Category Archives for "All News"

Jul 31

Species of the week: Wych Elm

Wych Elm Ulmus glabra Leamhán sléibhe The Wych elm is the only native elm in Ireland. It is a wide ranging Elm tree, it can be found from Ireland to Russia and as far north as the Arctic Circle. They are typically mountainous species preferring moist soils and higher humidity’s, its name in Irish means […]

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Jul 31

Species of the week: Brown Hawker Dragonfly

Brown Hawker Dragonfly Aeshna grandis Seabhcaí Ómrach The brown hawker is large common dragonfly found in Ireland, it is distinctive because of its chocolate brown colouring. They grow to 7.3cm long and have a wingspan of 10.2cm. Both males and females are similar looking but can be distinguished as males have blue dots on their […]

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Jul 19

Species of the week: Small spotted catshark / lesser-spotted dogfish

Small spotted catshark/ lesser-spotted dogfish Scyliorhinus canicul Catsúileach ballach/ Fiogach Beag Commonly known as dogfish, the small spotted catshark is one of 71 cartilaginous sharks found in Irish waters. From a recent report published by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) (Clarke, et al., 2016) on the status of sharks in Irish Waters they […]

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Jul 10

Species of the week: Enchanter’s nightshade

Enchanter’s nightshade Circaea lutetiana Fuinseagach Enchanter’s nightshade is a small plant with long stems and broad leaves, it can grow to 20-50cm or taller and it has small white flowers at the head of each stem. The flowers which are very distinctive as they only have two petals that are deeply cleft, making it look […]

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Jul 08

PRESS RELEASE: Dramatic new research shows the power of trees in addressing global climate breakdown.

PRESS RELEASE: Dramatic new research shows the power of trees in addressing global climate breakdown. 08th July 2019 Dramatic new research, published in the journal ‘Science’ demonstrates the incredible powers of trees to drawdown carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The researchers suggested this should be among the priority actions in dealing with climate breakdown. The […]

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Jul 03

Species of the Week: Scots pine

Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris Péine Albanach The Scots pine is one of Ireland’s three native coniferous trees. It is found across Eurasia from Ireland to Siberia, it was believed that it had died out in Ireland around 2000 years ago but has since been reintroduced for plantations in the 17th century. Tree stumps have been […]

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Jun 26

Species of the week: Marsh fritillary

Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia  Fritileán Réisc The Marsh Fritillary Butterfly is one of Ireland’s few legally protected Butterflies. It is protected under Annex II of the European Union Habitats and Species Directive. They have an orange and cream square pattern on their wings and can be identified by their distinctive cream bands on their underwing. […]

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Jun 26

Species of the Week: Nettle

Nettle Urtica dioica Neantóg The Common or Stinging Nettle is a highly successful plant found all over the temperate areas of the world. It spreads by means of seeds and underground rhizomes that creep around just under the surface of the soil. The jagged leaves held in pairs along the square stems are easily recognisable […]

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Jun 20

Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes Coillte forest initiative which is potentially very significant for nature

Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes Coillte forest initiative which is potentially very significant for nature 20th June 2019 The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) strongly welcomes Coillte’s announcement that a new division of the company is to be devoted to biodiversity and non-commercial objectives. This is a very significant step towards creating large areas of […]

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Jun 18

PRESS RELEASE: Nature largely missing from the government Climate Action Plan

PRESS RELEASE: Nature largely missing from the government Climate Action Plan 18 June 2019 The Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes the publication of the government’s Climate Action Plan but is disappointed that nature – and addressing the biodiversity/extinction crisis in particular – is largely ignored. We welcome the commitment to better manage hedgerows and soils in […]

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May 21

People for Bees in National Biodiversity Week

People for Bees in National Biodiversity Week The IWT People for Bees programme had a great opening weekend to National Biodiversity Week, with a double bill of bee monitoring workshops. We were in St Enda’s park in Rathfarnham Co Dublin on Saturday and in Letterkenny Institute of Technology on Sunday. Both bee monitoring events were […]

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May 20

Floating Classroom onboard Celtic Mist

Floating Classroom onboard Celtic Mist 20th May 2019 A group of Ireland’s environmental NGOs are teaming up this spring for a rather unique education project lead by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.  The exciting Floating Classroom initiative is combining ocean exploration with an educational schools programme which aims to raise awareness of Ireland’s marine […]

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May 18

Discover your nature this National Biodiversity Week

Discover your nature this National Biodiversity Week For the Irish Wildlife Trust, National Biodiversity Week is one of the most important and enjoyable weeks of the year. It is an opportunity for people across the country to get out and experience the biodiversity we still have in Ireland. There is a huge amount to discover […]

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May 13

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust accuses the Office of Public Works in acting unlawfully in destroying large sections of the River Newport in Limerick

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust accuses the Office of Public Works in acting unlawfully in destroying large sections of the River Newport in Limerick The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has accused the Office of Public Works (OPW) in acting unlawfully when clearing a 3km stretch of river habitat along the River Newport in Co. Limerick […]

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May 07

PRESS RELEASE: IWT is calling on the government to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency following the publication of the latest UN report

PRESS RELEASE: IWT is calling on the government to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency following the publication of the latest UN report 06 May 2019 The Irish Wildlife Trust is calling on the government to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency following the publication of the latest UN report to warn of catastrophic consequences […]

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Mar 28

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust objects to Bord na Móna’s plans for a 24-turbine wind farm within the Shannon Wilderness Park

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust objects to Bord na Móna’s plans for a 24-turbine wind farm within the Shannon Wilderness Park 28th March 2019 The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has submitted an objection to An Bord Pleanala against Bord na Móna’s proposed Derryadd 24-turbine wind farm in the heart of the proposed Shannon Wilderness Park […]

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Feb 20

Together for Biodiversity Award Winners

The Irish Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce the winners of the Together for Biodiversity Awards. The awards were presented to the category winners at the National Biodiversity Conference by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan. The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the work being carried out by individuals, communities, schools, […]

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Feb 12

A Lament for our Peatlands

A lament for our peatlands What a let down. After being invited to an Oireachtas hearing to “discuss preserving biodiversity and ecosystems of peatlands” I had thought that here was an chance to talk openly with law-makers about the threats and opportunities facing our bedragled bogs. Even the press release from the ‘Joint Committee on […]

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Dec 18

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust calls on the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action to ensure that nature is central to its recommendations.

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust calls on the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action to ensure that nature is central to its recommendations. The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has made a written submission to the Committee on Climate Action, calling on its members to recognise the important role that nature conservation can play in mitigating climate […]

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Nov 27

Restoring nature must be central to climate action

Restoring nature must be central to climate action By Padraic Fogarty, IWT Campaigns Officer Two reports in the past two months focussed the world’s attention – if only briefly – on the dire state of our planet. The first, from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) laid out in stark terms how there […]

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