Leucistic blackbird

You might be interested in this perfectly white, leucistic blackbird, spotted just outside Cork city. – Billy Kemp, Macroom This is a leucistic blackb(...)

For inshore fishermen, sprat are now seen as an alternative catch to the lost abundance of skate, ray, plaice and other inshore species. Drawing by Michael Viney

A torrent of little silvery sprats was spilling in panic out of the sea, chased ashore by mackerel, and people were scooping them up with buckets, gle(...)

An unusual visitor: A Great White Pelican in Arklow, Co Wicklow, on Thursday. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

A Great White Pelican caused some ruffled feathers on Thursday after it escaped from Fota Wildlife Park on Little Island in Co Cork and flew as far no(...)

Frost on a polytunnel

These frost patterns appeared recently on the polytunnel. I had forgotten how beautiful they could be. – Fred Fitzsimons, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan (...)

Blackbird (Turdus merula). Photograph: Brian Burke/Birdwatch Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland is calling on members of the public to help it keep track of “our beloved garden birds” by taking part in its annual garden bird sur(...)

The hen harrier is among the birds that BirdWatch Ireland says will be threatened by the new legislation. Photograph: iStock

The passing of legislation that will expand the period during the year allowing for the burning of vegetation and the destruction of hedgerows signals(...)

Charred landscape: members of the Defence Forces extinguishing gorse fires in Cloosh valley, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Government has been accused by the Green Party of negligence and a lack of foresight over the recent spate of gorse fires around the country. It (...)

A lone cyclist passes by the smouldering gorse on the Seanafeistin Rd close to Cloosh Valley in Connemara on May 9th. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Government plans to extend the gorse burning season until the end of March are deeply flawed and will lead to more of the devastating fires that have (...)

A bird’s nest burned in a gorse fire in Coumkeen near Bantry, Co Cork. Photograph: BirdWatch Ireland

Gorse fires across the countryside are “devastating” for wildlife and bird populations, conservation organisation BirdWatch Ireland has said. Several(...)

The huge gorse fire at Ballintogher in Sligo, which raged for more than 30 hours. Photograph: Sligo County Council

A large gorse fire that raged on a mountain in Sligo for more than 30 hours has been brought under control. Sligo County Council confirmed the fire i(...)

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