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The search for rare Irish plants

Dr Úna FitzPatrick, Senior Ecologist with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, explains the appeal of finding rare plants for the Rare Plant Monitoring Scheme Some people know I really like wild bees. Here’s a secret: I like wild plants even … Continued

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The Silent Extinction of Insects

Dr. Tomás Murray, Senior Ecologist with the National Biodiversity Data Centre explores our understanding of global insect losses   What’s happening globally? Fundamentally, insects are “the little things that run the world”, (E.O. Wilson, 1987) and this is why the … Continued

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IPBES & Ireland’s biodiversity crisis

The Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES) has published its global assessment on the state of the world’s biodiversity and ecosystem services. In a personal comment piece Dr. Liam Lysaght, Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre, reflects … Continued

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The biodiversity crisis requires global action

More than 3,000 delegates representing 196 governments & NGOs assembled in Egypt recently for the 14th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity. The 196 Governments, including Ireland, agreed to scale up investment in nature … Continued

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The fight to save the bees

Following publication of the mid-term review of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020, Dr Úna Fitzpatrick reflects on some of the achievements and challenges faced.     I haven’t worked a day in my life. – If that was the case … Continued

Read More on Where have all the insects gone?

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Where have all the insects gone?

  As a child, it was always my job to remove moths from my big sister’s bedroom. They were common visitors then and she was terrified of them, especially the big furry white moths which would flicker around the light … Continued