Eye on Nature: Ethna Viney on bee houses, beetles, spiders, ducks and a rare fungus
Apart from its rarity and ethereal beauty, the botanical fascination of the fern includes a quirk of lifestyle largely peculiar to Ireland
The cabbage white butterfly is a multifaceted insect – if only it would keep off my brassicas
Readers’ nature questions answered, plus observations and photos
Stingless, most no bigger than a thumbnail, hoverflies are a largely unsung legion among our insect pollinators
Eye on Nature: Ethna Viney on black rabbits, butterflies and mating hedgehogs
Woodlouse spider, solitary bees, fledgling chaffinch and thieving black crows
Native to big sandy bays on the west coast it may not survive to breed there any more
The hovering kestrel has an ability to track voles on the ground through UV reflections from the urine and faeces the rodents use to scent-mark their runways
Ethna Viney on coloured insects, dappled ducks and multiplying water snails
Eye on Nature: Ethna Viney on a harbour porpoise, a melanistic fox and a growing flock of yellowhammers
Another Life: Michael Viney on the slow return of one of Ireland’s rarest mammals
Another Life: Michael Viney on his awe for a key voice in ‘Dawn Chorus 2018’
Eye on Nature: Ethna Viney on lizards, urchins and birds’ nests in strange places
Eye on Nature: Your notes and queries for Ethna Viney
Measuring some 300,000km, their value to biodiversity remains paramount
Dolphin’s head, crayfish, inseparable geese and sea beans
Michael Viney: Smartphone cameras allow us to get in close, often to a hand’s breadth of the subject
Masked crab in Wexford, hungry herons in Cork and an arctic redpoll in Kerry
Lophelia pertusa is the great builder of deep-sea reefs, with live coral crests as rich in species as rainforests
Dr Don Cotton has produced a fascinating study of marine debris along the Sligo coast
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