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(...)

Carrowbehy Bog SAC in Co Roscommon is one of Ireland’s wettest and most important raised bogs. Photograph courtesy Ronan Casey/The Living Bog

Visit the Living Bog project in the midlands and you will see, not a dank brown landscape, but a vibrant “tapestry” of colour teeming with life. It’s(...)

Coastal lake in Connemara. Illustration: Michael Viney

When Europe’s vegetation crept back after the last ice age, Ireland was left rather limited in species. But many of our native plants now grow in land(...)

Liffey Head Bog in Co Wicklow. Photograph courtesy: Dr Catherine O’Connell / IPCC.

Ongoing turf cutting in one third of Irish bogs is contributing to the “shocking degradation” of the country’s peatlands, a new 10 year research repor(...)

One of the Large Heath Butterflies recorded in Co Kildare. Photograph: Tristram Whyte

Conservationists have recorded a substantial increase in an endangered species of butterfly whose numbers act as a crucial indicator of the health of (...)

Oonagh Duggan

Members of environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are usually people who enjoy the outdoors so much that they have built their careers ar(...)

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(...)

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