Caretakers of Sheskinmore

There are no staff dedicated to Sheskinmore, it is run by staff who are assigned to a multitude of other tasks and locations.  It is 400 hectares of annexed habitats and species that is managed as a jigsaw of farm plots that has to be accessible to the public as well. There are 22 fenced…

The Changing Face of Sheskinmore

Time moves on and the Orchid season is over for this year, but now is the time for Gentians, Grass of Parnassus and Scabious. Field Gentian and Possibly Autumn Gentian The Gentians are out in bloom at the moment. Most are clearly Field Gentian as two of the sepals are large and they overlap the…

Getting Older!

For years now, I have been walking the tide line in the vain hope of finding a sea bean, and occasionally I get lucky, as when I found the Grey Nickernut, but I am rarely that fortunate. It may be age related deterioration of my eyesight, but there we were last Sunday (11.08.19) walking the…

In the Pink!

Sheskinmore’s orchids are absolutely brilliant at the moment; the Marsh Helleborines are out in full force. Like other orchids they will produce seed but they mainly proliferate using underground suckers; as a consequence, they tend to grow in clumps. With trying to identify so many different types of orchid, we spent a good bit of…

A New Orchid for the Sheskinmore List!

We were walking at Sheskinmore Nature Reserve on Saturday 13th July when an extremely white orchid caught Michele’s eye. We referred to Sayers’ field guide and concluded that we thought we had found an O’Kelly’s Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii var. okellyi). We mentioned it to two of our friends who are quite experienced botanists, Rosie…

A Bean from the Caribbean?

We were walking the strandline on Tramore last Sunday (07.07.19) and I picked up what looked like a small, hard gray ball of plastic, about the size of a hazel nut. It wasn’t until I got home that I realised that I had found a ‘Sea Bean’; more specifically, I had found a ‘Grey Nicker…