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(...)

Freshwater pearl mussels can live up to 130 years

Several Connemara communities have called for the immediate suspension of activity on local wind farm developments, following identification of endang(...)

Many turf-cutters have now stopped cutting, or relocated their cutting to an unprotected bog. Photograph: Eric Luke

The now perennial summer bother on Ireland’s raised bogs between turf-cutters and conservationists, which has flared up again in east Galway and Rosco(...)

Turf-cutting on the raised bog in Monivea, Co Galway over the weekend. Photograph: David Walsh

The European Commission has warned it may take legal action against Ireland if illegal turf-cutting continues on protected raised bogs. The commission(...)

WB Yeats’s  grave in Drumcliffe Churchyard, with Ben Bulben in the background. A planned Gathering 2013 event will involve participants, for  €20 each,  being given  a coloured poncho and invited to participate in a “choreographed message of hope inspired by WB Yeats’s poetry”. Photograph: Pat Langan

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is seeking more details of a planned Gathering 2013 event under Sligo’s Ben Bul(...)