So that's it. 400 web pages, 1900 images, 100 megabytes of web space: All dedicated to the wildlife in my patch of Co. Donegal. Probably 1500 hours of work, from photography through web building to research. A major part of my year, I suppose.
Next year will continue in much the same vein, but with the addition of an increasing number of 'species profiles' that will build up into a true Donegal wildlife database.
Howard Fox, for fungal and lichen identifications, inspiration, encouragement, technical expertise and contacts.
Malcolm Storey, for identifications and all-round expertise. Malcolm is responsible for the outstanding Bioimages website: a resource I have found outstandingly useful this year.
Gill Smith, for editing, proofreading, encouragement and all matters botanical. When I write the book about Donegal Hedgerow, Gill will be my editor, proof-reader, spelling and grammar checker and she also knows a handy pedant.
David Mitchel for everything fungal.
The Irish Heritage Council for recognising the importance of my work and providing a grant to support it.
Other names that should be mentioned: Carl Farmer, Maria Cullen, Chris Raper, Mark Shaw, Leon Truscott, Matt Smith, Hubert Fuller, Bob Aldwell, Ian Rippey.
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