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Illegal Dumping – Government to act

RTE News reports that there is to be a government crackdown on illegal dumping. I am unsure that the money allocated will be adequate to cover the country as a whole. Read more here…

https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0215/940864-illegal-dumping/

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St Christopher’s Habitat

Insects are crucial components of many ecosystems, where they perform many important functions. They aerate the soil, pollinate blossoms, and control insect and plant pests. Many insects, especially beetles, are scavengers, feeding on dead animals and fallen trees, thereby recycling nutrients back into the soil. As decomposers, insects help create top soil, the nutrient-rich layer of soil that helps plants grow. Burrowing bugs, such as ants and beetles, dig tunnels that provide channels for water, benefiting plants. Bees, wasps, butterflies, and ants pollinate flowering plants. Gardeners love the ladybird and praying mantis because they control the size of certain insect populations, such as aphids and caterpillars, which feed on new plant growth.
Birds are obviously important members of many ecosystems. They are integral parts of food chains and food webs. In a woodland ecosystem for example, some birds get their food mainly from plants. Others chiefly eat small animals, such as insects or earthworms. Birds and bird eggs, in turn, serve as food for such animals as foxes, raccoons, and snakes. The feeding relationships among all the animals in an ecosystem help prevent any one species from becoming too numerous. Birds play a vital role in keeping this balance of nature.
The once common sight of hedgehogs in gardens could become a thing of the past, with the spiny species having suffered a dramatic decline in recent years on a par with the loss of starlings, red squirrels and other wildlife.
Tidy Towns today put up a number insect boxes, bird boxes and nesting boxes and hedgehog houses to try to encourage these valuable sections of our ecosystems and we’d like tot hank St Christophers for their permission to erect these in the small habitat area on the Granard Road.

 

Recycling Workshop

This Wednesday, 7 Feb at 6.00pm, Leah Comaskey (from http://voiceireland.org) presents a Recycling Workshop at Longford Library. This recycling workshop will include a particular focus on reducing and recycling household waste and what can and cannot go into each of your bins. Please come along. Please share and mention to friends.

This has been organised by Longford Tidy Towns

Irish Bogs

Duncan Stewart investigates the technical, social and environmental implications of restoring and protecting the country’s bogs from the activities of cutting and burning.

This link leads to the RTE player – this video will be viewable until 15th February

Watch Here

Water Crisis

An interesting and alarming article.

Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, African penguins, sunshine and sea, is a world-renowned tourist destination. But it could also become famous for being the first major city in the world to run out of water.

Read more on the BBC website
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42626790

 

 

Ocean pollution

This is an interesting article on ocean pollution on the BBC News website – well worth a read.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42190678

New railings

Our new railings have been started – they add a nice new look to this part of the town. They are built in sections – if one gets damaged it can be repaired/replaced – looking forward to seeing these finished and the new seats installed to complete the job.