PRODUCING HONEY SUSTAINABLY AT WILDACRES

PRODUCING HONEY SUSTAINABLY AT WILDACRES

Beekeeping and producing honey are topics that are often fraught with misconceptions. Pollinators and especially bees, deservedly so, have had quite a bit of media attention in recent years. Some relevant and accurate coverage and some not so much. Yes, Bee’s...

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A Pocket Full of Promise!

A Pocket Full of Promise!

  We had been really looking forward to this day for a while. On 23rd February 2024 the wonderful 'Tree-O' from Pocket Forests CLG; Ashe Conrad-Jones, Catherine Cleary, and Amy van den Broek, came to Wildacres to plant a Pocket Forest with us. We planted a mix of...

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Spring Kicks Off with Masses of Frogspawn at Wildacres

Spring Kicks Off with Masses of Frogspawn at Wildacres

We have recorded large amounts of frogspawn this Spring, having noted it in 26 of our now, 35 wildlife ponds. This is so heartening to see, a real “Good News” Biodiversity story.   When we checked we found masses of fresh frogspawn, a lot of which was well above...

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Incredible….Indispensible….Important Ivy!

Incredible….Indispensible….Important Ivy!

  It is that time of year again when our wonderful native Ivy is in blossom. Not the sort of display of blossom that is going to turn heads or win a Gold at The Chelsea Flower Show. Well, unless the judging panel was made up of a team of Solitary Bees,...

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THE EMPORER RULES SUPREME!

THE EMPORER RULES SUPREME!

  What stunning native wildlife we have here in Ireland often just waiting for us to discover it and unlock a world of fascination and beauty. As is the case with our wonderful dragonflies, which can be seen during Summer and into Autumn on freshwater bodies all...

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All of a Flutter About Our Beautiful Butterflies!

All of a Flutter About Our Beautiful Butterflies!

  This is a great time of year to get out and about to enjoy the natural world and see up close, the stunning native wildlife we have here in Ireland. When you take the time to look and listen, the reward in the form of fascinating sights and interactions between...

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Your Very Own Mini Nature Reserve….. On Your Doorstep!

Your Very Own Mini Nature Reserve….. On Your Doorstep!

  Now this is one to get excited about! What if we told you that you could: • Do your bit and make a real difference in helping solve the biodiversity crisis we are in. • Improve your wellbeing physically and mentally. • Get to enjoy hours of fascinating natural...

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POND…ERING – WHAT LIES BENEATH?

POND…ERING – WHAT LIES BENEATH?

  One of the many reasons to have a wildlife pond is to discover the wonderfully fascinating plants and animals that live around, on and beneath the water’s surface. The daily struggles in and around wildlife ponds of the hunters and the hunted, are every bit as...

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OTTERLY FANTASTIC FOOTAGE AT WILDACRES!

OTTERLY FANTASTIC FOOTAGE AT WILDACRES!

  We were “Otterly” (Oooo that’s such a bad pun! 😊) thrilled to record this gorgeous Otter on several occasions over the last few weeks at Wildacres. They are such fascinating charismatic creatures.   We had previously recorded footage last year, of one on...

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At Wildacres We Are For The Birds!….Are you?

At Wildacres We Are For The Birds!….Are you?

  Putting Up Nestboxes for the Birds We are well into 2023 and what about a small project to bring you endless hours of joy and help our poor wildlife?     It can be all too daunting and even confusing for us all when we see depressing headline after...

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Highlights of 2022 at Wildacres

Highlights of 2022 at Wildacres

  What a year 2022 was! After working hard on the land restoring habitats for the previous four years, we finally opened in March 2022 for private and scheduled, tours and workshops, for individuals, community groups and corporates. The feedback has been...

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TIGER SPOTTED AT WILDACRES!

TIGER SPOTTED AT WILDACRES!

  Well, technically it is!  Though albeit of the moth variety!! During the summer we deployed our Actinic light moth trap to monitor moth species at Wildacres. We were both thrilled and astounded at the results we achieved. The quantities and variety of moths...

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Bats In Our Belfry!

Bats In Our Belfry!

  Well, they would be in our Belfry if we had a Belfry! Though we are just as happy to report they are present and flitting around in good numbers on Wildacres Nature Reserve.   Even more heartening is the fact we have had confirmed that we have eight of our...

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10,000 Native Trees and Shrubs planted

10,000 Native Trees and Shrubs planted

10,000 NATIVE TREES & SHRUBS PLANTED. We think it is something worth shouting about. We have reached this milestone with the help of our excellent foresters who planted two thirds of the trees and shrubs, and we have planted the balance ourselves.     It was...

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New Wildlife Pond at Wildacres

New Wildlife Pond at Wildacres

  WETLANDS.  Wetlands have a chequered history in Ireland and are often looked on as poor, or what would be classed as "non productive" or "marginal" land. That is of course from a human perspective, where the land is often viewed from a food production or a...

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Woodpeckers breed at Wildacres

Woodpeckers breed at Wildacres

  We were thrilled to recently spot our only native woodpecker, The Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major. This once native fascinating bird was absent from the Irish countryside for hundreds of years, but recently has recolonized parts of the east coast,...

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Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

We are delighted to have been awarded a place on the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland .Ideas Academy 2020. We participated in this innovative course, connecting with other social entrepreneurs and learning from established Social Enterprises that are making significant...

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