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(...)

Green Party members Malcolm Noonan,  Eamon Ryan and Roderick O’Gorman  at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government’s decision to move responsibility for nature and biodiversity to the Department of Housing has been strongly objected to by a broad ran(...)

They will be celebrating World Bee Day on May 20th, with activities based on the wonderful world of bees.

National Biodiversity Week 2020 is offering a large number of opportunities to get up close to nature – even if Covid-19 has forced a switch to online(...)

Hen harrier in flight. Targeted use of bait laced with poison to kill protected birds of prey remains widespread. Photograph: Richard Mills/BirdWatch Ireland

Irish wildlife groups have called for the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) to be put on an independent footing with increased powers on en(...)

Rarest of all the Dooaghtry snails is the sand-bowl amber snail or Quickella arenaria

A sharp turn of the road on our hillside presents a view that helps to put the “wild” in the Wild Atlantic Way. From the rising mass of Mweelrea, shar(...)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said ‘the report highlights the challenges to conserve biodiversity in Ireland.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Agricultural practices are impacting negatively on 70 per cent of internationally important habitats in Ireland, a report submitted to the EU by the N(...)

Minister for  Heritage  Josepha Madigan (right) is pictured at the  National Biodiversity Conference at Dublin Castle with Jane Stout, Professor in Botany at Trinity College Dublin, and Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council. Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography.

A series of 40 actions to address a biodiversity crisis facing Ireland have been announced by a coalition of Government departments, State agencies, e(...)

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