Our Nature Blog – anything about nature that needs commenting on

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs), known colloquially as “European sites” and/or “Natura 2000 sites”, are the means by which European legislation protects threatened or rare habitats and species.

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The red fox (Vulpes vulpes), also known as madra rua or sionnach, is possibly the most distinctive native Irish mammal, with its orange fur, bushy white-tipped tail, and dog-like appearance.

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The robin holds a special place in people’s hearts. This perhaps relates back to the many stories told in Irish Folklore, of the robin often seen as a sign that a loved one is watching over you.

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Have your say on the draft Cork City Heritage and Biodiversity Plan (2021-2026) by joining the online workshop of the Planning Policy Section of Cork City Council. 

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