Dublin Wetland Survey - Rathcoole Park

As part of the project to survey the wetlands of County Dublin being undertaken by Foss Enviornmental Consulting, a recent site visit to Rathcoole Park in west Dublin revealed some interesting finds on the wetlands and grassland areas within the park. 

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One of the man made ponds in Rathcoole Park.

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Alderfly (possibly Sialis lutaria) on Glyceria maxima leaf. 

Alderfly eggs (possibly Sialis lutaria) on Glyceria maxima leaf. From Wikipedia... "The females lay a vast number of eggs upon grass stems near water. When the larvae are born they drop into the water or the ground nearby it and make their way into their new aquatic biome"

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Tetragnatha extensa, a Stretch Spider egg case on Glyceria maxima leaves which mimics a bird dropping. 

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Female Mallard

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Pink flowering form of Hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna. 

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Dactylorhiza majalis from area of orchid rich grassland within the park.

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Dactylorhiza majalis from area of orchid rich grassland within the park.

Flag Iris around one of the ponds.

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Ustilago filiformis on Glyceria maxima (Reed Sweet-grass). Rathcoole Park, Co. Dublin.


© Peter Foss 2012