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Orchids WildWest.ie is quickly becoming an Orchid site, unintentional but inevitable! This list is grouped into various species or groups within the Orchidaceae.

Spiranthes romanzoffiana

Irish Lady’s Tresses

A very special plant in North West Ireland and one we have studied for years… 2016 Observations. 2017 American seeds coming to Ireland? 2018 Numbers, Reproduction, Propagation. 2019 Daily LOG now ACTIVE Total Count & Report 2019  ARCHIVED INFO from Lough Allen

Other ‘Special Orchids’

A rare group of species chosen for their significance, speciality, and their occurrence in the Wild West! Various genera. Anacamptis morio  Green-winged Orchid. Ophrys insecifera Fly Orchid. Very restricted. Hammarbya paludosa Bog Orchid. Local. S. spiralis Autumn’s Lady’s Tresses.

Non-Dactylorhizid Orchids

Orchis mascula Early Purple Orchid Neotinea maculata Dense-flowered Orchid Psudorchis albida Small White Orchid Plantathera bifolia Lesser Butterfly Orchid Plantathera chlorantha Greater Butterfly Orchid Ophrys apifera Bee Orchid Neottia nidus-avis Birds Nest Orchid Neottia ovata Twayblade FRAGRANT ORCHIDS: All SPECIES together… Gymnadenia conopsea Chalk Frgrant Orchid G. densiflora Marsh Fragrant Orchid G. borealis Heath Fragrant Orchid

Dactylorhizids… Marsh Orchids

D. incarnata Early Marsh Orchid D. pulchella                “ D. coccinea                “ D. cruenta Flecked Orchid D. kerryensis Western Marsh Orchid D. traunsteinerioides Narrow-leaved Marsh Orc. D. purpurella Northern Marsh Orchid

Other Dactylorizids

D. fuchsii Common Spotted Orchid D. maculata Heath Spotted Orchid D. viridis Frog Orchid
Habitats Various reports focussing on western Places, their topography and associated Plants and Animals…

Habitats

Kesh Mountain, Co. Sligo.  A free-standing large hill with many interesting plants, caves, history and pre-historic remains. [MORE] Eagles Nest, Co. Leitrim.[MORE]
Birds and other Animals Our former site (LoughAllenBasin.com), now archived, was motivated by the stunning wildlife of that location and the time and the boat we had. We will be transferring some of the data from that site to here.

Daubenton’s Bat

The ‘water bat’ on the Shannon * One of the few mammals we have studied. Report shows distribution and population change over 10 yrs. Opens NEW TAB to Lough Allen Site. (Broswer BACK)

Red-breasted Merganser

A year in the life of our Mergansers * A beautiful duck, common in the sea around Ireland in Winter with an interesting small breeding population in Lough Allen that we have have studied for many years almost exclusively.

Glaucous Gull

A frequent visitor to NW Ireland. Not a native Gull but seen around the north west coast from October to May. A very large gull with no black on wing-tips and often an overall magnolia/white colour

Common Scoter

Few sightings on L. Arrow. A declining breeder in Lough Arrow. Numbers are few now probably due to and movement of their breeding range northwards.

Common Tern

An expanding species in Western Lakes * This Report is from L. Allen but will open in a new Tab.

Common Sandpiper

Distinctive bird of western shores * Opens a New Tab in LoughAllebBasin.com
Правда хорошо, а счастье лучше…
(An acknowledgement to Governor Romanzoff for supporting early Botanical work in the N. Pacific.)
It is good to know the truth, but better to be happy... 
Reputed ancient site for Eagles but none here now though Donegal birds can be seen occasionally in the area. Mainly interesting from a geological viewpoint and for some rare surviving alpine plants. Dartry Mountains, Co. Sligo.
The mountain range containing Truskmore, Benwiskin and other high limestone areas known for rare saxifrages and other alpine plants. The Burren, Co. Clare. One of Ireland’s prime orchid sites. South L. Cullin mudflats (RIGHT) and some breeding birds. Strandhill Habitat, Co. Sligo (IN PREPARATION) A major Dune, machair, and estuarine habitat with many interesting plants, birds and mammals.
Lough Cullin mudflats in Spring.

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OtherTopics / We use this column to report on News / Current Events / Ideas & Dreams…

News / Editorial

Something New

A lovely new Plant to us discovered yesterday. This is…

Conservation…

Spiranthes romanzoffiana really should be protected in Ireland. It is (by Law) but in other ways it just looks after itself! It is a robust but very rare plant. We have attempted conservation before but now want to work with local and National interests on a new venture. [MORE]

Photographs & Facts

At first glance these ‘Hyacinths’ might puzzle! But initial impressions can be very deceiving and facts require deeper examination. These are Early Purple Orchids from The Burren. Most orchids have colour variants and this large cluster of big beautiful Purple Orchids consisted of large healthy specimens in perfect condition and… all white! Click on the Image BELOW to convince yourself…
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