The rocky shore ecosystem is a wonderful example of how many layers of sub-habitats can intertwine with each other but differ fundamentally, whilst still sharing close proximity to one another. Various environmental pressures such as salinity, water, wind and oxygen play the master roles here in determining where organisms dwell and build communities.

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Cork Nature Network is currently involved in building a Community Biodiversity Action Plan in Bandon, in collaboration with Bandon Environmental Action Group (BEAG) and Avondhu Blackwater Partnership and with the support of funding from LEADER.

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The Eurasian otter is a semiaquatic mammal that belongs to the Mustelidae family of carnivorous mammals; along with ferrets, badgers and wolverines. Also known as the European otter, Eurasian river otter, Old World otter, and the elusive common otter. It is native to Eurasia and is the most widely distributed of all thirteen otter species.

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Cork Nature Network are working with Offaly Local Development Company and Local Authorities Water Programme to deliver two local water biodiversity action plans for County Offaly.

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Beaumont quarry is a unique natural location within Cork city.

It is an old abandoned limestone quarry that lies adjacent to Pairc Uí Rinn and Temple Hill, just southeast of the city centre. Not only is it an important place for recreation, it is also very important for local biodiversity and wildlife conservation. Given its close proximity to the city, Beaumont quarry is a haven for Cork’s urban wildlife.

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Cork Nature Network is committed to protecting Ireland’s wildlife through education, research and conservation. For this reason, CNN has engaged in a long-term project to study and protect Ireland’s otter population.

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When you look in bushes, under rocks, or anywhere there is grass, there is a good chance you will find small invertebrate animals like; ants, bumblebees, ladybugs, beetles, and worms – commonly known as bugs by many. However, there is a slight taxonomic difference between true bugs and insects.

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There are 35 known mammal species found in Ireland. Most of these mammals are land dwelling. The most common terrestrial mammals are the hedgehog, stoat, red fox, otter, badger, red squirrel and bank vole (1).

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