Our Nature Blog – anything about nature that needs commenting on

By Eve Moore

Effective communication is critical for raising awareness of climate change and inspiring action. This communication can range from a simple conversation to a seminar, however, regardless of scale, any conversation that occurs around climate change is important. One method of climate change communication that is particularly effective, and also serves as a creative outlet, is the communication that occurs through art and culture.

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The rocky shore ecosystem is a wonderful example of how many layers of sub-habitats can intertwine with each other but differ fundamentally, whilst still sharing close proximity to one another. Various environmental pressures such as salinity, water, wind and oxygen play the master roles here in determining where organisms dwell and build communities.

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The Eurasian otter is a semiaquatic mammal that belongs to the Mustelidae family of carnivorous mammals; along with ferrets, badgers and wolverines. Also known as the European otter, Eurasian river otter, Old World otter, and the elusive common otter. It is native to Eurasia and is the most widely distributed of all thirteen otter species.

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When you look in bushes, under rocks, or anywhere there is grass, there is a good chance you will find small invertebrate animals like; ants, bumblebees, ladybugs, beetles, and worms – commonly known as bugs by many. However, there is a slight taxonomic difference between true bugs and insects.

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There are 35 known mammal species found in Ireland. Most of these mammals are land dwelling. The most common terrestrial mammals are the hedgehog, stoat, red fox, otter, badger, red squirrel and bank vole (1).

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Seaweeds have high value both ecologically and economically. Which ones can be found in Ireland?

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In 2019, the Dail declared a biodiversity crisis, stating that the destruction of species, wildlife, flora and fauna is the greatest threat that our planet has ever faced.

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Rewilding is a conservation practice that involves allowing ecosystems and habitats to be restored through natural processes.

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