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Ep 15. Bringing Biodiversity Back into your Garden or Balcony- Collie Ennis

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.

Mentioned:

You can follow Collie on Twitter or Instagram and don't forget to checkout The Critter Shed podcast (who are on Twitter and Facebook).

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What to do for Invertebrates on your land:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Plant wildflowers recommeded by the Pollinator Plan. If you're renting, plant pots with over flowing plants like nasturtiums.
  4. Pile old decking for bugs like bumble bees. (Let it rot!)
  5. Bring in some rotting wood (from deciduous trees, not pine)and fallen leaves for insects to feed from.
  6. On a balcony, place out a bucket or tray of stagnant water. Plant some wildflowers in pots.
  7. Sit back and enjoy the life around you!
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Ep 13. The Native Seals & Why a lot need Rescuing – Melanie, Seal Rescue Ireland

I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown to interview Melanie. Her extensive knowledge of conservation made this a really enjoyable educational episode, although sometimes very saddening due to how Seals are suffering at the hands of humans. Have a listen, share it around and be the eyes and ears of SRI when you're out along the coast.

We covered:

  • Melanie's background before coming to work for Seal Rescue Ireland.
  • Facts about the seals that are native to Ireland and how their populations have fared over the years.
  • Why SRI end up needing to rehabilitate seals.
  • How pollutants end up in the sea and what we can do to stop them.
  • The importance planting trees, particularly Riparian buffers, has on the health of the sea.
  • The relationship between seal conservationists and the fishing industry.
  • The benefits of Eco-Tourism.
  • How SRI rehabilitate their seals and releases them.

What to do if you see a seal on the beach:

  • Stay at least 100 metres away.
  • Call SRI's hotline number: +353(0)87 1955393.
  • Keep your dog on a short lead.
  • Do NOT approach the seal or try drag it into the sea!

 

Adopt a Seal here. Your adoption certificate will be e-mailed to you as well as regular updates!

 

 

 

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Ep 5. Tackling Plastic on our Beaches & Canals with Clean Coasts – Richard Curtin

"The thing about plastics, they don't break down, they break up."

Episode 5 is all about the plastic pollution invading our coastlines and how it's getting there. We talk to Richard from Clean Coasts to learn how to deal with it!

In this episode, we cover:

  • Who Clean Coasts are and what they do.
  • How Richard came to work for Clean Coasts.
  • Where the litter on our coastlines comes from.
  • The effect on deep sea creatures. 
  • What we as individuals can do to stop this plastic invasion.
  • Think Before You Flush, 2 Minute Beach Clean and Beat the Microbeads campaigns.
  • The EU's plan to ban single use plastics.

Interested in volunteering with Clean Coasts? You can get in touch with them here.

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-Ceara

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Ep 2. Sustainable Fashion, Politics & Personal Choices with Aoibheann McCann

"When you know, you can't unknow."

In this episode with Aoibhéann, we cover:

  • What inspired her to live sustainably.
  • What's happening (or not happening) with Irish politics in regards to the planet and how we can effect change in our government.
  • Mary Robinson.
  • Personal choices we can make to help the environment.

Businesses, causes and incentives mentioned:

Documentaries:

Follow her on Instagram: @aoibheannmccann

 

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Photo by Pearl Phelan
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Ep 1. Replacing Leather and Plastic with Cork – Vasco Carto

In this episode we meet Vasco Carto, the man behind Cork Crafts.

We'll be covering:

  • Vasco's background, from Portugal to County Cork.
  • How cork products are made, from tree to shelf.
  • How cork compares to leather.
  • The unsustainable side of the cork industry: illegal labour and cheap production
  • How to diffrenciate between 'counterfeit' cork and legitimate, sustainable cork.

Follow him on Instagram and Facebook to keep an eye out for his upcoming markets. And let us know if you have any feedback!

Ceara x

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