When: 13th June 2017 Where: St. Conal's, Letterkenny. Time: 7.30pm Event Info: Recognise eight birdsongs: a one-hour walk & talk in the park (with An Taisce). Meet at the Vestry Café, St Conal's, Letterkenny, 7.30pm. Beginners and accompanied children welcome on all outings. Contact:  Liz Sheppard: (074) 914 7129 - rsheppard@eircom.net Emailing List: ethnadiver@hotmail.com