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

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

Irish Terns

Ireland hosts five species of tern, migratory seabirds which breed on our coasts and inland lakes in the summer months before migrating to warmer climes in the winter. The roseate tern breeds in huge numbers on Rockabill Island, where the colony is vitally important to the species’ European population as a whole. Climate change and invasive species threaten our terns, but work is ongoing to protect them and ensure their breeding success. Read more

The Wood Mouse

The Wood Mouse

Did you know that Ireland is home to several rodent species including the little wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)? Due to its long tail it is often referred to as the ‘long tail field mouse’ and this is where its Irish name ‘Luch Féir’ comes from. They are on average 8-10cm in length and weigh a tiny 25 grams…that is about 5 sugar cubes!

The wood mouse is often mistaken for the common house mouse, although the wood mouse has some distinguishing features including its large eyes, ears, and a much longer tail. Read more

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