The partridge’s shift from ubiquity to extreme rarity is a textbook illustration of the intimate relationship between wildlife and farming practices.

The courtship song of the grey partridge is rather harsh, to human ears at least. But its kierr-ik dialogue used to be as evocative of Irish summer ni(...)

The dead female hen harrier found in Co Kerry. Photograph: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

An investigation has begun after a young hen harrier was shot dead in Co Kerry. The rare female bird of prey was being followed by thousands of people(...)

Detailed plans for a proposed €126 million redevelopment which would allow Galway harbour to accommodate cruise liners were outlined during the firs(...)

The oral hearing into the first phase of a proposed €126 million expansion of Galway harbour is expected to run for at least three weeks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An Bord Pleanála is due to open an oral hearing today into the first phase of a €126 million expansion of Galway harbour that aims to provide cruise (...)

Common ground?: new rules have dismayed hill farmers. Illustration: Michael Viney

‘For most of an hour’s hike, this bog is a desert of black slime, pricked here and there by a miserable stubble . . . The bog’s final break-up into bl(...)

Injured peregrine falcon with ring on leg which showed it was  young and on one of its first flights. Photograph: Peter Murphy,

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is has appealed for information after a young peregrine falcon was illegally shot in Co Wexford.The native bir(...)

A young rabbit defends itself against a herring gull on Skellig Michael, Co Kerry. Photograph: Michael Kelly

As Skellig Michael braces itself for an encounter with Star Wars film crews, life and death continues on the Unesco world heritage site off the Kerry(...)

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(...)

Éamon Ó Cuív has called on Údarás na Gaeltachta to disclose the sale price of State seaweed company Arramara. Image: Google Street View

Former Gaeltacht minister Éamon Ó Cuív has called on Údarás na Gaeltachta to disclose the sale price of State seaweed company Arramara to a Canadian m(...)

Didemnum vexillum or Japanese sea squirt – also known as marine vomit:  can smother other marine life. Photograph Dr Dan Minchin.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service says it is “aware” of the spread in south Galway Bay of the carpet sea squirt, a highly invasive non-native sp(...)