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Native Hedgerow

Creating a Biodiversity Bank

Native hedgerow Native hedgerow (1) Even though native hedgerows are excellent for enhancing biodiversity some people are reluctant to plant them because they mistakenly think they are difficult to create (1)Their creation does require some careful planning but when species are selected, and an order of planting decided the planting itself is very straightforward. Plant…

Biodiversity Banks

Native Hedgerows

Native Hedgerow Native hedgerow (1) Native hedgerows consisting of a wide variety of trees, shrubs and wildflowers are sometimes all that remains of ancient woodland.  Most, however, are field boundaries that were planted in the last couple of centuries when enclosure of fields occurred (1). Hedgehog (2) Speckled wood (3) They are often referred to…

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Detritivores in November

Audio version about Millipedes Decaying leaves (1) Animals that obtain nutrients by eating detritus which is dead animal and plant parts are called detritivores (1). They ingest the nutrients. Examples of detritivores are earthworms, slugs and snails, millipedes, dung beetles and the larvae of beetles and flies.On the other hand, organisms that break down dead…

Needles of Gold

The European Larch

Audio – The European Larch Spring larch (1) The European larch (Larix decidua) or Learóg in Irish is unique amongst conifers in this part of the world because it sheds its needle shaped leaves in autumn.  Conifers are usually evergreen. It is a native of mountainous regions in Central Europe and the Pyrenees.  The drooping…

Autumn Leaves

Brown Gold

Audio version of Brown Gold As billions of leaves accumulate in gardens, parks, driveways and roadsides people view them from two perspectives (1a; 1b). Leaves (1a) Leaves (1b) Perspective one views them as unsightly heaps, slip hazards, drain cloggers, destroyers of lawns, blockers of car vents, gutter obstructors and driving hazards.Perspective two views them as…

Spectacular Leaf Displays in October

Dying Days of Glorious Colour

Audio version of Glorious Colour As the light diminishes daily and temperatures drop deciduous trees and shrubs are triggered into action to cope with winter.  They know that with low light levels, shorter exposure to light and the possibility of freezing soils preventing their roots functioning properly it is going to be increasingly difficult to…

Sloe

Purple – Black, Bitter Drupes

Audio version of Purple – Black, Bitter Drupes Blackthorn blossom (2) Credit E.Ó Murchú The Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) or Draighean/Draighneán donn in Irish has produced a bounty of purple-black fruit in the hedgerows now (1).  These fruits which are covered in a blue waxy substance are called sloes or airní in Irish. They are classified…