Hen Harrier Male Flying

The Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) is a medium sized ground nesting bird of prey which breeds between April and July in upland areas of Ireland, typically between 100m and 400m above sea level (Wilson et al., 2015). They spend winter at communal roost sites distributed throughout a broader range, including low-lying agricultural areas, blanket bog…

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Rhododendron ponticum

Rhododendron is a large evergreen shrub (growing up to 8m tall) that was introduced to Ireland as an ornamental plant in the 18th Century from Asia and north-west China. Although there are more than 900 species of Rhododendron, only one type, Rhododendron ponticum is invasive in Ireland. This species has dark green waxy, oblong leaves…

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Ornithology Survey Workshop

Southern Scientific Services’ ecologist Fiona Mc Auliffe attended an informative workshop run by BirdWatch Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Services in Mallow recently. The workshop focused on the annual Countryside Bird Survey (CBS) and The Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS). The CBS was initiated in 1998 and monitors widespread breeding bird populations throughout…

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