Endangered Species


Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my sighing.

- Psalm 5, 1


Many species of bird, animals, insects and plants are threatened with extinction due to habitat destruction through deforestation, urban & industrial development, agricultural expansion, overfishing and other human pressure. Extinction means the end of a species' existence either regionally, in the wild or sadly, a complete elimination! Just imagine! However, we no longer need to imagine it because it is happening right now! Many of these species are known to us but according to scientists, many others will become extinct before we ever discover them especially those in the tropical forests and the deep seas!

Gannet gathering building material for nesting on Saltee, Co. Wexford - Photo by Adrian McGrath


Happy are all who take refuge in the Lord

- from Psalm 2, 12


Inform ourselves by viewing Red List Data

To check out some of the endangered species in your own country, just look for the Red List data supplied by your national parks and wildlife service (NPWS) and by nature conservation groups.

 A slug in the Burren, Co. Clare

Online Resources - International

Check out the Red List data supplied by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources here.

 Dragonfly resting on grass from above - Photo by Adrian McGrath

Online Resources - Ireland

Check out the Bird Conservation Red List compiled by BirdWatch Ireland and the RSPB Northern Ireland here (updated in 2009).

Check out how 18% of Irish butterfly species are threatened with extinction by viewing the Butterfly Red List compiled in 2010 by the Irish NPWS here.

Check out how 17% of Irish dragonfly & damselfly species are threatened by viewing the Dragonfly & Damselfly Red List compiled in 2011 by the Irish NPWS here.

Click on the topic to view the Red List for Irish terrestrial mammals (2009), non-marine molluscs (2009), water beetles (2009), bees (2006), and vascular plants (1988).

Puffin on Great Saltee, Co. Wexford - Photo by Adrian McGrath

Check out our section on Nature Reference Books for more information.


Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God,

for to you I pray.

- Psalm 5, 2


Praised be You

my Lord

with all

Your creatures

- St. Francis