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Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.

Bats
Ireland is currently home to nine species of bat. All our bats are totally harmless, much smaller than people imagine and very dependent on humans for their survival...  Read more...

Bees
The plump furry-looking bee that can be seen flying from flower to flower in your garden is a bumblebee. Along with the wasp they are the most visible of these three species...  Read more...

Foxes
If you thought you saw a fox in your garden, then chances are you were right! Where foxes are common, most houses will be visited by one during the night...  Read more...

How to Build A Nestbox
If you have mature trees or high walls or a blank gable end to your house, putting up a nest box to attract birds in summer is well worth considering.  Read more...

Jackdaws
Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) were originally known as 'choughs', a name derived from the bird's principal call. Jackdaws also utter chattering calls...  Read more...

Mammals
It's believed that mammals evolved about 200 million years ago from small shrew-like animals. By studying fossils, it's possible to say that mammals evolved from early reptiles...  Read more...

Wildlife Gardening
A wildlife garden recreates the habitats found in nature. It provides a haven for creatures of all kinds. No chemicals are used so that the balance of nature is not disturbed...  Read more...

Robins
The Robin, not the Turkey, is the real Christmas bird; it's on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. This little upstart has earned his place in the sun, or maybe in the snow...  Read more...

Turtles
Marine turtles also called sea turtles are large air - breathing reptiles that remain relatively unchanged in the same form as their ancestors did 200 million years ago...  Read more...

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