Thursday, 10 May 2012

3rd June Habitats of Howth

Time and date: Sunday 3rd June, 11:00
Meeting point: Howth DART station
Details: Declan Doogue, one of the country’s leading botanists and author of Wild Flowers of Ireland: The Habitat Guide, led a walk through selected areas of Howth Head. Howth has a rich flora and a number of plant species that are not common in Ireland. The focus was on some of the habitat types that are quite rare as well as more familiar habitats like shingle ridges, coastal cliffs and the sea shore. Despite bad weather which meant there was a small turnout, those on the walk found it very informative.


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  2. The Flora of Howth is dominated by Western gorse (Ulex gallii), Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Bell Heather (Erica cinerea) and bracken (Pteridium aquilinum). Rare or Red Data plants in Howth include Green-winged Orchid (Orchis morio), Bird's Foot (Ornithopus perpusillus), Hairy Violet (Viola hirta) and Rough Poppy (Papaver hybridum)