Flight of the drone: a conference presentation by Liam Murphy of Coastway Surveys showed how unmanned small aircraft explore ecosystems using multi-spectral cameras and sensors

How do you picture a professional ecologist, if you picture one at all? Many of us probably still imagine a figure rather like a Victorian naturalist:(...)

The continued imprisonment of Basque politician Arnaldo Otegi, who persuaded his former comrades in Eta to abandon terrorism, is a stain on Spain’s human rights and democratic credentials. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters.

There is little doubt that the electoral earthquake that has shaken Spain’s two-party system was triggered by a widespread desire for democratic renew(...)

Photovoltaic power panels in El Bonillo, Spain. The big challenge for solar is the creation of large-scale concentrated solar power stations. Photograph:  Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

High-tech fixes are the US cavalry of the climate change movie. The plot runs like this: when all else fails, especially arguments that we should chan(...)

Rogerstown Estuary: long a hidden jewel. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rogerstown Estuary was long a hidden jewel of Co Dublin’s coastal scenery and wildlife, overshadowed by the international reputations and exceptional (...)

People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration. David Ramos/Getty Images

‘Spain without Catalonia would no longer be Spain,” wrote former Spanish prime minister Felipe González in a passionate if blinkered appeal to the (...)

As Irish as a bodhrán: a raised bog. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than 500,000 EU citizens, of whom 7,694 are Irish, signed up last month to an online campaign supporting the EU directives on birds and habitats,(...)

‘Seagulls are often extraordinarily beautiful to the human eye, both in flight and up close and personal.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Doesn’t anybody read Jonathan Livingston Seagull any more? The protagonist of Richard Bach’s hugely popular 1970s adult fable was an exquisitely ether(...)

Essaouira, Morocco

Have you ever fallen in love with the Alhambra in Granada, or wandered in awe through Córdoba’s vast mosque? If so, you may have wondered what Euro(...)

‘The Burren Farming for Conservation Programme, which grew out of an EU Life scheme, has several distinctive features well worth emulating elsewhere.’ Photograph: Getty Images

There’s a very common notion, and a distinctly toxic one, that the relationship between farming and nature conservation in Ireland is necessarily a(...)

Pat Donlon,  with her daughter Sinéad Kelly, granddaughter Emma Kelly and Frank Young at  Phelim Donlon’s funeral,  at the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Phelim Donlon loved this time of year, his wife, Pat, recalled at the end of his funeral Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dubl(...)