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On 31 July 2004 a tornado that was unusual in several ways occurred in the west of Ireland. It had an anticyclonic, rather than the more normal cyclonic, rotation, and it occurred under relatively unpromising synoptic conditions, where there was a slack surface-pressure gradient close to the...
This study addresses the classification of grassland and heath communities found within the Burren uplands of Co. Clare and identifies threats to their integrity. Quadrats were taken on a range of sites, focusing on semi-natural, upland grassland and heath of conservation interest. Before...
Visual surveys and acoustic monitoring of harbour porpoises were conducted between July and October 2007 within the Blasket Islands' candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) to derive density estimates and acoustic-detection rates. A total of 44 sightings of 102 individual harbour porpoises...
Lampreys are endangered in Europe, and European states are legally required to take measures to ensure their protection. However, there is currently little information on the distribution of the three species present in Northern Ireland. Anecdotal records of adult lampreys were collated from...
Studies over two decades have shown a marked trend towards a decrease in blood lead levels in the mute swan ( Cygnus olor ) in parts of Ireland. However, this study shows that a small percentage of some populations of mute swans in Co. Cork still have significantly elevated lead levels, causing...
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