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!
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)
Coal Tits are one of the top-20 most widespread garden birds in Ireland. For this reason, this bird is very common to see in Irish gardens, especially those that have bird feeders! They are a green-listed species in Ireland, meaning that they are not considered to be threatened in our country. Currently, there are an … Continue reading Coal Tit (Periparus ater)
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)
It is my personal opinion that Ireland have fantastic people that work to create Wildlife Rehab charities, animal welfare and a lot of animal-related protection centres across the country! For such a small island we do have a lot of diverse charities relating to our wildlife such as local county-based animal welfare centres, the national … Continue reading Help Kildare Animal Foundation raise funds for new hospital units!
The 2017 Annual Conference for Groundwater will be held by the Irish branch of the International Association of Hydrogeologists this month. The event will be held on the 25th and 26th of April 2017 and is expected to run all day. This year's event will be held in Co. Offaly at the Tullamore Court Hotel. … Continue reading Pop-Up Event: Internatioal Association of Hydrogeologists Annual Groundwater Conference
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have selected their wildlife management experts and have begun culling Deer in the Killarney National Park. The NPWS have anticipated that approximately 80 Deer will be culled during this project which will end in late March this year. The NPWS aims to cull around 80% of females … Continue reading Deer Cull has begun in Killarney National Park
The Golden Eagle Trust in collaboration with the National Parks and Wildlife Services, UCD and many other stakeholders conducted a re-introduction project for the White-Tailed Sea Eagles, which was completed in 2006-2007. White-Tailed Sea Eagles taken 5-6 years to reach sexual maturity and for that reason, breeding was not observed from the first reintroduced birds until 2012/2013. … Continue reading White-Tailed Sea Eagle has been tracked crossing Ireland’s midlands.
The Corncrake (Crex crex) could once be found throughout the island of Ireland. Now, after decades of habitat degradation, these birds are only found in the West and North-West, in areas of Donegal, Mayo and Connemara. In their sixth State of the Environment Report, released in November 2016, the EPA stated that, should current practices continue, … Continue reading New Management Plan for the Conservation of Corncrakes
Green Party Councillor, David Healy, has suggested that the introduction of Pine Martens to Howth would help to reduce the Grey Squirrel problems in the area. The Grey Squirrel populations on the peninsula are currently threatening the native Red Squirrel populations. The Councillor has stated that the Red Squirrel populations are continuing to be at … Continue reading Cllr. David Healy suggests bringing Pine Martens to Howth to reduce Grey Squirrel populations