Irish Species: Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus)

Basking Shark  The basking shark is not only the biggest fish in Irish waters, but also the second largest fish in the ocean, behind the enormous whale shark. The basking shark belongs to the same family as the great white shark and has the most teeth of any shark. Despite this fact, the basing shark … Continue reading Irish Species: Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus)

Irish Species: Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Red Fox The red fox is one of the most common Irish mammals. It has the largest geographical range of any of the order Carnivora, occupying most of the Northern Hemisphere. They are an extremely versatile and adaptable animal, and thrive in both rural and urban areas. The red fox is the largest of the foxes … Continue reading Irish Species: Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Species of the Day: Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose Dolphin The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is one of 24 whale and dolphin species in Irish waters. The west of Ireland in particular, is thought to be home to one of the highest bottlenose dolphin concentrations in all of Europe. With the exception of orcas, the bottlenose dolphin is larger than the other dolphin … Continue reading Species of the Day: Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Irish Species: Irish Hare (Lepus Timidus Hibernicus)

Irish Hare The Irish Hare species are abundant throughout Ireland, particularly within mountainous regions of the island such as the Wicklow Mountains. It is thought that there are at least 16 types of subspecies of the Irish Hare on the island that are endemic. Irish Hares don't burrow and don't use dens as a shelter … Continue reading Irish Species: Irish Hare (Lepus Timidus Hibernicus)

Species of the Day: Irish Stoat (Mustela erminea hibernica)

Irish Stoat The Irish Stoat is a Mustelid that can be found all over the island of Ireland and also on the Isle of Man. The Irish Stoat is a separate sub-species to Stoats found elsewhere. One defining feature of the Irish Stoat is the irregular line between the brown upper body fur and the … Continue reading Species of the Day: Irish Stoat (Mustela erminea hibernica)

Species of the Day: Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)

Pygmy Shrew  The Pygmy Shrew is the smallest mammal on our island! It can be found throughout a large range of habitats such as peatlands (bogs), hedgerows, grasslands and woodlands/forestry. Pygmy's can be located in small burrows - however these burrows are not their own! They don't burrow themselves, but they will use the burrows … Continue reading Species of the Day: Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus)

Irish Species: Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus Hipposideros)

Lesser Horseshoe Bat Bats are an absolutely amazing species as they are the only living mammal that is known to have the ability to fly! There are currently known to be 9 species of bats found in Ireland at present and the Lesser Horseshoe Bat is one of the most commonly known species on the … Continue reading Irish Species: Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus Hipposideros)

Irish Species: Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)

European Hedgehog The Western European hedgehog is the only hedgehog species found on our island! Although their small size, hedgehogs like to explore vast areas across Ireland and it has been found that females travel up to 15 hectares and male hedgehogs move farthest away with an annual exploring range of over 55 hectares! That's … Continue reading Irish Species: Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)

Irish Species: Pine Marten (Martes martes)

Pine Marten The Pine Marten (Martes martes) is a personal favourite of mine! Pine Martens are small mammals that can be found in woodland areas of Ireland. They are territorial for such a small mammal and live alone. Any other Pine Marten that steps into the territory of another will face a one-on-one showdown! Unless it is … Continue reading Irish Species: Pine Marten (Martes martes)

Irish Species: Puffin (Fratercula artica)

Atlantic Puffin The first ever Species of the Day article for my new blog is going to be devoted to the Atlantic Puffin. This is for two reasons; firstly because they are one of my favourite bird species found in Ireland and secondly, because they are ridiculously cute!! Puffins are an amazing species because not … Continue reading Irish Species: Puffin (Fratercula artica)