VISIT TO THE POND AREA | ZOZIMUZ

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WILLIAM VISITED THE POND AREA IN JANUARY

Ireland has a relatively small number of native species of flowering plants (850). Over the recent past many of these species have declined in numbers and have even disappeared in parts of the country. There are various reasons for this, including changing agricultural practices, mowing of roadside verges, drainage schemes, overgrazing, housing developments and the expanding numbers of golf courses.

While picking wild flowers has been a traditional pastime, we need to be aware of the risks that it poses. It has certainly been a factor in the decline of certain species such as the Killarney Fern (Trichomanes speciosum), which suffered from collecting during the Victorian era. Even common species such as Bluebells are now threatened by over-picking. Picking flowers should not be encouraged, instead please leave them for others to enjoy. Plants in Nature Reserves and National Parks are protected and should never be picked. Our rarest species are protected under the 1999 Flora Protection Order, which also includes, for the first time, a number of mosses, liverworts, lichens and algae.


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