European Parliament have voted to ban single-use Plastic by 2021! An apparent landslide vote by the Members of the European Parliament was actioned on Wednesday, 24th October to ban the production and distribution of single-use plastics. The voting took place in Strasbourg with 571 votes for the ban and 53 against, with 34 abstentions. These products … Continue reading Goodbye to Single-Use Plastics! MEP’s have voted to ban this use from 2021
National Biodiversity Week 2018 Events Ireland's National Biodiversity Week will be happening this year from the 19th - 27th May. This year the country will have the opportunity to get involved with nature and our environment, with over 50 different events throughout the week. As each of these events are completely free, and very … Continue reading National Biodiversity Week 2018
What is the Countryside Bird Survey? The Countryside Bird Survey (CBS) is conducted each year by Birdwatch Ireland between the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer . The Survey will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this year, having began back in 1998 for the first time. The CBS is an on-going national project funded … Continue reading Volunteer for the Countryside Bird Survey with Birdwatch Ireland
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)
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!
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!
Barn Owls are known for their large wingspan. Their body length is approximately 13 to 16 inches but their wingspan is on average about 31.5 to 38 inches long. They are one of the most distinctive owls in Ireland due to the colouration and their apple-shaped face. Breeding season for these incredible birds takes place … Continue reading Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Birdwatch Ireland – Galway Branch Where: Nimmo’s Pier, Galway. When: Saturday, 6th May Time: 10.30am Event Information: Outing at Nimmo’s Pier, Galway, with guide Tom Cuffe. Suitable for beginner and more experienced birdwatchers. Contact Marianne ten Cate, firstname.lastname@example.org Neil Sharkey, email@example.com Website: http://www.birdwatchgalway.org Birdwatch Ireland – Mayo Branch Where: Main car park, Belleek Woods, Ballina When: Sunday, 14th May Time: 7am Event … Continue reading Conservation Events – Connacht: May 2017
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)
Teagasc will be hosting their Agri-Environment Conference this Thursday, April 6th 2017. The event is set to take place in Co. Offaly at the Tullamore Court Hotel. The event begins at 9.30am and is expected to run until approximately 4pm. There will be four sessions taking place as the day goes on. The first session … Continue reading Teagasc Agri-Environment Conference takes place this week