Walking through the woods, forests and even cities in Ireland you will have, at some point, observed Bryophytes scattered throughout the landscape. So, what exactly are they and what habitats to find them in?

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Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs), known colloquially as “European sites” and/or “Natura 2000 sites”, are the means by which European legislation protects threatened or rare habitats and species.

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Not everyone is a fan of rodents, but you might find yourself making an exception for the undeniably cute hazel dormouse – Muscardinus avellanarius (Family: Gliridae).

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The Native Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus) vs the Invasive Greater White-Toothed Shrew (Crocidura russula), who will win?

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The red fox (Vulpes vulpes), also known as madra rua or sionnach, is possibly the most distinctive native Irish mammal, with its orange fur, bushy white-tipped tail, and dog-like appearance.

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Calcareous grasslands are highly diverse habitats forming where soil fertility and acidity is low, and where moderate grazing and browsing by livestock helps to balance the competition between plant species.

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The robin holds a special place in people’s hearts. This perhaps relates back to the many stories told in Irish Folklore, of the robin often seen as a sign that a loved one is watching over you.

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You’ve definitely seen them. The rabbits on the roundabout at Dunkettle have been there for as long as we can remember.

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Have your say on the draft Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity Plan (2021-2026) by joining the online workshop of the Planning Policy Section of Cork City Council. 

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Springtime is officially upon us and nature is waking up from its winter slumber. Days are getting longer; daffodils are blooming, and frog spawn is a plenty!

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