Illustration: Michael Viney

Garderners welcome this shy bird’s services in eating bothersome flies and midges, but they’ll struggle to make friends with it

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Pilot whales: a pod of 13 beached in Co Donegal last month. Illustration: Michael Viney

Scientists have found that stray magnetic fields can steer them off course

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Shimmering stone: Carrowniskey beach before storms. Illustration: Michael Viney

There is a wealth of geology on apparently humdrum Irish beaches where beauty and variety can be found in the quartz, jasper and (...)

Swallows: master and mistress of the garden. Illustration: Michael Viney

A beginners’ brood of swallows has emerged from the woodshed

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‘Pantano Romanesco’: gloriously obese and richly flavoured fruits. Illustration: Michael Viney

Try a home-grown version for flavour that pushes months of commercial lookalikes safely out of mind

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