*UPDATE: EVENT IS CURRENTLY FULLY BOOKED. DUE TO DEMAND WE WILL BE ADDING ADDITIONAL TRAINING DATES. WATCH THIS SPACE* The island of Ireland contains a border, but our cold blooded fauna don’t appreciate that, so any effort to understand their natural distribution on the island obviously requires close collaboration between organisations on each side … More HSI Announce Participation in Cross-Border Herpetology Initiative
The HSI has emerged for our winter brumation and hit ground running in 2017. In early February our science officers attended the annual herpetofauna workers meeting in Nottingham where they got to exchange ideas and experiences with conservation organisations, ecological consultants, statutory bodies, land managers, academic institutions, students, and enthusiastic volunteers. Plenty of fresh new … More Amphibian Activity in 2017 With The HSI
In September of last year, the Transition Year students, of Drimnagh Castle school, asked the Herpetological Society of Ireland to discuss the building of a wildlife pond for their declining local frog population. The original breeding grounds, the moat around the old castle building, had been ravaged by pollution and the introduction of predatory fish. An action plan was compiled under … More Citizen Science: Creating An Urban Wildlife Refuge
A British government agency recently asked the Internet to suggest a name for a $287 million polar research ship. The top suggestion? The R.S.S. Boaty McBoatface. People are understandably disappointed at suggestions that the agency will not adopt this noble appellation, and we at the HSI share in that disappointment 😦 With that in mind, … More Name Our Lizard!
The Herpetological Society of Ireland is not a lobby group, and as such we will refrain from directly endorsing any candidates, or parties, ahead of the upcoming general election. However it is important to note that widespread political apathy on environmental/wildlife issues has facilitated some incredibly reckless and irresponsible actions from our elected officials. We … More Political Accountability on Environmental Issues
For a society run entirely by volunteers, it can seem like the work is never ending. For this reason, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on what we have achieved, and to remind ourselves that all the long nights in front of a computer, wet days rambling around in ponds, and early mornings … More 2015: Year in Review
We are proud to have contributed towards efforts to save an entire species – the Quito Rocket Frog – by adopting some tadpoles! We adopted Villico, Ultio, Timbul, Pimbalo, Jimbirico and Guilli. This critically endangered species is threatened by the potentially imminent eruption of Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador. The fundraising campaign was launched by our partners, … More Update on ASA campaign to save the Quito Rocket Frog
The Herpetological Society of Ireland, and Dublin University Zoological Society were honoured to host the “Joint Herpetological Scientific Meeting 2015” at Trinity College Dublin. The JHSM was a joint venture between the two societies, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC), The British Herpetological Society (BHS) and Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG-UK). The meeting … More Joint Herpetological Scientific Meeting 2015 – Highlights
The amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) has been found in some populations of Malagasy amphibians. The fungus is responsible for the disease Chytridiomycosis, which has devastated amphibian populations worldwide. Madagascar was thought to be a safe haven from the disease, which makes the news especially disheartening for conservationists. The outbreak was documented in a recent report published in … More Amphibian-Killing Fungus Found In Madagascar
The global crash in amphibian populations has created a strong focus on protecting these species from extinction. Efforts to protect these species are often borne from a desire to protect these charismatic animals from harm and to ensure they remain an integral part of a nation’s natural heritage for future generations. However, it is also important … More HSI Project: Documenting Predation During Amphibian Reproductive Events.