What is a Wildlife Corridor? A Wildlife Corridor is an area in the environment or a landscape that functions as a passage way which increases connectivity between species or a species' access to other areas of land. Wildlife Corridors are usually habitats that are long in length and connect fragmented patches of habitat by which … Continue reading Wildlife Corridor – What are they & why are they so important?
What is Captive Breeding? Captive breeding refers to a conservation method which involves the process of breeding animals in a controlled environment within well-defined settings that mimic their wild habitats and provide a surplus of preferred materials such as food sources, shelter, protection and space as well as suitable mates. Captive breeding is often carried … Continue reading Captive Breeding
What are Invasive Alien Species? Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are species that are not native to an ecosystem and for this reason can cause damage to the ecosystem be invading the area and out-competing the native species for resources, shelter, space and habitat usage. This can cause great economic, environmental and ecological harm as well … Continue reading Invasive Alien Species
What is a Foundation Species? A foundation species refers to any species that has a large contribution towards creating and maintaining habitats that support other species. Without the presence of foundation species in an ecosystem, many other species couldn't sustain their habitat. Foundation species are sometimes referred to as 'Ecosystem Engineers'. Examples of Foundation Species … Continue reading Foundation Species
What is Extinction? Extinction is a process rather than just an ecological term. It is a process of which groups of organisms on the planet die out and there are no longer any individuals of that species present on the planet. Extinction is a natural phenomenon predicted by Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution. … Continue reading Extinction – What is it?
What is reintroduction? The reintroduction of species simply means what it sounds like - deliberately putting species back into the wild in an area where there once were commonly found. The animals that are being released back into their natural habitat are, the majority of the time, released from captivity. Often, species are bred in captivity as … Continue reading Reintroduction as a Conservation Tool
What is a Special Area of Conservation? A Special Area of Conservation or SAC is a designated site or piece of land that is protected by law and deemed an important area in order to protect the wildlife that inhabit the area. Special Areas of Conservation are selected and designated under the EU Habitats Directive. … Continue reading Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
What is a Migratory Species? A Migratory Species refers to a species that migrates from one region or area to another. They are transboundary species. Migratory species refers to any species that migrates, therefore it can be mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, aquatic organisms, etc. Many species in Ireland are migratory and Ireland also receive migrating … Continue reading Migratory Species
What does Indicator Species mean? An indicator species refers to an organism thats presence or absence in an ecosystem reflects the environmental conditions of the area it inhabits. For this reason, the abundance of indicator species are important conservation tools. Indicator species can signal a change in the biological conditions of an ecosystem and this … Continue reading Indicator Species – What are they?
What are Umbrella Species? Umbrella Species refer to wildlife species that indirectly protect many other species in the wild that makes up the ecological community of their habitats. It is a species of which casts an "umbrella" over other species within the ecosystem. These species do this by being more sensitive to habitat changes than … Continue reading Umbrella Species