Ecological Impact Assessment

Ecological Impact Assessment

Blackthorn Ecology provides the full range of Environmental Impact Assessment services, mitigation and monitoring. From site selection to detailed design to construction, we provide our clients…

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Conservation and Management

Conservation and Management

Blackthorn Ecology specialises in practical biodiversity conservation . Whether it’s a sensitive, protected ecosystem, a local community amenity, or both, Blackthorn Ecology can provide…

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17 
Feb

Ecological Mapping Courses 2015

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I’ll be running three training courses in ecological mapping this spring:

– QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners

– Mapping Biological Records with QGIS

– Introduction to Habitat Mapping

 

QGIS for Ecologists and Conservation Practitioners

Date: Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th April 2015

Venue: Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Cost:…

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Published Date:17th February 2015
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19 
Aug

Heritage Week Events at Dún na Sí Heritage and Amenity Park

National Heritage Week 2014 is coming up next week, running from 23rd to 31st August.  Heritage Week is coordinated by the Heritage Council each year, and they put on a series of events throughout the country celebrating our natural, cultural and…

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Published Date:19th August 2014
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28 
May

Extinct Moss Re-Found in Raised Bog

Waved fork-moss (Dicranum undulatum)

I’m delighted to announce that during a recent trip to explore Clara Bog, I discovered a small population of waved fork-moss (Dicranum undulatum), a plant up until then thought to be…

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Published Date:28th May 2014
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02 
Apr

Intro to Ecological Mapping with Open Source GIS

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As of today, there are still 3 spaces left in my Introduction to Ecological Mapping with Open Source GIS Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management training course.  You can sign up via the CIEEM website.

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Published Date:2nd April 2014
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14 
Mar

Evidence-Based Sustainable Forest Management

forest management

I love talk radio when it’s done well.  You can really get a good insight into an issue pretty quickly if you have a knowledgeable and engaging contributor and a good host.  It’s even better when the host (or his/her producers) knows a thing or two about the subject…

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Published Date:14th March 2014
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17 
Jan

Awarded Chartered Ecologist Status

I’ve just been awarded Chartered Ecologist status by the…

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Published Date:17th January 2014
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03 
Dec

The Potential for Restoring Wet Grasslands

Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris)

An interesting review paper is in press at the journal Ecological Engineering, entitled “Ecological consequences…

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Published Date:3rd December 2013
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04 
Oct

The Importance of Biological Records

Clara Bog

I will be running a small beginner’s bryophyte (mosses and liverworts) identification workshop tomorrow for the Clara Bog Visitors’ Centre.  It filled up rapidly and there are no places left.  Disappointing for those of you who aren’t able to attend, but a sign…

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Published Date:4th October 2013
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19 
Sep

Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park Opening on Friday

Cow Park Turlough in Summer (2013)

Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park

The Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park in Moate, Co. Westmeath is having its official opening this Friday 20th September from 4.30pm.  The park is the final work of a dedicated bunch of local volunteers – the Midlands Amenity Park Association –…

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Published Date:19th September 2013
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20 
Jun

Biodiversity Benefits of Coillte in Public Hands

Glenregan-big-spruce---deadwood

The news that Coillte’s forests are to remain in State ownership is very welcome.  The government had planned to sell the harvesting rights to Coillte’s forests while retaining ownership of the land.  The government’s plans for the sale have…

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Published Date:20th June 2013
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