Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust urges people to log wildfires
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is a national conservation charity. In recent years we have highlighted the devastating effects that illegal wildfires have on our countryside and wildlife. This year we are urging people to contact us with details of where, and when, wildfires are occurring. We intend to establish a database to monitor the extent and duration of wildfires in order to monitor these trends in future years.
IWT Campaign Officer Pádraic Fogarty says “2015 seemed like a particularly bad year for wildfires with many of our upland areas and national parks badly damaged. However we don’t have the figures to say how bad it really was. This year, so far, there seem to have been fewer, perhaps due to the weather. Collecting data on when and when fires are occurring will help us to monitor the impact of fires into the future.”
Illegal, wild fires, especially during the bird nesting season, destroy local wildlife habitats, cause pollution to air and water, release tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, and are driving species to extinction. They are also a threat to human life and property. Over 17,000 people have signed a petition against extending the burning and hedge cutting season, showing that people want this practice to stop.
People are urged to email us firstname.lastname@example.org with the date and location of fires and a photo or video is possible.
The Wild Postcard Project
The Wild Postcard Project are launchimg the Wild Postcard Project, an initiative that aims to share the awesomeness of Ireland’s biodiversity on postcards
They will be producing a series of 10 postcards that will debut on International Biodiversity Day in May 2016 and be sold in shops around the country. They are hopeful that these postcards – sent both within Ireland and posted to destinations across the world – will raise awareness of the fantastic creatures and plants we’ve got here in Ireland.
The really exciting bit is that these postcards will be designed by Ireland’s youth. How? They are holding an artwork competition and are inviting all children aged 5-18 to submit to us their artwork depicting Ireland’s biodiversity. Through a juried process, ten entries will be selected that we will turn into postcards, to be sold in shops across Ireland.
Are you interested in wildlife and conservation? Come along to our meetings on the first Tuesday of each monthat 7pm in Sweetman's Pub 1-2 Burgh Quay. All Welcome