Page 2, The Irish Times, Wednesday, May 23, 2007
By Seán Mac Connell, Agriculture Correspondent
A huge percentage of Irish children can identify fewer than 10 species of Irish animals and plants but can recognise thousands of commercial logos, a conference heard yesterday.
Dr. Matthew Jebb, taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, told a climate and biodiversity symposium at Cultivate in Dublin's Temple Bar that he suspected the same was true of Irish adults.
"We need a huge education programme here to explain to our people how important biodiversity is to all of us," he told the symposium called to mark International Biodiversity Day.
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