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%.

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