A view of a rail line in Co Offaly after the removal of hedges and trees by Irish Rail. Photograph: Pippa Hackett

Irish Rail has rejected claims it had engaged in “wanton hedgerow destruction at the height of the nesting season” by cutting back trees and hedges on(...)

The National Parks and Wildlife Service spearheads a conservation programme aimed at saving the curlew which was once amongst the most common birds in Ireland. Photograph: Joe Shannon

The cry of the curlew could soon be a distant memory for Irish people and as the species continues its precipitous decline its disappearance from the (...)

Pintails, a species of dabbling duck. Photograph: Colum Clarke

The number of waterbirds wintering in Ireland has declined 15 per cent over the past five years and by 40 per cent since the mid-1990s, a study publis(...)

Karol McElhinney, who heads Glenmore Estate, said he did not know how many trees or hedgerows were removed but that any felling of trees and hedging was for ‘maintenance and health and safety’ reasons. Photograph: Malcolm Riddell

An investigation has begun into a large-scale clearance of mature trees and hedgerows at one of the biggest organic farms in Europe, in Co Donegal, af(...)

The corncrake, known for its rasping call, was once widespread across the countryside, but the population was decimated by mechanised farming. Photograph: iStock

The State’s bid to save the corncrake from national extinction received a boost last year with the number of calling males increasing by 8 per cent to(...)

Wicklow accounts for over a third of all deer shot by licensed hunters in Ireland in the last hunting season, and a high concentration of deer in certain areas has been linked to outbreaks of TB.  Photograph: Wild Deer Association of Ireland

Plans to cull possibly thousands of wild deer in Co Wicklow are to be stepped up next month with the setting-up of teams to police animal populations (...)

 Hunting and conservation: No hunter sets out to return empty-handed but   there is more to the pursuit than killing. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg/Getty

Very early on a recent Sunday morning, Mark Craven took his boat out on Lough Ree. He carefully arranged 30 duck decoys – floating models of mallard a(...)

Galway City Council workers placing sandbags at the Spanish Arch to prevent flooding by high tides during storm Callum in Galway city on Thursday Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group has warned the public to stay away from coastal areas until the lifting of a Status Orange weather warning (...)

Wildlife ranger Lorcan Scott is responsible for more than 50 raised bogs in the east and south of Ireland.

What do you think of when you hear the words wildlife ranger? A man in a flak jacket with binoculars and a camera slung across his shoulders and a gun(...)

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