Why Blend in when you were born to stand out? This could be the motto for species which have evolved to be aposematic. Aposematic variation is a term used to describe species which advertise their defence mechanisms to potential predators. This is usually in the form of bold colours and striking patterns making the species highly visible. It could also be a certain noise they make, protruding spikes, odour, bad taste of the organism or even a chemical deterrent. It is basically a warning sign that says, ‘stay away’. These signs, smells and characteristics of the prey make the predator weary, potentially resulting in the predator avoiding the prey altogether.
Rewilding – The Dunsany Nature Reserve
Rewilding is a somewhat radical approach to conservation, which aims to restore natural ecosystem processes by giving nature space to grow and function. It sometimes also involves the reintroduction of key native species which plays a big role in the functioning of the ecosystem, such as large herbivores and carnivores.
National Heritage Week 2020
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our usual activities for Heritage Week (workshops, picnic) have been canceled. Those activities have been replaced by online events, hosted on Zoom.
The Irish Hare needs your help now!
Have you ever been out in the Irish countryside, soaking up the view of the fields, hills, woodlands, maybe a bumbling stream in the background, and SUDDENLY your eye catches an Irish Hare! Over there, running across the field, at full speed, it is huge, you can see the white of its tail!
International Climate Change Day
On June 21st we are midway through 2020, the year of unprecedented events.
Global Wind Day
Did you know that grassland areas such as fields cover between 61 and 62% of the entire island of Ireland?
Seals in Ireland
Irish waters are home to two different species of seal – the grey seal, and the common seal, which is also sometimes called the harbour seal.
Freshwater Pearl Mussels
Freshwater pearl mussels are molluscs that help to filter the water of our rivers and lakes. They have a fascinating life cycle that depends on using salmon and trout as nurseries! Sadly, the mussel is sensitive to environmental change, and is threatened by pollution of the water in which it lives. By managing the waste products of farming and forestry, we can help to not only save the mussel, but also the pristine waterways in which it lives.
World Ocean Day
Did you know that Ireland’s coastline is roughly 1,448 kilometers long? (and believe us, it is very rough!).
Today we’ll be looking at the marvel that is the ocean, it’s nooks and crannies, and how you can help preserve it for future generations.
World Environment Day 2020
There has never been a more important time to focus on biodiversity, the birds, bees, ants and mosses, and how we depend on them for everything we do! Its crazy to think about how much we actually depend on the environment and, more specifically on biodiversity, for EVERYTHING!