Spotlight on biodiversity in Ireland

Biodiversity, globally and in our own country, is going through a tough time. It is important to get informed about halting its decline, in order to keep our world healthy. Every single plant and animal is precious – destroying one can have a huge impact on the other plants and animals that might depend upon it. Biodiversity also supplies important eco-system services like clean air, food, textiles and medicines.

Some of Ireland’s diverse plants and animals are under threat because:

  • Many local species depend on woodland to survive – but Ireland has only 11% forest cover.
  • Our coast is under pressure from property development, litter, pollution and erosion.
  • Bogs are disappearing due to the use of peat as a fuel.
  • Hedges are in danger from farmers clearing land.
  • Invasive species are becoming more apparent. For example, the grey squirrel, which threatens the red squirrel’s survival, and rhododendron bushes, which spread in woodland areas and are hard to eradicate.
  • Intensive farming is an economically viable way to feed our world but it is at a cost to our biodiversity. 

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