Save the Bogs campaign new website launched

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The Irish Peatland Conservation Council has launched its new website at www.ipcc.ie. 

Lots of new content and a great read for those that want to learn more about these wetlands and wild places. 

Record Invasive Species discoveries on an App


Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) have developed an app for your smart phone (Android) to identify and report Invasive species (includes plants and animals and visual key to help with identification). You can download it for free from Google play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ie.mac.habitats&hl=en_GB

Or read more about the app and its launch at http://afloat.ie/inland/inland-waterways/item/19370-minister-launches-invasive-species-app-for-smartphones

Good to see IFI are tackling Invasive Species issue from all angles and a smartphone app is a good way to go on this problem, for people fishing on freshwater areas and botanists out for a stroll.

Now if only there was one for the iPhone or iPad...... 

The Louth Wetland Survey 2012 reveals some exciting new finds

In conjunction with Wetland Surveys Ireland I have been involved as project leader on the second survey of a range of wetlands habitats in county Louth during July 2012.

The survey located the first site record in Louth for the invasive species Nymphoides peltatus (syn. Villarsia nymphaeoides, Fringed Water-lily, Yellow Floating-heart, Water Fringe) located near Greenore on the Carlingford Peninsula (Photo: P. Crushell). 

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Epipactis palustris (Marsh Helleborine) was located on a Cladium mariscus fen also near Greenore (Photo: F. Wilson), which represents only the second record for the county. 

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And the second only site for Pyrola rotundifolia (A Flora Protection Order species) was also discovered in Louth on a transition mire south of Dunleer (Photo: F. Wilson)

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Have you spotted us ??

Wetland Surveys Ireland logo can now be seen throughout Ireland during survey work on wetlands - thanks to the stylish logo being sported by one of our survey vehicles. Hopefully this will make people less concerned when they see "wierd people" looking into bog holes and wet places in their locality !

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Visit to Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia

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In July I spent a week in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia. The county is a wildlife paradise. Bogs and mires, wetlands, and the Baltic coast with sandunes and the Curonian Spit (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). 

I have uploaded a small selection of photographs from my visit onto my Picasa web album, including some images from Poland taken on route. During the visit the main sites visited in the Kaliningrad Oblast included:

1. Wetlands and raised bog nature reserve of Grosses Moosbruch at Gromovo (formerly Hohenbruch/Lauknen).

2. Amber mines and the Baltic coast at Yantarny.

3. Sand dune and mixed conifer and birch woodland habitats on the Curonian Spit (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

4. Rural church at Gvardeyskoye (formerly Muhlhausen).

Thanks to Valeriy Surodeev my tour guide for organising a fantastic 6 day itinerary - only a shame it was not twice as long !

You can see the photographs here

© Peter Foss 2012