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Marine Mammals
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Fungi

Lichens

Lichens are a partnership between two organisms. They consist of a fungi which gives the lichen its shape, and an algae, which produces food or energy by photosynthesis. Some lichens contain cyanobacteria, instead of algae. In the past lichens were often used to dye wool and other materials. Many lichens are very sensitive to air pollution and therefore a good indicator of air quality.

Tree lungwort Lobaria pulmonaria
Tree lungwort is not very common. It is found in some woodlands in the Burren and a small woodland north of Ennis.
Habitat: Grows on trees and rocks.
What could or does threaten the population: Pollution, this lichen only grows in areas with clean air.
Tree lungwort