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)

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Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)

Holly Blue is a little blue-coloured butterfly that is native to Ireland. They are continuously in-flight throughout their natural range from early April to late June and once again then in early August to early September. They have a wingspan of only 1.5 inches which illustrates their tiny size. Holly Blue's mostly obtain their food sources … Continue reading Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)

Irish Public asked to report sightings of Curlew!

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!

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)

Teagasc Agri-Environment Conference takes place this week

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