The Irish Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity which aims to preserve the plants and animals of Ireland and the habitats in which they live. The IWT is a nationwide organisation with members and branches throughout the country. The are involved in various conservation efforts including the management and surveying of nature reserves.
The mass die-off of bees world-wide is an issue with potentially disastrous results. Bees are vital for pollination of the world's plants. Populations of bees are dwindling throughout Europe, including Ireland, due to the use of harmful pesticides and mismanagement of land for wildlife. The Irish Bee Conservation Project aims to raise awareness of this pressing issue in Ireland while working to preserve the habitats of our dwindling native bee populations.
BirdWatch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland. A registered charity, its aim is the conservation of wild birds and their natural habitats. Established in 1968, it has over 15,000 members and a growing network of 30 local branches. It manages nature reserves which protect threatened habitats and the wildlife that relies on them, works to conserve Ireland’s biodiversity, produces a range of media to raise wider awareness of nature conservation in Ireland, and carries out important education, survey and research work.
24 species of cetacens have been recorded in Irish waters. The seas surrounding Ireland are rich in fish making them an abundant food source for these animals. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group was founded in 1990 to better understand and protect our marine mammal populations, which are constantly under threat due to overfishing and the pollution of our waters.
The Native Woodland Trust dedicates their time to preserving Ireland's remaining ancient woodlands. They are also involved in several projects aiming to restore these vital habitats.
Crann is an organisation that was set up in 1987 with the goal of releafing Ireland. This involves restoring Ireland's native woodlands which are vital to a healthy and self sustaining environment. They also to raise awareness about the importance of our trees, woodlands and other plant life on our island.
The IPCC recognizes the uniqueness and importance of our native peatlands, which for years have been over-harvested and drained for fuel and agricultural land. As Ireland looks to move away from peat harvesting as an energy source it will be important to try and reclaim these damaged habitats. The IPCC are committed to protecting and rejuvenating our native peatlands and all the plants and animals that call our bogs their homes.