One of the Large Heath butterflies recorded in Co Kildare. File photograph: Tristram Whyte

Birds, bats, bogs and trees, as well as a unique championship for hedge-laying, are all set to benefit from new biodiversity grants from philanthropi(...)

Abbeyleix Bog. ‘My main hope for the future is in community and volunteer-led initiatives like the Abbeyleix Bog project.’ File photograph:  Bord na Móna

National Biodiversity Week which continues until Saturday, is a celebration of Ireland’s native flowers, trees, insects, animals and birds. Environme(...)

 Annette and Brian Kelly with their four children: Eloi (6); Alienor (9) Lorcan (11) and Dilon (4) from Greystones, Co Wicklow. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The first cold, wet days of winter soon sort out the “fair-weather families” from the outdoorsy types who venture out undeterred in waterproofs and we(...)

Let them prey: a Daubenton’s bat snatches an insect. Illustration: Michael Viney

Late on Hallowe’en night a Co Cork reader, Darius Bartlett of Midleton, out walking his dogs on a quiet boreen, was “surprised and delighted” to find (...)

Refugee: a less horseshoe bat. Illustration: Michael Viney

A clear night in June never quite manages the final fade to black, and a trip to the loo at 4am found the sky above the ridge a lovely deep denim blue(...)