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)