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April 01, 2010

Launch of Nature Box: Irish Wildlife and Habitats

Nature Box is a gift for Irish Children. Especially because this is the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. This special year is focusing on the need to take Action for wildlife as well as increasing our knowledge about it.

"When I was a child I remember starting a nature box when my family went on a holiday to Connemara.  I collected colourful shells and mermaid's purses as keepsakes for my nature box and I made crafts from the coral shapes that I found on the beaches there. The family also spent hours exploring the life to be found in rock pools on the sea shore and that is probably how my interest in Irish wildlife really began. And through my work with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council I can say that my awareness has grown to action", says Catherine O'Connell, author of Nature Box and the Chief Executive of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council.

Nature Box looks at several Irish Habitats including bogs, woods, meadows, rivers and sea shores and the wonderful wildlife that is found in them. Learn how crabs grow, about plants that eat insects and how a caddis fly larva stops itself from being washed away in white water rivers.

The book makes suggestions on how  to help protect our wildlife and habitats such as supporting conservation work, taking part in surveys of garden birds, butterflies or frogs and  creating a wildlife haven in your garden.

Nature Box was written by Dr Catherine O'Connell of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and contains over 200 of her photographs which illustrate the beauty of Irish nature.

" After reading this book, I hope that Irish children will take action for wildlife and habitats. This is such a great time to start in the International Year of Biodiversity 2010". 

Nature Box is published with funding support from the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government and the Notice Nature Campaign. Why not visit to find out about special wildlife events in your area today.