Did you ever suspected that we have a Stick Insect species in Ireland? No?
But we have!:)
Of course, this is an invasive species, so called Unarmed Stick Insect (Acanthoxyla inermis) originated from New Zealand and arrived to Ireland with plants import about century ago. But this is really interesting fact!
Wild population reported for Kenmare Bay area (County Kerry), so perhaps this is worth checking it out on next occasion.
Also this is an important reminder for everyone involved to keeping of exotic animals – be very careful with animals you breed, never let them escape to the wild (and never trow away any eggs etc!). Many species may seem harmless, but in long term perspective they may cause unpredictable and critical damage to local ecosystem.
More information about it on Phasmid Study Group official site.