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

Garden Birds and how to help them

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Cork Nature Network have some great tips on how you can help biodiversity from your own back garden. Never underestimate how much you can contribute with a few simple changes. Today we look at how you can give garden birds a helping hand.

Providing a variety of food and shelter will attract different bird species to your garden. One of the most natural and sustainable ways to encourage birds into your own garden is by introducing plants which will provide shelter and an abundant food source such as seeds and berries. Native plants will also encourage native insects into your garden which birds can then feed on. Read more

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

The ozone layer…you hear about it; you know it is important but how much do you really know about it? Sometimes it is difficult to understand something we cannot see or touch but believe me, the ozone layer is extremely important. Without it, life as we know it would not exist.  International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer has been celebrated on the 16th of September since 1994. This year we celebrate 35 years of global ozone protection. Read on to find out what the ozone layer is, how it effects biodiversity and what is being done to protect it. Read more

Aposematic Variation

Marsh Fritillary

Why Blend in when you were born to stand out? This could be the motto for species which have evolved to be aposematic.  Aposematic variation is a term used to describe species which advertise their defence mechanisms to potential predators. This is usually in the form of bold colours and striking patterns making the species highly visible. It could also be a certain noise they make, protruding spikes, odour, bad taste of the organism or even a chemical deterrent. It is basically a warning sign that says, ‘stay away’. These signs, smells and characteristics of the prey make the predator weary, potentially resulting in the predator avoiding the prey altogether. Read more

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