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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Loretta Neary, of the South Kildare Beekeepers Assoc,  with Fintan Kelly, of An Taisce, protest outside Leinster House over the proposed changes to the Heritage Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Environmental groups from across the State have called on the Seanad to drop proposed changes to the Heritage Bill which they say ignore science and w(...)

Hedge layer Mark McDowell partially slices the base of a blackthorn branch. Photograph: Richard Johnston

They criss-cross the Irish countryside like arteries and can be found (surviving as fragments) in our cities and towns, where they offer motorists, cy(...)

Destruction of hedges and verges in Co Meath. Photograph: James McConnell

Even though they can look nice and green, surveys of hedgerows in 15 counties and regions have found that the majority are in a poor condition and wil(...)

Save the hedge: home to birds, bats, insects and small animals.

A drive to protect our hedgerows has begun with the launch of a national hedgerow database which will allow people to record details about hedgerows i(...)