This report focuses on the flora and fauna of Ireland and was published in The Times on 25th September 2017:
Environmentalists have warned that a fifth are already threatened and that a hard border (between Ireland and Northern Ireland) could weaken protection of those species most at risk. Lobby groups have visited Brussels to voice their concerns.
According to Patrick Casement, chairman of the Northern Ireland Environment Link, more than 650 pieces of EU legislation have helped environmental protection on the island. An all-island green coalition said the Irish environment has benefited hugely from these laws. They created a more co-ordinated and consistent approach to addressing cross-border environmental issues, such as the conservation of species and habitats, the lobbyists said.
Brexit negotiations have so far focused on the economy, with little mention of the impact on natural heritage.
Irish countryside in the area of Co. Cork from Travellerspoint Travel Photography