KTT received funding from Community Foundation for Ireland to commission a Biodiversity Action Plan.
KTT engaged with the ecologist on the scope and content of the plan.
It acknowledges our actions to date for biodiversity and gives us direction for future projects.
Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on earth. This includes diversity of habitats, species, the genetic diversity in within each species and interactions between these species and their environment.
Why is it Important?Biodiversity provides us with ecosystem services, such as pollinators pollinating our food crops, worms recycling nutrients and trees producing oxygen for us to breathe.
The wider Kenmare area contains a wide variety of habitats, including, Kenmare Bay, shoreline, lakes, rivers, river banks, woodlands, scrub, farmland, mountains, hedgerows, heath, peatlands, our gardens, roadsides and drystone walls. Each one of these larger habitats contain many sub-habitats. A greater diversity of habitats will bring a greater diversity of species.
The images below give us a flavour of the nature to be cherished on our doorstep.
Scot’s Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) was originally a native species, and re-introduced in the 17th Century from Scotland.
It is an evergreen tree, growing up to 35 metres, with wild-pollinated flowers. The cones ripen after two years, releasing seeds which are blown by the wind.
Scots pine is a wildlife friendly conifer providing habitats for nesting birds. The cones are among the native Red Squirrels’ favourite food.
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