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The hen harrier in Ireland has suffered a loss in numbers and distribution, primarily through habitat loss, and persecution. Further declines are possible if current issues (involving public opinion, forestry, wind farming and loss of traditional farming practices) are not addressed. Without...
Peatlands in Ireland have been subject to peat extraction and drainage for many years, with detrimental effects on the flora and fauna of the ecosystem. Blanket bog has been listed for protection under Annex 1 of the EU habitats directive, making the conservation of intact bogs as well as the...
The diversity and distribution of Agaricomycete species in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) is examined and the records are compared with similar records from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The number of Agaricomycete species recorded from Ireland is much lower than in the other...
Mysis salemaai forms an important part of the food web, linking the trophic networks of the pelagic and benthic zones. This study examined the current distribution of M. salemaai in Ireland and the species was recorded from eight lakes. This included some previously known one-off records...
Genetic diversity can play a key role in the survival of endangered species. Both the number and size of populations of a species can affect genetic diversity and may be reduced by fragmentation of natural habitats. Here we examine the effects of a low number of populations and small population...
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