A number of species are ‘critically endangered’ and face a real risk of disappearing entirely without urgent action, including the curlew. Photograph: Mark L Stanley via Getty Images

Mass extinction of species is happening on Ireland’s doorstep. “It is not something which is happening somewhere else,” according to the Irish Wildlif(...)

Illustration: Michael Viney

The rewilding of landscapes, now under way at a score of European locations, is intended to restore lost native wildlife to protected habitats. Models(...)

The angel shark has faced quite different threats to leave it ‘critically endangered’. Drawing: Michael Viney

There are many strange-shaped sharks in the world, but a big fish native to big sandy bays on Ireland’s west coast is among the least shark-like of al(...)

The basking shark is facing extinction in Irish waters, according to a new report. File photograph: Getty Images

Extinction threatens 48 species living in the Irish marine environment, including fish, crustaceans, shellfish and invertebrates, according to a new I(...)

Scorched earth: Irish uplands are no longer the fauna-rich places they once were, according to the Irish Wildlife Trust. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Wildlife Trust has complained to the European Commission about the Irish Government’s failure to tackle illegal gorse fires. The conservat(...)

Anja Murray: “When you go out with friends and children, leave your phones at home and go with the intention of noticing what’s going on around you.”

As National Heritage Week focuses on nature, Sylvia Thompson asks environmentalists how – in spite of the gloomy statistics on species loss and habita(...)

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(...)

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