Collie Ennis is a fellow podcaster (check out The Critter Shed!), Science officer with the Herpetological Society of Ireland and a research associate at Trinity University Dublin. He's also a great laugh to have the chats with and a fountain of knowledge. We delve into all things critter related in this episode.
In particular we cover:
- How Collie came to work with critters.
- How important invertebrates are to biodiversity.
- Why invertebrates are struggling today.
- How climate change is affecting them.
- The hidden species of Ireland from newts to toads.
- How to easily turn your garden or balcony into a haven for invertebrates on rented or owned land.
- What happened at the Tallaght Wetlands.
- Advice as a community member on how to protect a local patch of land, vital to species, threatened by development.
- Working with neighbours to turn estate greens into bio-diverse areas.
- Growing food in a garden full of bugs.
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What to do for Invertebrates on your land:
- Provide a water source either level with the ground or with a ramp of rocks around it so animals can get to and fro. Place in an underwater plant from a local canal or pond.
- Plant vines (like Clematis) around your garden so frogs can climb in and out. You can also knock a brick or small hole out of your garden wall on either side so animals like hedgehogs can come and go either direction.
- Plant wildflowers recommeded by the Pollinator Plan. If you're renting, plant pots with over flowing plants like nasturtiums.
- Pile old decking for bugs like bumble bees. (Let it rot!)
- Bring in some rotting wood (from deciduous trees, not pine)and fallen leaves for insects to feed from.
- On a balcony, place out a bucket or tray of stagnant water. Plant some wildflowers in pots.
- Sit back and enjoy the life around you!