Sphagnum Moss… Builder of the Bog

Sphagnum mosses are plants which you might easily overlook as you squelch through our bogs. They are star players in the creation and persistence of these wetlands though, thanks to their ability to retain water. They provide habitats and soil conditions for a wide variety of wildlife, and are part of the vital carbon storage system that Irish bogs provide. Read more

Yellow Rattle… a Meadow Builder

Yellow rattle is a pretty but otherwise inconspicuous flower that grows in grasslands. Beneath the soil, it harbours a dark secret however – it is a plant vampire, attaching to the roots of other plants and leeching away their nutrients. Far from being a villain, it has an important role to play in maintaining the competitive balance between grasses and other plants, and can be a useful tool in establishing a more diverse wildflower meadow. Read more

How to deal with Japanese Knotweed while protecting nature

Japanese knotweed is a tall ornamental shrub with bamboo-like stems and pretty white flowers. It is also a serious problem for our native biodiversity, shading out its competition, and poisoning the soil for other plants. Evidence for it destroying buildings might be a little bit overstated, but it is nevertheless a troublesome invader that must be dealt with carefully lest it spread even further. Read more

Global Wind Day

Did you know that grassland areas such as fields cover between 61 and 62% of the entire island of Ireland? (as per CSO, 2016), although little of this actually accounts for native semi-natural grassland habitats, the areas most of benefit to Irish biodiversity and pollinators. Read more

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. Read more

The Flora of Inner-city Cork

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As many plant enthusiasts have observed over the past few weeks, flowering season is finally upon us. Across County Cork, the odd bright splash of spring colour is already in evidence for the sharp-eyed naturalist, as multitude species of flowering plants shrug off their wintery slumber. Read more

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