The Emerald Isle

Much of Ireland’s farming, especially in the west, is still practiced along traditional lines, which is of great value in helping wildlife to survive in good numbers. Ireland was cut off from the rest of the British Isles and Europe by rising sea levels after the last Ice Age, and many animals, common in Europe, are unknown in Ireland as a result. Wild Ireland ABOVE: Wild heather growing on the cliffs high above the Atlantic at Slieve League, County Donegal. LEFT: The red squirrel is a native to Ireland and can be seen in forested areas. OPPOSITE: The Twelve Bens is a mountain range of sharp-peaked quartzite mountains located northeast of Roundstone, Connemara. OVERLEAF: Moll’s Gap near Killarney, County Kerry, is part of the Ring of Kerry route. 244

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