Did you hear our Nature Podcats?
Over the last number of weeks, Alan Balfe the Educational & Wildlife Officer hosted 'bitesize' nature podcasts each Sunday at 3 pm. Our podcast talks about our wonderful Wetlands as they are highly important for wildlife and they come in a variety of different types.
To listen back to all our released Nature Podcasts, click the button below to our Anchor Profile or individually listen to all on Spotify below.
1. Wonderful Wetlands
Our first Podcasts talks about our wonderful Wetlands as they are highly important for wildlife and they come in a variety of different types from ponds, lakes, bog and rivers. A healthy Wetlands ecosystem can be home to a multitude of both rare and common birds, insects and fish.
2. Amphibians & Our Ponds
The second podcast talks about the amphibians that inhabit our ponds. Ponds are mainly the habitats where you would find amphibians and they are a type of wetlands. Ponds are important for our wide range of wildlife. In Ireland, we have 3 types of Amphibians, the frog, newts and the Natterjack Toads. Amphibians are vertebrates that require water such as a pond when they are born.
3. Dragonflies & Damselflies
The third podcast talks about Dragonflies and Damselflies. Dragonflies and Damselflies are found throughout Ireland around most of our healthy ponds. There are 13 species of Dragonflies and 11 species of Damselflies in Ireland. They are very colourful if you had the chance to see them, they are fast and tend to hover as well. They have a secret life beneath the water of their ponds. Dragonflies and Damselflies can spend up to 6 years living underneath the water surfaces as nymphs.
4. How to help our Pollinators?
Our fourth podcast talks about how we can help our pollinators survive and they are a few different problems that affect them. To tackle these problems Alan talks about various quick solutions that everyone can do to help, like letting your garden grow which are beneficial to our pollinators, getting rid of invasive species and the use of organic pesticides like garlic spray.