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Conservation Facts

strong>Population: 4.2 million
Total Area: 70.280 km2
Population density: 60 per km2
Protected Area: 11%
National Parks: 6
Largest Nature reserve: Wicklow Mountains National Park 205 km2

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PŚl Hermansen

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When the first settlers reached Ireland some 9,000 years ago, they set foot on an island that was sculpted over hundreds and thousands of years by the tremendous power of the advance and retreat of the arctic ice-shield.
Left behind was the enigmatic Burren, a terrain marked by limestone outcroppings and huge boulders strewn by the retreating glaciers. Craggy mountains, steep gorges, fog-shrouded coastlines, peat bogs and vast networks of inland waterways form a living legacy to the historical events.
Whilst Atlantic storms are often clashing to the West Coast, the mild influence of the Gulf Stream allows for lush plant growth of even exotic species like Rhododendron forests, tree ferns from New Zealand and a stunning variety of mosses, liverworth and lichen.
But Ireland has more on offer than ďjustĒ its legendary 40 shades of green. Along its more than 1400km of coastline birdwatchers will find colonies of puffins, auks, guillemots and gannets. The inland has wildlife like badgers, foxes, pine-marten and one last herd of well-protected red deer in Irelandís only remaining Oak forest in the heart of the countryís oldest National Park, Killarney.

The Burren is not only home to 70% of Irelandís native flora, it also allows for a spectacular look back in time. Some 340 Million to be more precise, when the cliffs of Moher, which now rise to more than 700 feet above the ocean, were formed at the bottom of the sea. Similarly stunning is the bizarre lunar landscape of the Giantís Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a mesmerising collection of basalt columns that run from the Antrim Plateau right down to the sea. Itís believed the Giantís Causeway is the work of giant Finn MacCool who made it as a pathway to Scotland, where a rival giant lived.
In the Donegal Mountains the Poisoned Glen is celebrated among botanists as the haunt of uncommon plants. The rugged Donegal highlands may be one of the bleakest places in Ireland, parts of which form the Glenveagh National Park.