Saturday, November 22, 2008
From the National Biodiversity Data Centre, we welcome their excellent recent publication. This has an interesting article on Algae. If you want to find out more, check the AlgaeBase.
There is an overview of Invasive Species Ireland. The Invasive Species Ireland project is a joint venture between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the National Parks and Wildlife service to implement the recommendations of the 2004 Invasive Species Ireland Report. Click on Alien Watch to submit a sighting. Another interesting section is the Most Unwanted species section. Under downloads, there are Best Practice Management Guidance documents and Codes of Practice...well worth a browse.
The Flora of County Waterford is introduced in the latest publication and begins with the records provided by Paul Green, vice-County recorder with the Botanical Society of the British isles. We look forward to the Biodiversity Mapping System being available to the public online to submit their sightings and to find out where the invasive species have already got to. The sneak preview at the recent seminar looked impressive.
There is an article on Biodiversity Tales which introduces the reader to the word licheneering! Another interesting website is Non Native Species.org. The best downloads here are the Identification sheets. Scroll down the homepage to the bottom.
Galway County Council have an interesting part of their website called Alien Species. If you have a particular interest in the Zebra Mussel or Aquatic Invasives, there are some nice posters to download in pdf format.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Two new publications could interest viewers:
- The Economic and Social Aspects of Biodiversity: benefits and costs of Biodiversity in Ireland. (for more information check this weblink)
- The Status of EU Protected Habitats and Species in Ireland (download here)
- Raising Awareness…Outdoor science week, Biodiversity Webpage, Biodiversity Day, Heritage week events
- Addressing Information gaps…surveys and research, links with National Biodiversity Data Centre, WIT links.
- Maintaining and enhancing Biodiversity….roadside planting schemes, creation of wetlands, retention of hedgerows in new developments.
- Training for County Council staff and elected members to inform best practice for biodiversity e.g. hedgerow spraying, Bats and Bridges.
- Compliance with Cathcment Plans for freshwater mussel.
- Invasive Species seminar on November 22nd (as part of awareness programme)…see full details and download application form here. She outlined some of the main culprits such as Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and the Grey Squirrel. Dr Peter Turner is looking for volunteers to take part in this survey.
- Publish Wetlands Survey (remember sitting in the same room years ago discussing this issue of lesser known, poorly protected wetlands)
- Install information signage for habitats such as Tramore at public access points
- Introduce measures to protect and enhance coastal biodiversity
Thursday, November 6, 2008
You are invited to the AGM of the Irish Wildlife Trust, Waterford Branch on Monday November 10th 2008 at the Marina Hotel, Canada St., Waterford at 8 pm.
The AGM will be preceded by a
by Bernadette Guest, Biodiversity Officer, Waterford County Council
If you want to view the Biodiversity Plan, check out the County Council website.