The #givenatureachance campaign is born with one simple, but very important goal in mind. That is to promote the well-being of Ireland’s wildlife by raising awareness and educating the public.

These are difficult times; for most of us, how we work, how we socialise, has changed. In the midst of COVID-19, We all feel a sense of uncertainty towards the future. However, there is a silver lining to be found. Slowing down, spending more time in gardens and local parks, is leading to an increased awareness towards nature. Social Media posts, articles and pictures, show how nature starts to thrive on it’s own, when it is given a chance.

This has been the inspiration behind our new campaign “#givenatureachance”

We want us all to come together and use the tools at our disposal, such as social media and digital platforms to teach about the natural world around us, and provide simple facts and tips how anyone can actively help give nature a chance. We want to transmit the passion Cork Nature Network has for nature, to show that anyone can get involved and help promote biodiversity.

#givenatureachance #biodiversityaware #wildaboutnature

Hoverfly Larvae Lagoon


Hoverfly larvae are about as pretty as any other maggot, but grow into important pollinators and members of our ecosystems, as well as accomplished mimics of bees and wasps. Their nurseries are in stagnant pools of water that are uncommon in most gardens – however, we can help out with nothing more than some garden waste, water, a milk bottle, and a few minutes cutting. Read more

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

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