Images of the Year - Nature and Environment Our favourite nature and environment images from 2017 Wed 3 Jan 2018 Sammy the Seal who is a regular atraction in Wicklow town, forgot it was New Year's day and the Fishmonger was closed as he made his way across the road at South Quay, Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O'Neill Members of the Opw working in conjunction with Students from UCD conduct the annual tagging of Fawns during fawning season in June. The team find, measure, tag and DNA sample fawns before they grow too big to catch. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times A braying deer in Dublins Phoenix park as the rutting seasons begins. Photograph: Niall Carson / PA The Poolbeg incinerator took it's first deliveries in April - staff and waste lorries dwarfed in the structure as they prepared to make the first refuse deposits at the incinerator. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times Steam coming out of the new Poolbeg incinerator, view from Sandymount, Dublin in November. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times A photographer sets up a shot at dusk at the upper lake in Glendalough Co Wickow. Photograph: Dave Meehan Flames rise from the smouldering gorse as Brothers Barry and Jimmy Griffin from Killeen, Carraroe, tend to their turf near Seanafeistin in May. In the distance behind the hills smoke rises from burning trees close to Ireland's largest wind farm, Galway Wind Park, at Cloosh Valley. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy. A rainbow forms over Blacksod Bay during the LE Eithne searches for Rescue 116 at Blacksod, Co. Mayo where the search for the stricken helicopter was centred. Photograph: Colin Keegan / Collins Adrian Marshall, from Booterstown with his dog Willow on Sandymount Strand, Dublin in January. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times A deer with long grass caught on its antlers in the Phoenix Park, Dublin in October. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins The arrival of a black swan to Galway city in March drew much attention where she happily joined the 60-strong flock of mute swans at the Claddagh. It is thought she may be the first black swan to have arrived in Galway, possibly from England. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy President Michael D.Higgins and his wife Sabina photographed in the Greening The City exhibit by Dublin City Council/Dara O'Daly during the first day of Bloom 2017 in the Phoenix Park in June. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times Two weeks after Hurricane Ophelia a family walking on Bank Holiday Monday at Preghane Point near Kinsale Co. Cork stop to gaze out at calm waters and clear skies. The area took a severe beating from the hurricane a fortnight previously. Photograph : Bryan O'Brien / The Irish Times Beach fishing on New Years day with high rollers and high wind, at St Finian's Bay, on the Skellig Ring, Co. Kerry. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times Ciaran Martin from Palmerstown , Dublin pictured with his children Mason aged 5 and Kyle aged 6 trying to hit conkers from a Chestnut Tree in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Tom Honan Kitesurfing on Dollymount beach, Clontarf Dublin in September. Photograph: Tom Honan.