Yes it’s beautiful. Yes it’s a tourist attraction in places. Yes it was brought in by humans. Yes it severely impacts on many of our woodland and bog areas & yes it is too late to eradicate or even contain it from most places in Ireland. Rhododendron ponticum slowly kills our woodlands.
Muntjac deer (Muntiacus reevesi) are from Asia but have been seen in Ireland. There is NO WAY they naturally spread to here from Asia or neighbouring countries. They were intentionally brought in. If they establish they could add additional pressure to our woodlands.
#ReportInavsives to Help Stop Spread. When a sighting is verified a species alert is issued and a rapid response will be triggered to try to find and remove the animal from the wild.
Report suspected sightings with a photo if possible: https://records.biodiversityireland.ie/record/invasives#7/53.455/-8.016
This Pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) is a carnivorous plant that has been found in important bog habitats where it threatens native plants. When you look at the distribution map it is in a surprising number of sites in Ireland. If you see it