12 August 2016
Fighting the invaders Corkman

FIGHTING THE INVADERS

The Himalayan balsam, which was originally introduced as an ornamental plant has left its presence known as it is now classified as an invasive alien species of EU concern.

However as part of IRD Duhallow’s conservation work, the RaptorLIFE project is fast tackling the invasive species along the 126 kilometres of river, with the ultimate long term aim of eradicating it from the Upper Blackwater Catchment.

04 August 2016
Pokémon Go helping to promote love of nature

Computer games are often blamed for children spending less time outside. However, the new app Pokémon Go, is taking the world by storm and may in fact be good for promoting nature. It has already contributed in a small way to public engagement with nature. While searching outside for computer generated Pokémon, many gamers have also encountered real-life animals along the way. The hashtag #pokeblitz recently emerged on Twitter as a way for biologists to connect with Pokémon Go players who wanted help in identifying the animals they came in contact with. 

 

08 July 2016
Freshwater ecology workshop

FREE EVENT - Led by Freshwater Ecologist Dr. David McCormick

When: Saturday 13th August 2016 - 11am to 4pm

Where: IRD Duhallow, James O'Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co.Cork

- 11am Presentation on Freshwater Ecology

- 12pm lunch provided

- 12:30 Interactive fieldtrip to investigate native fish and freshwater insects

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: If interested please contact the IRD Duhallow RaptorLIFE team on; Phone: 029 60633; Email: john.ballinger@irdduhallow.com

 

24 June 2016
Removing Himalayan balsam within the Duhallow region

According to the World Conservation Union, invasive alien species are the second most significant threat to biodiversity, after habitat loss. Most introduced species do not become permanently established in their new environment, and of those that do, most never become a problem. However, the odd introduction thrives and flourishes in their new location, and out-competes native plants and animals for food, water and space. The impact of these invasives on native ecosystems, is severe and often irreversible, and can cost billions of euro each year.

 

20 June 2016
Common swift

The Duhallow Birdwatching group and IRD Duhallow RaptorLIFE are hosting an information Seminar on Thursday 23rd June entitled “The Amazing Swift” with guest Speaker Lynda Huxley.

27 May 2016
Developers awaiting removal of EU river mussel directive

Like the canary in the coalmine, Freshwater Pearl Mussels are an indicator of the health of Ireland’s rivers. With a lifespan of up to 120 years, the mussels were once widespread, but are now found in very few catchments. Ireland is estimated to hold around 46% of Europe’s Freshwater Pearl Mussel population, with the Munster Blackwater catchment said to have a large part of the national population.

25 May 2016
25 May 2016
25 May 2016
26 April 2016
Male Hen Harrier

The 2015 National Survey of Hen Harriers (the fourth national survey since 1998-2000) has shown that the Irish population has experienced further declines, including within some former strongholds for the species. The 2015 survey showed there are between 108 and 157 breeding pairs across Ireland, down by 8.7% since the last survey in 2010. However, increased survey effort complicates comparisons, and if only those squares surveyed in all years are taken into account a bleaker picture is painted.