Pollinators

On the 17th September 2015, Ireland, North and South, joined a small number of countries in Europe who have developed a strategy to address pollinator decline and protect pollination services

Sixty-eight governmental and non-governmental organisations agreed a shared Plan that identifies 81 actions to make Ireland pollinator friendly

http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/irish-pollinator-initiative/all-ireland-pollinator-plan/

 

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Ocean Currents

Could the world’s ocean be reaching the point where they no longer function as they used to?

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/research-hints-at-tipping-point-in-the-atlantics-currents/?amp=1&__twitter_impression=true

 

Network for Nature event

On the 10th March three of our members attended a Network For Nature Tidy Towns event in the Longford Arms with topics covering pollinators, water catchments, what auditors look for, water conservation projects, invasive species among other topics. It was an interesting an informative day, a number of exhibitors had brochures and displays.

One common theme in many communities today is the threat of Japanese Knot weed but did you know there is also a Himalayan knot weed as well. Kieran,  from Eco Advocacy gave us a short talk on some of the many species of invader in Ireland. The documents below were sent to us so please read for more information. As with any such species please consult with our Environmental Manager/County Council for advice before tackling these as you may make things worse.

ID_Fallopia_japonica_(Japanese_knotweed)ID_Gunnera_species_(Giant_rhubarb)ID_Heracleum_mantegazzianum_(Giant_Hogweed)ID_Impatiens_glandulifera_(Himalayan_Balsam)

 

Two videos

Two contrasting videos here. The first one was recorded by a diver off the coast of Bali. It shows the rubbish in the water. There is almost no haze or murk so how crystal clear would these waters be if the rubbish wasn’t there

 

Our second video is a local one, filmed by local man Jimmy Connell and was taken during the snow fall towards the end of February and shows our town.

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.

 

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