Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

What is Japanese Knotweed?  Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is a herbaceous perennial plant. This species is extremely common and widespread across Ireland. It is most prominent in areas of wasteland, roadsides, landfills, wetlands and riparian (river) areas across the entire country. Where did it come from?   Japanese Knotweed is native to East Asia in … Continue reading Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

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Muntjac Deer (Muntiacus reevesi)

What is a Muntjac Deer?  A Muntjac Deer is from the Cervidae family and the Muntiacus genus. This species is also known as the barking deer and Mastreani deer. This species are believed to be the oldest known Deer genus to exist. It is thought that Muntjac Deer appeared between 15 to 35 million years ago as remains … Continue reading Muntjac Deer (Muntiacus reevesi)

Conservation Events: Leinster June 2017

Birdwatch Ireland: Laois Branch When: 4th June 2017 Where: County Hall, Portlaoise Time: 9.30 sharp Event Info: Visit to Co. Wicklow to see Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Red Kites. Group will meet at the County Hall, Portlaoise at 9am sharp to car-pool. Contact:  Billy Burke (Chair), (087) 645 7535 Des Finnamore (Hon. Secretary), (086) 229 … Continue reading Conservation Events: Leinster June 2017

Wildlife-themed Irish Summer Camps for your kids this year!

Summer Camps are the best way to keep your child busy over the summer holidays! Summer Camps are also an excellent way for your child to mingle with new people their own age and gain some well-needed people skills at a young age while having a great time! It also means that you also get … Continue reading Wildlife-themed Irish Summer Camps for your kids this year!

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

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)

American Mink (Neovison vison)

What is an American Mink? The American Mink is a member of the Mustela genus meaning that it is a mustelid. The American Mink differs from other members of the Mustela genus such as Weasels and Stoats due to its larger size. This mammal is more similar to a type of Marten that the other types … Continue reading American Mink (Neovison vison)

Dodder Action Group – Volunteer Opportunities in South Dublin!

If you are like myself and live in the South Dublin area of Ireland and would like to get involved in some community-based volunteering that involves the environment, then this may be perfect for you! For those of you who do not know, the River Dodder is a 24 km river in Ireland that runs … Continue reading Dodder Action Group – Volunteer Opportunities in South Dublin!