Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

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)

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

Common Lizard (Lacerta vivipara)

This reptile species can be found all over Ireland in areas of marshlands, moors, boglands and woodlands. Although they are common throughout Ireland, they can be hard to find because of their small size and the fact that they are very very quick! Common Lizards are on average about 4 to 6 inches in length but … Continue reading Common Lizard (Lacerta vivipara)