10 curious distributions
Ireland is a relatively small island, yet many species that live here have limited distributions or are confined to specific sites. Studying species that have restricted distributions in Ireland tells us a great deal about the environmental and ecological conditions necessary for their survival, and can provide valuable insights into how factors such as climate and land use change is impacting on the environment. This is one reason why documenting and mapping species’ distributions is so important. Here are examples of 10 species that have curious distributions in Ireland.