Ireland, the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands had the highest percentage of their fishing quotas for 2018 in excess of scientific advice. Photograph: Annie Sakkab/Bloomberg

Ireland is one of the worst EU member states for overfishing in the Atlantic, and is undermining international efforts to restore fish stocks to susta(...)

Connemara corncrake: Inishbofin, out on my horizon, is now one of the bird’s few strongholds and probably where Richard Murphy first heard its “staunchly nailed iambics”. Illustration: Michael Viney

Quicken your tune, O improvise, before The combine and the digger come, Little bridegroom. – Richard Murphy I was reading one of the many online(...)

Starter binocular options at about €120 can greatly enhance your observations. Photograph: ZenShui/Odilon Dimier/Getty Images

Very few people are entirely indifferent to birds, and most of us find them an occasional source of some brief wonder and delight. Even the most comm(...)

The black-legged Kittiwake in classical pose, perched on a coastal cliff face.

The survival of the Kittiwake, a small cliff-nesting species of gull which breeds in colonies around the Irish coast, is globally threatened, accordin(...)

Sweet-pea is a fast-growing annual climber that is ideal for training against a sunny wall or garden fence. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Help! We’ve planted our brand-new garden with lots of long-lived trees, shrubs and perennials that we’ve been assured will look lovely once they grow (...)

The  report is based on analysis of 27,600 mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and cites double-digit decreases in the populations of species such as African lion (above), which has seen a 43 per cent drop since 1993. File photograph: Reuters

Humans and wildlife species face a future of rapid decline — including the heightened possibility of mass extinction — if measures are not taken withi(...)

 Caroline Cowley and  Garrett Phelan outside his Hide Project in north Co Dublin.

A dump, even a decommissioned one, does not seem like an auspicious place to meet an artist to talk about an artwork celebrating nature. But as Garret(...)

The role of the Seanad is a recurring theme of political debate but the Upper House has been living up to its responsibilities in recent months with t(...)

Irish landscape: looking towards Brandon, near Cloghane in Co Kerry. Photograph courtesy of Robert Thompson

“It is essential to live in harmony with nature and mother earth as a fundamental condition for the well-being of all life, which depends on the conse(...)

The false hawk was used to frighten away seagulls and other birds at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A public hospital got into a flap and called a pest-control company when it spotted a dead bird on its roof – but it turned out to be a plastic hawk,(...)

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