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…

Turtle Update

On the 13th January 2019, Sara and Philip Moss discovered a small Loggerhead Turtle on Tramore beach; it weighed only 1kg, was 22cm long and was lethargic as it was suffering from hypothermia.  The next day it was transferred to Portaferry Aquarium in the hope of saving it. Upon arrival, its body temperature was found to be only 11oC.…