Monthly Archives: May 2019

Frogs in Howth and Sutton

Sutton resident Laura O’Neill is currently pursuing a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation in Trinity College Dublin and is carrying out a research project investigating the habitats and genetic diversity of frogs in Howth and Sutton. This is a continuation of a project carried out by Meghan Doyle in 2015 which involved some interesting results for frogs in our local area.

Laura wants to find out if any HSHS members currently have frogs, frequently had frogs in the past, or have had recent sightings of frogs in their gardens. This includes frogs of any size, tadpoles and frog spawn. In addition, if frogs are present, is there a pond, waterbody or wetland present in the garden?

If you or anyone you know in the locality are interested in their garden being included in the study, Laura can be contacted by email at to discuss this further.
Any information will be beneficial to her project and would be greatly appreciated.

Shrub of the Month – May

This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.

Abutilon vitifolium “Suntense”

Sun-loving shrub,grow against a warm wall for winter protection.

Large blue flowers from May.
Height up to 3 metre




Rosa “Canary Bird”

Rosa xanthina ‘Canary Bird’ is one of the earliest roses to flower in the gardening year. Pale yellow, scented flowers are produced on arching stems in mid-late spring. There is often a second flush of flowers in late summer.