English artist Nathalie Beauvillain Scott has created a portrait of Bob Geldof entitled ‘F*** Mondays’ which is among the pieces on display at the BP Portrait Award exhibition which opens at the Ulster Museum in Belfast on Friday. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

Paintings by five Irish artists feature in a new international portrait exhibition opening at the Ulster Museum in Belfast on Friday. It is the firs(...)

Nephrops prawn: more than 80 per cent of them collected in the Clyde firth in Scotland and surrounding sea lochs had eaten plastic, including monofilament line and fragments of plastic bags. Illustration: Michael Viney Nephrops prawn: more than 80 per cent of them collected in the Clyde firth in Scotland and surrounding sea lochs had eaten plastic, including monofilament line and fragments of plastic bags. Illustration: Michael Viney

It’s a good 15 years since I first took note of nurdles – a nonsense name for an insidious substance. Feather-light, translucent beads of polypropylen(...)

Spring audition: Browning wrote about the song thrush. Illustration: Michael Viney

Back on duty as soon as the rising temperature allowed, a song thrush has been waiting on the same branch, morning after morning, to share with(...)