Sphagnum mosses are plants that you might easily overlook as you squelch through our bogs. They are star players in the creation and persistence of these wetland 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.
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
How to deal with Japanese Knotweed while protecting nature
Japanese knotweed is a tall ornamental shrub with bamboo-like stems and pretty white flowers.
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.
World Environment Day 2020
There has never been a more important time to focus on biodiversity, the birds, bees, ants and mosses, and how we depend on them for everything we do! Its crazy to think about how much we actually depend on the environment and, more specifically on biodiversity, for EVERYTHING!