Common Frog, Native Amphibian

Native Amphibians

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Ireland has three species of native amphibian: Common Frog, Smooth Newt and Natterjack Toad. The Common Frog and Smooth Newt are found widespread throughout Ireland. However, the Natterjack Toad  is restricted to only some parts of Kerry and Wexford.  We are focusing on frogs and newts here as we looked at the Kingdom Toad (aka […]

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Red Squirrel Appreciation Day, 21 January

Red Squirrel Appreciation Day

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21 January is Red Squirrel Appreciation Day, which is celebrated annually.  We all love to see these charismatic mammals in their natural habitat but how much do you know about them?  Here is a summary of facts about the lovely red squirrel (in a nutshell). Red squirrels are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act […]

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Ecology and Data Centers Merge

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Maeve Riley, Lead Ecologist at EcoÉireann, attended an event hosted by Data Centre Ireland on 20th and 21st November 2018, which focused on the role and provision of data centres in Ireland. She was highly impressed with the speakers and talks held as part of this event. Conall Boland, of An Bord Pleanála, set the […]

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Another Bat Survey Season Completed

Another Bat Survey Season Completed

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Another successful bat survey season for EcoNorth has finally drawn to a close.  After a slow start, requests for our surveys flooded in and kept the team very busy over the summer period throughout North East England and further afield. The team successfully identified roosts at numerous sites and observed a wide variety of species […]

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Bat Mitigation Class Licence’ (BMCL)

Natural England’s Bat Mitigation Class Licence (BMCL)

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Natural England are updating their Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL), including changing the name. Over the next few months, the small proportion of Ecologists who have passed an exam set by Natural England will begin registering sites under the renamed ‘Bat Mitigation Class Licence’ (BMCL). In a change to current conditions, Registered Consultants who […]

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natterjack toad

The Natterjack Toad

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Ireland has just three species of amphibians, which are animals that live both on land and in water.  Their breeding and juvenile period occurs in and around still water while their adult life is generally spent on land. In Ireland we have common frogs, smooth newts and natterjack toads.  Where frogs and frog spawn are […]

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Professional surveys of hibernating bats including Brown long-eared bat, Plecotus auritus, Irish bats, UK bats

10 Reasons to Appreciate Bats

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Here at EcoEireann and at EcoNorth we all have a passion for bats, and how fitting there is a recognised day for us to share the love on 17th April, on Bat Appreciation Day! (It may be over in the US, but we feel everyday should be Bat Appreciation Day). The bat survey season is […]

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St Patrick, Snakes, Reptiles, Common Lizard

The Banishing of the Snakes

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Saturday 17 of March Commemorates St. Patrick’s Day, the patron saint of Ireland. St Patrick, born in Roman occupied Britain, was taken captive as child by Irish pirates, who brought to Ireland to tend sheep as a slave. He was eventually able to escape and return to England where he became a priest. Having fallen […]

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