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Ennis
Co. Clare
Contact Person: Shane Casey
Email: scasey@clarecoco.ie
Phone: (065) 6846499

 

County Clare is bursting at the seams with Biodiversity, from the common Daisy to the rare and beautiful Orchids of the Burren. 

 

It can be full of grace and agility like the Choughs at Loophead, or slow but steady like a Garden Snail.  It can come right up close like the Ducks at Lough Derg, or be as elusive as the Pine Martens at Dromore Woods.  It can be cute like a Hedgehog, or comical like a Puffin.  It can be big and strong like an Oak in a Wood, or as fragile as a Butterfly in a Bog.  It can inspire us, make us smile, or simply take our breath away.  In any event, it is ours. 

 

The Biodiversity of County Clare is ours to embrace and enjoy with our families, ours to share with our visitors, and most importantly, ours to protect and conserve. 

 

We are a part of the Biodiversity of County Clare.  Let it be part of us.  Keep an eye out for, and support, the many events and activities being held across County Clare to raise awareness and understanding of our Biodiversity.

 

BIOBLITZ  2011

 

 

Yes it’s true, a queen carder bee was one of an impressive 688 species recorded at Dromore Woods Bioblitz this weekend which smashed Connemara’s record from last year by an incredible 150 species, but alas we were pipped to the post by Killarney who recorded an amazing 1088 species over the 24 hours.

 

Friday evening saw good crowds attending the public events, with some future botanists showing a keen interest in the plant identification course, while kids (big ones and little ones) were amazed by the tiny creatures emerging from their nets during the pond dipping events.  One lucky youngster even found a Hairy Dragonfly, which is quite a rare species.

An impressive seven out of the nine Irish species of bats were recorded during the bat walk, and those present even had a chance to get up close and personal with a tiny Pipistrelle.

 

The non-stop downpour didn’t dampen affairs on Saturday, with the die-hard nature enthusiasts being greeted by strange and wonderful moths in all shapes and sizes, collected during the night, with some of the most imaginative names such as nut-trees, little emeralds, tissues, triple-lines, elephant hawks, carpets and many more.  While there may not have been many butterflies, there was no shortage of tiny frogs to keep young minds entertained, not to mention aquariums full of eels, lamprey, perch, pike and trout.

 

A truly wonderful weekend had by all, with full credit to all the recorders and volunteers who gave an excellent account of Dromore Woods, and showed just how much biodiversity can be experienced right here on our own doorstep.

 

 

 


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