Migratory Species

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

Indicator Species – What are they?

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?

Umbrella Species

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

What is Biodiversity?

What is Biodiversity?  Biodiversity is the foundation of all ecosystem services to which human life thrives on. Biodiversity literally means the diversity of life on our planet. It is important to know that although many of us think that biodiversity relates just to the 'wild', it includes every life-form including humans as a huge influencing … Continue reading What is Biodiversity?

IUCN Categories Explained

What is the IUCN?  The IUCN stands for the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is an organisation that is devoted to nature conservation and sustainability of our natural resources. The IUCN has a membership span of over 1,200 governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). It also has over 11,000 ecologists, conservationists, scientists and experts … Continue reading IUCN Categories Explained

Big Game

What does 'Big Game' actually mean?  When a wildlife manager, conservationist or general enthusiast says the term 'Big Game' they are generally referring to relatively large animals that are a key interest for sports like hunting or fishing activities. Examples of 'Big Game': Big Game would be species such as Deer, Moose, Bears, Elk, Caribou … Continue reading Big Game

Nature Reserves

What is a Nature Reserve?  A Nature Reserve is a site that has been deemed as highly important to wildlife. Nature Reserves are protected under Ministerial order and the majority of them within Ireland are owned by the government, but a very small portion are privately owned. Nature Reserves are not National Parks, although can … Continue reading Nature Reserves