The curlew, an endangered species in Ireland.

Ireland continues to experience accelerating biodiversity loss, with a third of wild bee species threatened with extinction while two-thirds of wild (...)

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan pictured at the North Bull Island, in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A strategic review of the role of National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) has been announced by the Government – in response to a key demand from(...)

Badger deaths total 1,990 to date, heaviest on the Dublin commuter belt in Leinster, and in Co Clare and west Cork. Drawing: Michael Viney

Beyond the darkling hills of the Wild Atlantic Way, the big roads widen, straighten, point sweepingly from A to B. In the nights before Christmas I im(...)

The peregrine falcon: Just over 300 bird of prey were found to have been poisoned or suffered some form of unnatural death between 2007 and 2019

The vast majority of Ireland’s birds of prey killed by human attacks or other activity were poisoned, according to a detailed new report spanning more(...)

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(...)

A female spiny seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) shelters is a healthy meadow of common eelgrass. Photograph: Alexander Mustard

Some of Ireland’s most important protected marine habitats are experiencing “serious deterioration and in some cases outright destruction”, a report b(...)

 Sika like to tear the bark from  young conifers. Illustration: Michael Viney

“Seizing the opportunity, the Stalker steadied his rifle . . . He set the double trigger, fixed the ’scope on the target area and gently squeezed. Fas(...)

Even the robust oystercatcher had fallen from 109 pairs to 34 on the Inishkeas.

In the many years of this column, I’ve explored much bad news about Ireland’s birds – species after species shown as “threatened” or “vulnerable” in t(...)

The European Commission said last week that 154 sites (out of 423) had not yet been designated as special areas of conservation in the ‘Atlantic biogeographical’ region in Ireland. File photograph: Getty

Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan has said he is determined to address a persistent failure by Ireland to protect habitats under the Europ(...)

Cocksfoot grass: their hint of purple strong against the light in a sunny meadow

Weeks of cold, raw, early rain, then droughty weeks of a misplaced summer; weeks of showery rain again, some of it teasingly warm: such are the mood s(...)

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