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Seeking out Ireland’s fragile snakes

A chance encounter with a dead Slow Worm on a lane in the Burren led to Nick Parry’s six-year quest to understand this mysterious reptile   The mysterious slow worm is a species of legless lizard with a snake-like appearance … Continued

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Recorders reach the 100,000th record mark in 2020!

  A significant milestone was reached recently when the number of records submitted through Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal in 2020 passed the 100,000 mark. The 100,000th record was of Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) or Mínscoth as Gaeilge and was from … Continued

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New meadow in a housing estate in Portlaoise

Practical advice on managing wildflower meadows

Anne Sundermann, Ricky Whelan and Brian Gaynor explain how natural meadows are flourishing under management practices of the Irish Wildlife Trust Laois/Offaly branch     One of the best and most successful ways for communities to promote biodiversity is by … Continued

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Grey Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria) © Lill Dunne

The secret life of solitary bees

  Dr Úna FitzPatrick, Senior Ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre and co-founder of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, introduces the amazing, little-known world of our solitary bees.   Have you ever heard of solitary bees? Many people have an … Continued

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The business of helping pollinators

When we published the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan at the end of 2015, I didn’t envisage businesses playing a big role in helping. I couldn’t have been more wrong! It seems like every time I quote the number of business supporters, … Continued

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