Kerry farmers meet Galway counterparts to work on trail repair and erosion management issues as part of the new national uplands initiative supported by the Heritage Council Photograph: Siobhan Bennett

Mountain habitats under threat from environmental degradation are to be managed through a new partnership between State bodies and upland communities.(...)

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(...)

 A display of plastic at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf, north Dublin,  explaining  how the supermarket plans to  tackle the problem of excessive plastics.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A “shop and drop” day of action on plastic packaging at supermarkets on Saturday and community cleanups of waterways, beaches and public areas over th(...)

Rewet wet wet: some of the damming volunteers on Girley Bog. Photograph: Dora Kazmierak

Little is more miserable, weatherwise, than a really wet Irish summer Sunday. On a drive from Dublin to Kells recently the horizontal rain hammering o(...)

Scots pines at Doolough: remnants of Ireland’s ancient pines lay buried beneath. Illustration: Michael Viney

On the other side of the mountain, Doo Lough Pass is a spectacular glacial valley between Mweelrea and the Sheeffry Hills, its stretch of the Wild Atl(...)

Squeezing Spaghnum: Leonie Tijsma (centre left, in yellow vest) guiding a walk on Lodge Bog, part of the Lullymore complex in Co Kildare. Photograph: Tadhg Ó Corcora

Joni Mitchell neatly summed up a paradox about conservation in a single line from one of her most memorable 1970s songs, Big Yellow Taxi: “You don’t k(...)

Straboy Wind Energy Ltd sought permission for 25 turbines with 64m hub heights and 71m rotor blades. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

The Irish wind industry has suffered another major setback with a decision by An Bord Pleanála to overturn Donegal County Council’s approval for 25 la(...)

Where would we be without summer camps? At home driving each other bonkers, that’s where. The summer camps market has exploded in the past deca(...)