We rarely stop to think that the night is necessary and good for life. Therefore, we do not realise that protecting the night sky is a valuable step to conserving bio-diversity. The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve is rich in wildlife and it is imperative that we mind it. By learning more about the animals and plants we share our planet with, their behavior, habitats and mating rituals, we can begin to realise that they too deserve a home, protection and respect. Nature created them as equal inhabitants of planet Earth, yet we persist in the false notion that we alone are somehow more deserved of its bounty.
OUR PRECIOUS WILDLIFE
Nothing is more delightful than going for a walk or drive and coming across wild creatures. The Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve is full of such moments with the added bonus of having fields full of grazing cows and sheep. Along the hillsides you will see wild goats. In the gardens and along the hedgerows many different kinds of birds flutter and sing. Large numbers of wildfowl and waders winter in Ireland, attracted by the mild climate. About half the world population of Greenland white-fronted goose spends the winter. During autumn, many migrating seabirds can be seen off the coasts including several species of skuas, shearwaters and petrels. Ireland’s westerly position means that North American birds are regularly recorded in autumn.
UNDER THE DARK WATERS OF THE KERRY DARK-SKY RESERVE
The above scene looks peaceful without any sign of animal, insect or bird – but they are there. Wild areas like these are a haven for wildlife that depend on the natural rhythm of the day/night cycle as critical to survival.
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