Decline of the bumblebee

There was a horrible inevitability about the latest figures on Irish bumblebee populations; confirming numbers on the island of Ireland are at their l(...)

Native Irish honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera. Photograph: David Raleigh

The pure native Irish honeybee is not extinct as previously feared and is living in many parts of the island of Ireland, a post-graduate research stud(...)

Japanese knotweed in the River Feale catchment, from a report received via the new app

A new mobile phone app has been developed to help tackle the scourge of invasive plant species on riverbanks and roadsides. Limerick City and County (...)

A Nile crocodile, which have been found in the Florida everglades. Photograph: iStock

Beware: the giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, Asian hornet, Siberian muskrat and killer shrimp are taking over. Ireland has endured many invasions th(...)

A honey bee on an apple blossom. Irish people are being asked to do their bit to support bees here by making their gardens ‘bee friendly’ as a third of our 98 bee species threatened with extinction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Ireland’s bees are slowly starving to death, and their loss puts human food crop production at risk. There is an answer to this threat, however, if ev(...)

Where pollinators can flourish: a blackthorn in flower. Illustration: Michael Viney

It looked like a miniature bumblebee, about the size of my little fingernail. Then, lifting from a starry blue flower no bigger than itself, the furry(...)

Bumblebees in Europe and North America may be heading for a wipeout as a result of climate change. They are not migrating northwards to keep in temperate conditions. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Bumblebees in Europe and North America may be heading for a wipeout as a result of climate change. They are not migrating northwards to keep themselve(...)

Nutritionally poor: greater white-toothed shrew

An invasive shrew species is spreading rapidly across the south and midlands, in the process driving out the native pygmy shrew. This is bad news f(...)

Top row, from left, vibrant speckled wood, green-veined white, meadow brown, small copper. Bottom row: orange tip, Essex skipper, red admiral, and holly blue butterfly

Summertime: walks in the woods, rambles by the river, strolls by the sea. The good weather brings many of us out to make the most of the bright eve(...)

Didemnum vexillum or Japanese sea squirt – also known as marine vomit:  can smother other marine life. Photograph Dr Dan Minchin.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service says it is “aware” of the spread in south Galway Bay of the carpet sea squirt, a highly invasive non-native sp(...)

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