Invasive Species Ireland: Protecting Ireland’s Biodiversity

Invasive Species Ireland: protecting native biodiversitySite of the week is a new weekly feature highlighting an Irish website dedicated to wildlife, nature or conservation.

This week the featured site is Invasive Species Ireland – which works to highlight the threat posed to our wildlife by introduced invasive species.

The introduction of non-native plant and animal species is the second biggest threat to global biodiversity after habitat destruction, so highlighting the dangers and encouraging the public to report invasive species is a crucial part of protecting Ireland’s biodiversity.

Non-native species often have a negative impact on our native plants and animals… out-competing them for limited resources, preying on species that have never evolved defences to cope with foreign threats, introducing alien pathogens, compromising the genetic integrity of native species through hybridisation and even altering the composition of entire ecosystems, potentially wiping out the local flora and fauna.

It sounds like an exaggeration… but the threat posed by invasive species really can’t be over-stated. To find out more, and to discover ways that you can help protect our native biodiversity visit the Invasive Species Ireland website.

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of IrelandsWildlife.com. He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

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