Who are you calling common? Above, the viviparous lizard. Photograph: Kieran Flood

Legend has it that St Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, but we still have a few reptiles hanging about in the wild, and a nationwide survey wa(...)

A friend welcomed a badger sett on his land even when they wrenched a sheaf from his best daffodils, just nicely in flower. Illustration:  Michael Viney

A friend with an outlier badger sett just the other side of the hedge was reminded of his intermittent neighbours on a brilliant morning last week whe(...)

Pupils from Sacred Heart school, Portlaoise at the opening of Páirc an Phobail. Photograph: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

Parks and other public amenities play a key role in contributing to health and wellbeing, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan ha(...)

Harlequin  ‘succinea’ ladybird. Photograph: Ken Dolbear/Irish Wildlife Trust

The Irish Wildlife Trust (ITW) is calling on the general public to take photos of the “invasive harlequin ladybird” as part of a project to document l(...)

Gone wild: the rhododendron thrives in Ireland’s moist air. Illustration: Michael Viney

To travel the shores of Killary Harbour, Connacht’s big fjord, just now is to be bathed from time to time in the rosy glow of Rhododendron ponticum. W(...)

Queen guitarist Brian May said the experience of badger culling in Ireland has shown that the process does not work.

Queen guitarist Brian May has described the Irish policy of culling badgers as “utterly laughable” and has vowed to help those(...)