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Shingle Beach

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Rossglass Beach

When most people think of beaches they think of sand. They do not want to rest upon a thousand bumpy stones. Beaches decorated with pebbles rather than sand are called shingle beaches. Shingle beaches are common – Britain has thousands of them, although Japan and New Zealand have more. There is a national registry of…

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Storm Emma brings Snow to Dublin

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Dublin Snow storm March 2018 - St Annes Park

Storm Emma was a snow storm blizzard that hot Ireland in March of 2018, having arrived from the direction of the Bay of Biscay in France. It was the worst snow storm to hit Ireland since 2009, and brought the country to a slowdown for two working days. It is not often that Dublin experiences…

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Sponges and similar animals

in Fresh/Nature/Plants and Flowers/Sea Creatures

Sponges On the lower shore sponges can be found beneath rocks. Many are thousands of individual tiny individuals living together. They are simple animals. They absorb water and filter particles of food. Photo: Paul Naylor www_marinephoto_co_uk Sea Mats Form normally in thin areas of seaweeds. rocks, and seashells. Often feel chalky or slimy to touch…

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Lichens

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Lichen

Lichens are usually found high up on the splash zone, Tiny algae and fungus live together. Algae live on the inside and fungus on the outside – which provides shape and shelter for the algae (It’s such a beautiful relationship!!). Algae feed by using photosynthesis and then produce sugar which is consumed afterwards by the…

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Seaweeds

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Seaweeds belong to the algae family. They are plant like organisms that live in water. They vary in size from small cells to plants 60 metres long. Some are found in seawater and others in fresh water. Seaweed grows, makes food and reproduces only when covered with water; some survive without water longer than others.…

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Types of Seashores

in Fresh/Geography/Nature/Science and Geography

There are different types of seashores Rocky  Shores These are sometimes bedrock and sometimes boulders. Have lots of spaces for animals and plants to live. They have to deal robustly with strong waves and the constant rose and fall of the tide. Different types of rocks influence what you will fond living on the rock…

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Land-bridge between Ireland and Britain

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Landbridge - Britain and Ireland

It is believed that there was a land-bridge connecting the south-east of Ireland to the south of England – this existed before humans arrived in Ireland. I mentioned this previously in the post related to the birth of the Irish Sea – where during the Ice Age there existed a freshwater late before it was…

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The Irish Sea is Born

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Irish Sea Dublin

It was 20 millions years ago that Britain and Ireland ended up where they are now.  Almost 300 million years before that, the super continent Gondwanaland had began to separate in a north-south movement. Then 100 million years ago this shifted a an east-west separation, and by 40 million years ago the Atlantic Ocean was…

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Hedge Bindweed – Portmarnock

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I came across the Hedge Bindweed between the car park and beach in Portmarnock. This October (2017) has been quite mild, and it seems many flowers are still around towards the end of their survival range of dates.

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