A short test of knowledge of the natural world
HERE is a short quiz to see how your knowledge of the natural world is, as you laze around during the Christmas holidays.
Although we associate this time of year with eating, it is also a perfect time to get out and enjoy our wonderful natural environment. Make a walk by the coast or in the woods more interesting by seeing how many species of bird you can identify at this time of year. Or test your knowledge of identifying trees when they have shed their leaves – not so easy. Or just get out and walk clear the head and you will feel the better for it.
Nollaig faoi shéain is faoi mhaise díbh go léir agus tá súil agam go mbeidh 2015 thar na bearta agaibh chomh maith. 1. What is the sloe the fruit of ? 2. How many vertebrae do mammals have in their neck? 3. The Sycamore tree is not native to Ireland, Who introduced it? 4. What colour are Yew tree berries when ripe? 5. What is another name for the woodbine? 6. What plants are useful indictors of air pollution? 7. What is the name of a badger’s home? 8. What fish found in Europe is regarded as the freshwater
equivalent of a shark? 9. How many eyes does a spider have? 10. What is the fastest running bird? 11. Who was the first person to cross the Antarctic circle in 1773? 12. What is Ireland’s heaviest flying bird? 13. What tree is known as the ‘Lady of the Woods’? 14. What are the two species of seal found around the coast of
Ireland? 15. What fish part, often found on the seashore, is given to caged
birds? 16. Name the two main types of bogland found in Ireland? 17. What species of mammal did the Normans introduce to
Ireland? 18. What percentage of water on Earth is fresh? 19. What is Apiphobia? 20. What is the collective noun for owls? 21. Where are the oldest known footprints in Ireland and what
type of creature made them? 22. Where did the Bewick’s Swan get its name? 23. What are nature’s common warning colours? 24. What is the largest land carnivore? 25. How much of the world’s ice is contained in the Antarctic
1. The blackthorn 2. Seven. All mammals have seven vertebrae in their necks 3. The Romans 4. Scarlet red 5. Honeysuckle 6. Lichens. Most species cannot tolerate pollution 7. A sett 8. The pike 9. Most species have eight. There are nine species that have six. 10. The Ostrich can reach speeds of up to 96.5km/h 11. Captain James Cook 12. The Mute Swan. The male can weigh up to 14kg 13. Silver birch 14. Common and Atlantic Grey 15. Cuttlefish. The backbone is used by pet birds to sharpen their
bills. 16. Raised bog and blanket bog. 17. The rabbit – which was introduced 800 years ago. 18. 3% but 2% of this is frozen in the polar ice caps and glaciers. 19. Fear of bees. 20. A Parliament. 21. Valentia Island. They were made by a Tetrapod, a cross between an amphibian and a reptile, 385 million years ago. That is 150 million years before dinosaurs walked the earth. 22. They were named after the wood engraver Thomas Bewick who died in 1828. He was famous for his publication of the ‘History of British Birds’. 23. Yellow and black. 24. The Polar Bear. One animal was recorded as weighing 1,000kg
and was 3.4 metres long. 25. 90%.