Ilustration: Michael Viney

In the season of moulds, mildews and fungi, spare some dread for an organism, a protist, that shares its biology with potato blight and grapevine dise(...)

A Peacock butterfly feeding on the nectar-rich flowers of oregano growing in Ashtown Walled Garden in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Richard Johnston

The recent drought may not have been kind to many Irish gardens, but oh what a wonderful summer it’s been for seeing butterflies on the wing. In recen(...)

Tideline search: the Shark Trust has been leading a “great egg-case hunt” to locate the nursery grounds of shark, skate and ray species. Illustration: Michael Viney

The most exciting time for the amateur naturalist in Ireland, one might fancy, was when so much of the island’s natural world remained unexplored and (...)