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Invasive Species

 

All wild plants animals and birds are given some measure of protection in Northern Ireland under the Wildlife (NI) Order, 1985.

 

Fifty-six plant species, listed in Schedule 8, parts 1 and 2, are given special protection.The order has the effect that, unless you have a licence, you may not: intentionally pick, uproot or destroy any wild plants listed in the schedule, or even collect their flowers and seeds; sell these plants or their seeds if taken from the wild; uproot any wild plants intentionally, except on your own land or with permission.

Members and Visitors have Identified the Following Species

 on and around Rams Island to Date

as more are identified this page will be updated

Species Identified Rams Island

Invasive / Problem Species Highlighted  Click for more Details

Birds (many of these species are on the Amber List)
 

Blackbird                    Turdus merula

Blackcap                     Sylvia aticapilla

Black-headed gull         Larus ridibundus

Blue Tit                       Parus caeruleus

Bullfinch                      Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Buzzard                       Buteo buteo

Chaffinch                     Fringilla coelebs

Chiffchaff                    Phylloscopus collybita

Coal Tit                        Parus ater

Common gull                 Larus canus

Common Sandpiper        Actitis hypoleucos

Common Tern               Sterna hirundo

Coot                            Fulica atra

Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax carbo

Dunnock                       Prunella modularis

Gadwall                        Anas strepera

Goldcrest                      Regulus regulus

Goldeneye                     Bucephla clangula

Great Black-backed Gull  Larus marinus

Great Crested Grebe      Podiceps cristatus

Great Tit                       Parus major

Grey heron                    Ardea cinerea

Grey Phalarope              Phalaropus fulicarius

Hooded Crow                Corvus cornix

House Martin                  Delichon urbica

Jackdaw                       Corvus monedula

Kingfisher                     Alcedo atthis 

Lesser Black-Backed gull Larus fuscus

Long Tailed Tit              Aegithalos caudatus

Magpie                         Pica pica

Mallard                         Anas platyrhynchos

Moorhen                      Gallinula chloropus

Mute Swan                    Cygnus olor

Pheasant                      Phasianus colchicus

Pied wagtail                 Motacilla alba

Pochard                        Aythya ferina

Red Breasted Merganser  Mergus serrator

Robin                         Erithacus rubecula

Rook                          Corvus frugilegus

Sand Martin                 Riparia riparia 

Scaup                         Aythya marila

Sedge Warbler            Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Shelduck                     Tadorna tadorna 

Sparrowhawk              Accipiter nisus

Starling                       Sturnus vulgaris

Swallow                      Hirundo rustica

Swift                           Apus apus

Teal                             Anas crecca

Treecreeper                 Certhia familiaris

Tufted duck                  Aythya fuligula

Willow Warbler            Phylloscopus trochilus 

Wigeon                       Anas penelope

Woodcock                   Scolopax rusticola            

Wood Pigeon               Columba palumbus

Wren                           Troglodytes troglodytes

Mammals

Bats                       Common  pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus)                               

                                    Soprano  pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus)

                                    Nathusius's pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii)

                                    Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii)

                                    Leisler's bat (Nyctalus leisleri)

Otter                            Lutra lutra

Rabbit                          Oryctolagus cuniculus

Trees

Sessile Oak                      Quercus petraea

Ash                                 Fraxinus excelsior

Alder                              Alnus glutinosa

Aspen                             Populus Tremula

White Willow                  Salix alba

Grey Willow                    Salix cinerea

Crack Willow                   Salix fragilis

Wych Elm                       Ulmus glabra montana

Hawthorn                         Crataegus monogyna

Silver Birch                     Betula pendula

Downy Birch                    Betula pubescens

Beech                             Fagus sylvatica

Copper Beech                  Fagus sylvatica purpurea

Sycamore                        Acer pseudoplatanus

Elder                              Sambucus nigra

Lime                               Tilia x vulgaris

Holly                                Ilex aquifolium

Horse Chestnut                 Aesculus hippocastanum

Walnut                            Juglans regia

Yew                                Taxus baccata

Flowers and Shrubs

Red Campion                   Silene dioica

Snowdrops                       Galanthus nivalis

Bluebells                          Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Bluebells                          Hyacinthoides hispanica

Primrose                          Primula vulgaris

Ground-ivy                      Glechoma hederacea

Marsh Marigold                 Caltha palustris

Monkshood                      Aconitum napellus agg.

Dog Rose                         Rosa canina
 

Yellow flag iris                 Iris pseudacorus

Common Reed                 Phragmites australis

Bugle                               Ajuga reptans

Lords and Ladies (Jack in the Pulpit) Arum maculatum

Wild Mint                         Mentha sativa

Butchers Broom                Ruscus aculeatus

Wild Garlic                      Allium ursinum

Lesser Celandine              Ranunculus ficaria

Daffodils                         Narcissus   pseudonarcissus
                                   
Ivy                                  Hedra helix

Nettle                              Uritica dioica

Bulrush                             Typha latifolia

Himalayan balsam            Impatiens glandulifera

Ferns

Broad Buckler-fern           Dryopteris dilatata

Lady Fern                        Athyrium filix-femina

Common Male Fern          Dryopteris filix-mas

Fungi

Ascomycetes                   Cup fungi

Cramp balls "King Alfred's cakes"    Daldinia concentrica

Coral-spot Fungus               Nectria cinnabarina 

Beech Woodwart               Hypoxylon fragiforme

Brittle Cinder                    Ustulina deusta

Scarlet Elfcup                    Sarcoscypha austriaca

Candle-snuff Fungus            Xylaria hypoxylon 

Dead Moll's Fingers              Xylaria longipes   

Dead Man's Fingers              Xylaria polymorpha  

                                         Hypoxylon petriniae

Aphyllophoroid Fungi       Bracket fungi
 

Blushing Bracket                  Daedaleopsis confragosa 

Dryad's Saddle                     Polyporus squamosus 

Southern Bracket                 Ganoderma adspersum

Oak Bracket                         Inonotus dryadeus

Alder Bracket                       Inonotus radiatus 

Willow Bracket                    Phellinus igniarius

Hairy Curtain Crust               Stereum hirsutum

Bleeding Broadleaf Crust       Stereum rugosum

Hairy Bracket                       Trametes hirsute

Turkeytail                            Trametes versicolor 

                                          Peniophora lycii

                                          Meruliopsis corium

Phragmobasidiomycetes     Jelly Fungi

Jelly Ear                            Hirneola auricula-judae 

White Brain                         Exidia thuretiana                                    

Boletes and Agarics

Red Cracking Bolete              Boletus chrysenteron

Honey Fungus                        Armillaria mellea 

Butter Cap                            Collybia butyracea 

Common Ink-cap                    Coprinus atramentarius 

Porcelain Fungus "poached egg toadstool" Oudemansiella mucida

Soft Slipper Toadstool            Crepidotus mollis  

Sheathed Woodtuft                Galerina mutabilis

Collared Parachute                 Marasmius rotula

Fawn Pluteus  Deer Shield       Pluteus cervinus  

Willow Shield                         Pluteus salicinus 

Gasteroid Fungi

Common Puffball                    Lycoperdon perlatum

Pestle-Shaped Puffball            Calvatia excipuliformis  

Stump Puffball wolf-fart puffballs”     Lycoperdon pyriforme  

Tricladida: Terricola             Worms

New Zealand flatworm           Arthurdendyus triangulatus

Common land planarian           Microplana terrestris

Mollusca                                Snails, slugs

Waxy glass-snail                      Aegopinella nitidula
Garden slug                            Arion distinctus
Moss snail                               Cochlicopa lubricella
Caruana's slug                          Deroceras caruanae
Gray field slug                         Deroceras reticulatum
Rounded snail                          Discus rotundatus
Chrysalis snail                          Lauria cylindracea
Irish yellow slug                       Limacus maculatus
Tree slug                                 Limax marginatus
Budapest slug                           Milax budapestensis
Garlic snail                              Oxychilus alliarius
Cellar snail                              Oxychilus cellarius
Amber snail                             Oxyloma pfeifferi
Pullicid glass snail                     Vitrina pellucida

Chilopoda                               Centipedes

Garden Centipede                    Lithobius forficatus
Variegated centipede               Lithobius variegatus 

Diplopoda                               Millipedes

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede      Cylindroiulus punctatus
Snake millipede                       Ophyiulus pilosus
White-legged millipede            Tachypodoiulus niger

Crustacea:Isopoda                  Slaters


Common woodlouse                  Oniscus asellus
Common striped woodlouse       Philoscia muscorum
Little boll                                 Porcellio scaber
Common Pygmy Woodlouse        Trichoniscus pusillus

Coleoptera                              Beetles
                     

Ptiliidae                                   Point beetles 

point beetle                              Ptenidium nitidum

Carabidae                                Ground beetles

ground beetle                            Abax parallelepipedus
ground beetle                            Agonum albipes
ground beetle                            Agonum assimile
ground beetle                            Asaphidion curtum
ground beetle                            Bembidion clarki Nb (notable). Rare in Ireland - still at Portmore Lough (RSPB)
ground beetle                            Bembidion harpaloides
ground beetle                            Bembidion tetracolum
ground beetle                            Calathus piceus
ground beetle                            Nebria brevicollis
ground beetle                            Pterostichus anthracinus
Strawberry ground beetle           Pterostichus madidus

Cantharidae                              Soldier beetles
                                   

soldier beetle                            Cantharis nigricans

Staphylinidae                             Rove beetles

rove beetle                                Atheta britanniae                       
rove beetle                                Atheta crassicornis
rove beetle                                Autalia rivularis
rove beetle                                Carpelimus corticinus
rove beetle                                Cordalia obscura
rove beetle                                Dimetrota aterrima
rove beetle                                Phloeopora testacea
rove beetle                                Quedius mesomelinus
rove beetle                                Xantholinus linearis

Cryptophagidae                         Silken fungus beetles

silken fungus beetle                     Micrambe bimaculata      very rare - Lough Neagh only in Ireland.

Nitidulidae                                 Fungus beetles

fungus beetle                              Cychramus luteus

Scraptidae                                 Tumbling flower beetles

tumbling flower beetle                Anaspis maculata

Coccinellidae                             Ladybirds

cream-spot ladybird                    Calvia quattuordecimguttata

Chrysomelidae                           Leaf beetles

brown willow beetle                   Galerucella lineola

Curculionidae                             Weevils

strawberry Fruit Weevil               Barypeithes araneiformis             
holly weevil/Irish Cossonus Weevil Mesites tardii                              

 

     

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