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Damage to young trees in a new plantation caused by the browsing activities of Irish hares, Lepus timidus hibernicus , commenced within one month of the completion of planting. The browsing was most intense in spring and early summer. Removal of the apical shoot was the most common form of...
Baled grass silage is an important ruminant feedstuff in Ireland. Bird attacks to the plastic stretch film surrounding the bales are a considerable problem. We carried out a national survey of bird activity in silage fields and a local crop utilisation survey and made observations of harvested...
In Ireland, triangular club-rush ( Schoenoplectus triqueter ) is found only in the upper part of the Shannon Estuary below Limerick City. It forms a large and apparently stable population here, in contrast to Britain, where it has declined precipitously in recent years. S. triqueter is found in...
The occurrence of dung beetles in the diet of hooded crows ( Corvus corone cornix L.) was examined in order to identify possible biases in predation that could influence the structure of local dung beetle assemblages. Pellets and gizzards collected in southern Ireland indicated that crows fed...
The smelt ( Osmerus eperlanus L.) is a little-known indigenous fish species in Ireland. All known Irish populations are anadromous. A total of 173 smelt were captured using a variety of fishing methods in Waterford Estuary over the period June 1997—June 1998. Analyses of the stomach contents...
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