undoubtedly a nature lover's paradise. Especially in the West of
Ireland there is a unique combination of sand-and limestone soils,
bog lands, lakes and woodlands.
variety of flowers, shrubs and trees burst into bloom every year.
The influence of the Gulf Stream with its warm, moist and "soft" air
stream and the very small winter/summer temperature differential
enhances the growth of many commonly known plants, as well as
several rare kinds of flora. No wonder the local farmers praise
every day as it comes "grand soft day today, thank the
landscape offers great shelter and plenty of food supply for a large
variety of animals. The common ones as deer, fox, hare and pheasant
can often be spotted from the horse. More difficult to find are the
badger and the pine martin. Ireland's large bird population is
evident where ever you go. And if you are lucky you could even see
some, like the grouse, which are getting dangerously close to
showy butterflies with up to 30 species dance through the summer
The abundance of
lakes and rivers in Ireland attract course and game anglers alike.
Often you can spot the pike lying in the shallow waters, taking in
the heat of the summer sun. In the clear waters the lively Salmon
and Trout challenge every anglers skill.
The peat or bog
land is one of Irelandís great natural assets, not only as an energy
source, but as some of its last wild areas. It can be difficult and
dangerous to access. But as long as you stay on the old bog
roads,you will be alright. In some places you could even spot the
Celtic toughers still crossing the