View from Ballycroy, Erris, Co Mayo: New Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan said the expansion addressed a long-standing strategy to “align key environmental assets”. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Wilderness is something Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring knows a bit about after 23 years in politics. However, the relative(...)

Illustration: Michael Viney

When this column began in October, 40 years ago, the acre had scraggy hawthorns leaning from the ditch, a big, wild willow sprawled across the stream (...)

Saoirse Ronan featured in a Bord Bia advertising campaign for Origin Green

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has called on the Government to scrap its “Origin Green” certification scheme on the basis that “some of the country’s (...)

Threat of extinction: curlews were on the official Irish list of birds on offer to shooters until 2012. Illustration: Michael Viney

Autumn’s silences on this side of the hill can be quite profound, as much a signal of the season as the magical refocusing of light. A sound I could p(...)

White clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) underwater on riverbed, River Leith, Cumbria, England, UK. File photograph

Large numbers of dead freshwater crayfish have been reported in the River Barrow from Carlow to Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny, in recent days. The ou(...)

The white-clawed crayfish is a globally threatened species and Ireland holds one of the largest surviving populations. Photograph: Ragnar Schmuck

Water users are being urged to take extensive precautions to stop the spread of a highly infectious Crayfish Plague after confirmation of an outbreak (...)

Red list: 40 of Ireland’s 244 types of water beetles are at risk. Illustration: Michael Viney

All summer, fresh images of Irish wildlife have appeared in the inbox of “Eye on Nature”, often through capture with smartphones that are also cameras(...)

River Barrow trail: “The grassy towpath is the green frame for the river,” according to Olivia O’Leary River Barrow trail: “The grassy towpath is the green frame for the river,” according to Olivia O’Leary. Photograph: Paddy Woodworth

“Step out on the grassy way which is the Barrow towpath and you have stepped into another world. You can walk along the river for miles without hearin(...)

Teresa Wall, of Rathingle Cottages, Swords, Dublin. Photograph: Courts Collins.

A hill-walker who saw a €40,000 damages award for injuries suffered in a fall on a boardwalk on the Wicklow Way overturned has now been told she will (...)

Wing and a prayer: treating an injured pigeon. Photograph: Himanshu Vyas/Getty

A couple of weeks ago, a feral pigeon arrived on my doorstep, and forced me to reconsider some cherished preconceptions.   It had been attacked,(...)

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