As a heritage specialist with the wonderful Heritage in Schools scheme I get to visit some fabulous schools in some amazing places. One of the most interesting recent visits was to the school on Bere Island off Castletownbere in West Cork. As always it was a privilege to talk to the children (and their teachers) about their local wildlife, and to get out and show … [Read more...] about Eagles, orchids, seals and exploring nature with children… what’s not to love?
The bee orchid has to be one of our most exquisite wildflowers. At first glance its exotic looks may make it seem like an interloper from far flung shores -- but this is a native Irish plant through and through. In Ireland bee orchids tend to flower during June and July. They occur mainly on dry, sandy, calcareous soil -- particularly on or around dunes and limestone … [Read more...] about Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
Ireland's orchids are a fascinating group of plants, and are among our most beautiful and evocative wildflowers. There's always a thrill when you spot the flower spike of an orchid thrusting skyward through the grass or pushing through the surface of a bog. Then comes the tricky part. You know it's an orchid... but which orchid is it? That's exactly when you should reach … [Read more...] about Book Review: Ireland’s Wild Orchids, A Field Guide