Young humpback whales guzzle some 45kg of their mother's milk every single day -- that's an astonishing 80 pints or so of the nutrient rich cocktail. That fun whale factoid comes from an Instagram post by the BBC Earth team promoting the upcoming "Big Blue Live" due to air on BBC later this month live from the fantastic marine sanctuary of California's Monterrey … [Read more...] about Baby humpbacks suckle up to 80 pints of their mother’s milk every day
Did you know: curious facts about Ireland's wildlife
Do you know is a sporadic series of posts delivering curious facts and tid-bits of interesting info about Irish wildlife species. Check out the articles below, and don't forget to a) share with your friends through social media and b) add any interesting facts we've missed in the comments below the article.
This week we’re looking for amazing facts about the humble dandelion… one of our most widespread and successful wildflowers. (For more info on the dandelion check out the species profile on this website) Did you know?: Every part of the dandelion is edible. Young leaves make an excellent salad and can also be used as a green vegetable. Dried leaves are a common ingredient … [Read more...] about Did you know: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
In the spotlight this week it’s our most colourful crow… the Eurasian Jay. Did you know?: Ireland has it’s own sub species of jay (Garrulus glandarius hibernicus) which is genetically distinct to populations in Britain and mainland Europe. A single jay buries several thousand acorns each autumn as a food cache, some of which they invariably forget… jays play an … [Read more...] about Did you know? Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
In the hot seat this week, as it’s lizard season, it’s the common lizard. Did you know?: Common lizards in Ireland are viviparous. Females give birth to 2-12 fully developed young. In warmer climates common lizards are egg layers rather than live-bearers. Common lizards are good swimmers and will often dive under water when threatened. … over to you, share your … [Read more...] about Did you know? Common Lizard (Lacerta vivipara)